When learning how to solve inequalities, algebra 1 students usually start with solving linear inequalities with one variable. They thus become proficient in solving inequalities using addition and subtraction. Early lessons on inequalities can be challenging for some students, which is why math teachers need to have specific strategies in place to address potential difficulties […]

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# Inequalities and Their Graphs

Inequalities and their graphs is one of the starting lessons in algebra 1 when learning how to solve inequalities. This is when students become fluent in recognizing and checking solutions of inequalities, as well as in graphing inequalities. Even though this topic may come across as confusing for some students, there are various ways in […]

Continue reading# Teaching Operations on Integers

When learning algebra, students learn how to perform different operations on integers, such as adding or subtracting integers, as well as multiplying and dividing them, by applying the appropriate rules for each operation. Teaching children integer operations can sometimes be challenging and children can easily mix up all those plusses and minuses! To help out, […]

Continue reading# Teaching the Real Number System

One of the first things that students learn when diving into algebra is the real number system. This entails learning about the different number sets that the real number system is composed of, such as rational and irrational numbers, integers and non-integers, negative and whole numbers… To put it in a nutshell, the variety of […]

Continue reading# 5 Engaging Math Activities for High School

Finding a subject interesting and enjoyable has long been pointed out by studies as extremely important for students’ learning, as well as their academic performance, and mathematics is no exception to this. Yet sometimes, math teachers or educators can feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start when it comes to creating a more fun and engaging climate […]

Continue reading# The Distributive Property Activity – Cupcakes and Algebra

Okay, this lesson doesn’t really require cupcakes but they can help! Before you ever teach the students the mathematical definition and how to use the Distributive Property you need to make sure they have an everyday definition and understanding of the word Distribute. Distributive Property Activities – Pass Them Out! What does it mean to […]

Continue reading# Solving Equations Christmas Coloring Worksheets

What could be better than FREE Solving Equations Christmas Coloring Worksheets? Ten of them! We have created 10 Christmas math coloring worksheets for you to use during the days leading up to the holiday break. Therefore you are keep the students engaged while staying on topic. We all know how difficult it is to keep […]

Continue reading# Maze Solving Equations Activities

Below you will find many Maze Solving Equations Worksheets to use with your Algebra 1 class. Be sure to scroll down and check them out after reading the lesson. Why Use Solving Equation Maze Activities? Let’s face it, when you are teaching your students to Solve Equations it can get really boring really fast. As […]

Continue reading# Translating Algebraic Expressions

Rather than using a boring old Translating Algebraic Expressions Worksheet to teach this lesson we made a Variables and Expressions Game that requires students get a grasp of Translating Algebraic Expressions if they want to win! First you will need to download the Translating Algebraic Expressions Activity by clicking the button below! Translating Algebraic Expressions […]

Continue reading# Cinco De Mayo – Theoretical and Experimental Probability

Here is an AMAZING lesson you can do with any math class! Get a Piñata Make sure you pick the candy that goes inside. It is best if you get a piñata that you actually have to fill yourself. This way you can fill it with pre-counted bags of candy.I would limit it to 10 or less types […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Dividing Polynomials

There are 3 different types of problems involving Dividing Polynomials. This lesson along with the lessons on Solving Systems of Equations are the two MOST difficult lessons for Algebra 1 students. (Here are our FREE lessons on Solving Systems – Solving Systems by Graphing – Solving Systems by Substitution) Here are the 3 Types of Dividing Polynomial Questions […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Simplifying Radicals

This lesson on Simplifying Radicals should be extremely simple and always winds up not being because this happens… Why Do Students Do This?This happens because the students stop one step too early. They do this because that is how it is taught.However, if when we teach this lesson we ad one more step like this…. Then the […]

Continue reading# Factoring to Solve Quadratic Equations – Know Your Roots

One fun way to start this lesson (which we all know is one of the toughest concepts for our students to grasp) is to start with a story. Factoring is about understanding and then calculating where a mathematical statement comes from. It is nothing more than that. I know, sounds boring…. Bear with me! It gets better 🙂 The reason […]

Continue reading# Multiplying and Factoring – Teachers Give and Teachers Take Away!

When it comes to preparing your students for Algebra 2 this might be the most important lesson. We all know Factoring is one of the toughest lessons that an Algebra 2 teacher must face. One of the reasons for that is because the students do not get a solid foundation and mastery of the basics of […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Zero and Negative Exponents

Sometimes in Math we have things come up that need to be proved but our students do not yet have the skill set mathematically to prove the new concept. This is one of those times. However, we can show them the proof they need for zero and negative exponents using patterns. Why is a0 = 1?Usually when we prove […]

Continue reading# Solving Systems by Graphing – X Marks the Spot!

This activity is extremely fun and my students love it every year because they get to compete!How to Set Up the Solving Systems by Graphing Treasure Map ActivityHere’s what you will need: A picture (I draw mine) of your classroom from a birds eye view. You are going to turn it into a treasure map. […]

Continue reading# Rate of Change and Slope – Ski Through Algebra!

Slope is such and easy thing to teach and I see so many math teachers make it so difficult! Here is the bottom line. Instead of getting the students to memorize the rise and run rules of “up and to the right and down and to the left being the same and positive” and vise verse […]

Continue reading# How to Teach Patterns and Linear Functions

Recognizing Patterns and Linear FunctionsRecognizing patterns is an everyday skill. We see them everywhere. Patterns and Linear Functions are the most common and easiest to recognize. Visual AidsThe more visual aids you can use to show what makes graphs turn out linear the faster your students will realize that every number in a linear T-chart follows […]

Continue reading# Teaching Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities are most easily related to Distance. We have an Algebra 2 Lesson that does a good job of explaining this. It can be found here: Absolute Value Functions and Graphs – Real World Applications How Tough Are Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities? When it comes to Algebra 1 this is […]

Continue reading# Solving Proportions – Bad Teacher!

NOTHING BOTHERS ME MORE than when I start to teach solving proportions and my students yell out “Cross Multiply and Divide!” They yell it so proudly like they already know what I’m going to teach them. Like they are masters of proportions. Where Does the Problem Start with Solving Proportions?The problem is a good Pre-Algebra teacher would not […]

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