I remember the first time that I was introduced to using tables for multiplying large numbers, division and more. Prior to that, my experience with tables included reading them, interpreting them, and graphing them. Pretty straight forward stuff that most Algebra students experience. Yet here I was, in a class for math teachers, looking at a table that was clearly written by a 2nd grader. I don't mean to say that the handwriting was so bad that it looked like a 2nd grader had written it. No, the table was literally written by a 2nd grader as proof to the problem they had been working on in Keep Reading...

## How to Use Doodle Notes to Explore Absolute Value

As student attention spans get shorter and shorter, teaching for long-term retention becomes more challenging. Students groan at the thought of taking notes and listening to a lecture, and yet in math class, it is inevitable that there will be some direct instruction each time we introduce a new concept. Today I want to introduce you to a new method of note taking, and provide a free sample to explore absolute value with your students. *Please Note: This post may contain affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* This is a guest post Keep Reading...

## Christmas Algebra Riddles: Systems of Linear Equations {FREE}

Well, I can hardly believe it, but today is the LAST freebie in my "12 Days of Christmas" math printables series! I hope you've enjoyed the free math resources I've shared, and can incorporate them into your math plans this December. Today, I'm sharing another set of silly Christmas riddles, but these practice pages focus on solving systems of linear equations. When I taught Algebra, this was one of my favorite topics to teach. I loved exploring the connections between the equations, the graph and the solution. And I liked helping kids understand what the solution represents. So if this is Keep Reading...

## Christmas Algebra Riddles: Solving Linear Equations {FREE}

I'm excited to share the newest math freebie in my "12 Days of Christmas" printables series! If you've missed the rest, no worries! They're not going anywhere and you can still get all 12 free math resources. Yay! But if you're looking specifically for Algebra ideas, then you're in the right place. Today I'm sharing some simple, low prep Algebra practice to work on solving linear equations. (And stay tuned for more Christmas themed Algebra practice tomorrow!) *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure Keep Reading...

## Christmas Graphing Challenge: Graphing Linear Equations

If you teach Pre-Algebra or Algebra, then I have a fun Christmas themed freebie for you today! One skill that is so important in early Algebra is graphing linear equations. I spent a lot of time as a teacher trying to help kids recognize that the graph is a picture of what the equation represents. It's just another way to represent the information. So to help kids understand the connections between a table, an equation and the graph of a line requires lots of practice and experimenting. So today, day 10 of my "12 Days of Christmas" math series will provide just that: graphing Keep Reading...

## Christmas Equations: Algebra Skills Activity {FREE}

Welcome to Day 9 in my "12 Days of Christmas" math series! I love creating fun, holiday themed math lessons, worksheets and games, and I hope that today's activity provides a fun Christmas challenge for your students! Use this set of Christmas equations in a number of different ways depending on the age of your kids. This easy to use Christmas equations worksheet is a great way to get kids thinking outside of the box, using their problem solving strategies and strengthening their algebraic reasoning skills! *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which help Keep Reading...

## Fall Leaves Sort: Slope Activity {FREE}

One of the concepts that can prove most vexing for Algebra students in understanding the slope of a line. What does that mean? What does it look like? There are a lot of different ways to approach it, and thinking about slope lots of different ways can help students make sense of it. One way that I like to help deepen students' understanding (of any concept, really) is by comparing and sorting. This easy to use slope activity requires kids to determine whether the slope is positive, negative, zero or undefined. And while it has a fun Fall theme, this can be used all year long. :) *Please Keep Reading...

## Algebra Essentials Resource Bundle

Before I began homeschooling my children, I was a classroom teacher. I taught in a variety of contexts and grade levels, but I always taught Algebra. Sometimes it was remedial Algebra sometimes College Algebra, and everything in between. And I loved it! But it seemed no matter what level of Algebra I was teaching, there were certain concepts that challenged kids. And these concepts were ones that I had to review or reteach, even when I was teaching high school seniors. Today I want to share a collection of lessons, guided notes and practice that cover all those tricky concepts. My goal with Keep Reading...

## Equivalent Expressions Activity {FREE}

Understanding how to work with expressions involving variables can be such a huge leap for kids. On more than one occasion, I've had students tell me, "I was great at math until it started to involve letters. What's up with that??" What I constantly tried to convey to my students was that a variable is still just a number. When you're feeling stuck, replace it with a number to try and figure out what's going on. So if your students are feeling frustrated or need extra practice simplifying and evaluating expressions, you will love this simple equivalent expressions activity. *Please Note: Keep Reading...

## 8 Engaging Early Algebra Lessons (FREE)

I love Algebra. It's true, I do! I don't even mind long, tedious calculations. I love the challenge of correctly "undoing" an equation to find the solution. I love knowing I can check my answer. I love the feeling of satisfaction when I correctly solve it. This is why I spent most of my time in the classroom as an Algebra teacher. In the beginning, however, students often get hung up on some of those early foundations, making the rest of their math career a challenge. So today I want to share a list of FREE Pre-algebra lessons and resources that will hopefully help your kids make sense of Keep Reading...