Love from the Middle!

It's HUMP DAY! I wanted to share the love and link up to some awesome middle school sellers from Teachers Pay Teachers! Check them out below!


I wanted to share with you a New Year's FREEBIE! I plan to do one of these for each upcoming year for you to have an activity to help ease back into math in your secondary classroom. I love how practicing graphing is applicable to so many math standards. Our entire second semester consists of graphing equations, finding slope, systems of equations, rate of change, transformations, and the list goes on. This gives your students great practice and they love to color it at the end. I always hang them up in the hallway. Kids love to see their work hanging up!

You could even have students write New Year's resolutions inside the numbers before hanging up!

I have, Who Has..?

I am so excited about this new game! I wanted to engage all my students in an activity where they were finding the slope of a linear equation from a graph. I remembered playing "I have, Who has..." games with my elementary students back in student teaching. I am starting a new line in my TPT store of these games!  Here is the first one!

I have all my students stand up in the room. This gets them up and out of their seat! I pass out the cards to each student. There are 36 cards total. If you have less than 36 students give some students two cards. I tell the students to go ahead and look at their graph on their card and find the slope of the given line. Each graph already has two points given so this helps as well! 

You can start at any card because they all loop back to each other. You can start with a card or have a student start the game. 
I set the stopwatch on my phone to time the students or you can Click here for a free Google stopwatch. 
As the teacher, find the card that you are going to start with, on the Answer Key. You can follow along on the key to make sure the students are correct. If the question doesn't match the answer key then that student is incorrect. 

They love competing with other classes to see who can get through the loop the fastest. You really have to pay attention and know your card's slope! Our first run took about 7 minutes. The second run was only 3 minutes! You can also write the times from each class on the board and give a small incentive to the class who can do it the fastest! Have fun!

It's Christmas Time!!!!
I love this time of year because it seems like everyone really gets into the Christmas spirit! Being a middle school teacher, it can be hard at times with what to fill those days with. We don't have all the fun crafts like Elementary schools do.
I am going to share some things I do in my own classroom that serve as double duty! I love having my students work on Coordinate Graphing Mystery Pictures. So much of 8th grade math and high school math involve something to do with a graph. We are about to start our Linear Functions Unit and these graphing activities serve as a great review of the Coordinate Plane. These graphing pictures use all four quadrants and include ordered pairs like the following: (-1.5, 3.25). These are not computer generated! These are hand-drawn so they turn out exactly like the picture. They are more challenging for students and I love them for that reason. I will always have students asking for another one when they finish!

One of my absolute favorite Mystery pictures I have created is "The Mean One". He looks great displayed on the wall outside my classroom! Click here to get this activity for your students!

I also have Math Movie Questions to accompany the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas(2000)". These two paired together will save your sanity that last week before Christmas Break. 

Here is another Coordinate Graphing Mystery Picture that I also use as decorations! My students love this popular Snowman! Click here to get this activity for your students!

There are also Math Movie Questions to accompany the movie Frozen (If you can stand the singing of "Let it Go, Let it Go!" a million times!). Click here for the Math Movie Questions.

Merry Christmas!