Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.
 
I used a round-the-room activity as a closing (20-30 minute closing) for my lesson on graphing using x-and y-intercepts. The night before, my students watched a video on graphing using intercepts and how to algebraically find them. We reviewed the concept and graphed with pipe-cleaners and laminated graph paper (not in love with the exact approach I used) and then they completed this activity. 

I like using this activity because the answer is there, so if they have the incorrect answer it prompts them to ask me and then I can clear up misconceptions. It is also easy to check because I make them write the answer letter in the last column. This is a great alternative to a worksheet! I have a small room and 32 freshman had enough room to complete the activity.

Materials:
1) Answer sheet - 1 per student
2) Question/Answer Sheets - Print 2 pages on 1 page so each page has a question and an answer

Solution:
1) C
2) J
3) K
4) G
5) B
6) D
7) L
8) I
9) A
10) F
11) E
12) H
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Comments

08/21/2012 12:03

I'm totally going to use this this year. You saved me so much time by posting and sharing this. Thank you so much. I will leave feedback for you after we do it. Thanks!!!!

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Mary
08/21/2012 17:14

That is a super idea. Thank you so much for sharing and for giving us the Word doc to go with it.

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Jennifer cook
08/22/2012 02:58

This would be so easy to do with a "joke" worksheet! You could just cut and paste questions and answers and hang them around the room so the kids have to get up and move around to get the answer to the joke. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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Megan Smith
10/17/2012 17:42

I used this today in my algebra math lab class. It worked well and was really easy since you posted everything!! THANKS!! :)

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Natalie Turbiville
10/18/2012 03:34

That's great! Thanks for the comment.

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Chase Arrington
10/14/2013 09:57

Great activity! The kids enjoyed walking around and interacting with one another. It was A LOT better than guided/independent practice with a worksheet!

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Kathy Morgan
02/03/2014 15:17

Thanks so much for sharing this! I have done similar activities with other lessons. It's so nice to have everything ready to go! You saved me a lot of time. :)

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Natalie Turbiville
02/14/2014 12:23

Great! Glad it could help :)

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Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.