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Graphing Linear Equations–Common Core Style

Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Vernon’s Pre-Algebra classes participated in many Common Core Math activities that focused on the following standard:

A-CED.2: Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales.

Their students worked on investigations (see below to download), discussed their findings verbally and on the SMART board, and applied their knowledge on the Buzz Math computer website.  Well done students!

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Graphing Linear Equations Full Body Style

While some may have been tempted to show a movie before a break, Athena teachers continued instructing and engaging students in mathematics.  In Ms. Ruggeri’s Integrated Algebra class, students continued learning about graphing linear equations–Full Body Style.

After receiving a tweet from the Teaching Channel, I discovered an activity that fully engages students both physically and mentally (  Students were divided into groups of 3 or 4.  One member was the y-intercept and the others were the slope.  Each group was given an equation to graph.  The y-intercept student started the graph, then the slope students continued the line.  When each student was in place, they connected their arms to ‘draw a line through the points’.  Click below to view photos or watch a part of this lesson.

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BuzzMath Helps Students Achieve Mastery

Today in Mrs. Davis’ Algebra class, students continued learning about graphing linear equations using the web program  As a result of this additional instruction and practice, all students in her class demonstrated mastery of the topic earning a gold star.  On, the gold star is earned by getting all 10 questions completely correct.  This program allows students to learn from their mistakes, make corrections, and demonstrate their understanding by giving them different problems.

When Mrs. Davis and I attended the 2011 Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) conference in Rochester, New York, back in October, we talked with representatives from  They showed us their program and explained how it differed from other online programs, such as Aleks and Castle Learning.  Impressed with what we saw, we decided to try it in her class.  According to, “BuzzMath is the best way to practice your middle school math skills.  It’s fun, it has immediate detailed feedback and examples that allow you to progress at your own pace.”  It should be noted that it has many topics that are in the High School Algebra Common Core Standards.

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