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Hi there! My name is Sarah Carter. I am a high school math teacher in the tiny town of Drumright, OK. If you can't already tell from the title of my blog, I LOVE teaching math. I also love foldable, interactive notebooks, and origami. My favorite number is pi.

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2h ago

Bring the fun of bingo to your classroom, birthday party, or family game night with these free printable blank bingo cards.
How to Easily Add Bingo to Your Lesson Plans or Party
Bingo is a great way to add some fun to your classroom or event. Here’s an easy way to implement bingo without having to spend hours making unique bingo cards for each person.
1. Download and print a blank bingo template for each person.
2. Come up with a list of at 24 questions with unique answers. Questions with shorter answers are definitely better.
Note: if your bingo card does not h ..read more

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2h ago

These blank sudoku grid printables are available in two formats with either one large blank puzzle or four smaller blank sudoku puzzles.
These blank grids are perfect for creating your own sudoku puzzles for others to solve or to create your own copy of the sudoku puzzle from a newspaper column or your favorite puzzle book.
This can be especially helpful when working with young students who might need to start over a puzzle midway through.
Two Versions of Blank Sudoku Grids
I created two different free blank sudoku grids for you to print and use.
The first version f ..read more

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2h ago

Give your calculus students practice applying the power rule for derivatives with this fun bingo activity featuring 40 unique printable bingo cards for free!
Who is this activity for?
I created this bingo activity for my AP Calculus AB students to practice applying the power rule when taking derivatives, but it should be able to be used by any teacher teaching any sort of calculus class.
Students will need to be able to rewrite expressions involving fractions and radicals as negative and rational exponents in order to be able to apply the power rule to these expressions.
If your students nee ..read more

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2h ago

Check out these PDF templates for Pascal’s Triangle which feature both filled and blank Pascal’s Triangles to use in your math lessons.
What is Pascal’s Triangle?
Pascal’s triangle is a triangular array of numbers (specifically positive integers) named after famous French mathematician Blaise Pascal. Pascal’s triangle is used in the areas of algebra, combinatorics, and probability theory.
The first row of Pascal’s Triangle features a single copy of the number 1. The second row features two copies of the number 1. Each subsequent row of Pascal’s Triangle starts with a 1 and ends wi ..read more

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2d ago

The Silent Board Game is a strategy to help students practice finding and writing the rule for a function.
I was introduced to the silent board game strategy at a session on “Fun Functions: Active and Interesting Function Activities” hosted by CPM at the 2016 Summer Conference of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Setting up the Silent Board Game
When I entered the session that the room was in, one of the first things I noticed was a laminated strip of paper taped to the wall.
You could also use technology to project an input/output table on the screen for students to see.
CPM ..read more

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1w ago

The Loops Puzzle is a fun edge-matching puzzle which involves arranging the pieces to make a square containing closed loops. This puzzle is actually three different puzzles in one!
Instructions
Arrange the nine pieces in a 3×3 square to form designs with the following number of closed loops: one closed loop, two closed loops, and three closed loops.
Puzzle Source
This was the very first puzzle that jumped out to me when I started browsing the collection of 199 different mathematical puzzles offered as a free download from IREM de Lyon. This is a top-notch puzzle resource if you speak Frenc ..read more

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1w ago

Practice converting between radical form and rational exponent form with this free and fun rational exponents activity that is formatted as a square tarsia matching puzzle.
What math courses is this activity suitable for?
I created this square matching puzzle to give my AP Calculus AB students some much-needed practice converting between expressions written in radical or rational form and expressions written as rational exponents.
While this is considered an Algebra 2 topic in Oklahoma where I teach, the majority of my calculus students have forgotten that the square root of x can be rewritten ..read more

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1w ago

Can you assemble the four pieces to create a 4×4 square with a checkered pattern?
Instructions
Place the four provided pieces on the 4 x 4 grid to form a square with a checkered pattern.
Puzzle Source
I ran across this puzzle in a collection of 199 different mathematical puzzles that is offered as a free download from IREM de Lyon. This is a top-notch puzzle resource if you speak French.
I sadly do not speak French, but I was able to use the Google Translate app to translate quite a few of the puzzle instructions in order to use them in my classroom. Other puzzles I typed up from this same ..read more

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2w ago

Download this printable 1 cm graph paper. This standard graph paper features a 1 cm grid and is available to download for free in a convenient pdf format. It is designed to print on US letter size paper.
Need Another Type of Graph Paper?
As a high school math teacher, I often find myself creating various types of cartesian graph paper for my students to use for various projects or to accompany a specific math worksheet. I have decided to start uploading these as pdf files so other teachers can use them in their classroom as well.
List of Graph Paper Types Inch Grid Sizes ..read more

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3w ago

Can you place the numbers 1 to 7 in the diagram so that each line of numbers has the same sum?
My students tackled this puzzle this past week as one of our puzzles of the week. A few of my high school students had a bit of trouble making sense of the puzzle directions. They just wanted to make just the two horizontal lines have the same sum.
So if you are working with younger students, it might be worth it to go over the directions before starting and make sure students realize where all of the lines of 3 are in the puzzle diagram.
Puzzle Instructions
Place the numbers 1 to 7 in the triangula ..read more