### Math Mystery Crime Case

7.RP.1,2 Students will love to play the role of the detective in this lesson as they use their rates/slope/linear equations skills to solve the mystery of who the thief is.

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### Math Mystery Crime Case

### Simplifying Expressions Rich Task

### Add & Subtract Fractions Rich Task

### Integer Football

### The Student Centered Classroom

### Answer “When Am I Ever Going To Need This?” The First Week Of School

### Describing The Speed Of A Car

### Best Activity To Practice Problems

### Geometry Walk

### What Is A Rich Task and What’s The Point?

### Discovering Volume Rich Task

### Classroom Management is King

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7-fp, 7.RP, 7th Grade, 8.EE, 8.F, 8th Grade, Common Core Standards, Expressions & Equations, Front Page, Functions, Ratios & Proportional Relationships, Real-Life Math LessonsBy Matt1 Comment

7.RP.1,2 Students will love to play the role of the detective in this lesson as they use their rates/slope/linear equations skills to solve the mystery of who the thief is.

A rich task to discover and practice how to find like terms and then simplify expressions.

A rich task to discover and practice how to add and subtract fractions through modeling with fraction strips.

6.NS, 6th Grade, 7.NS, 7th Grade, Common Core Standards, Real-Life Math Lessons, The Number SystemBy Matt6 Comments

American Football is a game of positive and negative yards. This game simulates this experience. It shows students where negatives exist in real life (America’s favorite sport) and helps them to practice and further realize the rule for adding integers of different signs.

This year I have made the pledge to make my classroom a student centered one – a classroom where the teacher is the not the focus of delivering content but rather a facilitator enabling the students to discover and make connections to the content. I have decided that I have been teaching for enough years…

You know at some point in the school year the question is going to come. It always does and at a very inopportune time. “When am I ever going to need this in my life” or “What’s the point of this?” or “Why do I need to know this?” This happens to me every year…

6.RP, 6th Grade, 7.G, 7.RP, 7th Grade, Common Core Standards, Real-Life Math Lessons, The Number SystemBy MattLeave a comment

In this lesson students will see why math is important in helping us describe things like the speed of a car. Without math describing how fast a car is going is much more difficult. Students will watch a video, make observations, and discover math to help them describe what is happening.

In my opinion this is the absolute best activity to review problems or practice concepts. This is an engaging activity that can be played as a game or not depending on your preference.

6.G, 6th Grade, 7.G, 7th Grade, Common Core Standards, Geometry, Real-Life Math LessonsBy MattLeave a comment

In this lesson students will take a walk and discover where geometric figures are around them. Please read the lesson plan fully as there is a lot of depth and variety that this lesson can provide which is all spelled out in the lesson plan.

Definitions of a rich task can get rather technical and annoying. Let’s make it simple because it should be. A rich task is a lesson, activity, or task in math that takes a student beyond the old mundane math practices. Most people consider the old math practices things like taking notes, practice problems, worksheets, bookwork,…

This is a discovery rich task that leads students to discovering the general formula for the volume or a rectangular prism, triangular prism, and cylinder: V = Bh (volume = area of the base times the height).

My first year in the classroom I had a lot of fantastic ideas. I had an undeniable energy, will, and desire to ensure my students learned everything I could muster to teach them. It was going to be a good year. I was ready. My first year of teaching was one of the worst years…