Math = Love: Student Made Algebra Foldables 2014-2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Student Made Algebra Foldables 2014-2015

On the day after the EOI, I gave my Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 students a project that I've used before: design your own interactive notebook page.  This time around, I made a few changes.  I asked them to think about something that would have been helpful to have in their notes to study for their EOI.  The test was fresh in their minds and so was whatever concepts they had struggled with.

They had to either choose something that wasn't include in our notebook pages or take a notebook page I had created for them and make it better in some substantial way.  This year's twist? Students had to have their rough draft approved by me before they could start on their final draft.  This led to (I think) a lot more thoughtful pages.  I was able to spot some student misconceptions along the way, too.  Plus, I was able to tell a lot of students that they needed more examples or remind them that they needed to include some sort of graphic organizer or foldable.  I sent several students back to the drawing board, and I felt okay with doing this because I knew that this was only a rough draft.

Some students were a little sneaky and didn't let me approve their rough drafts.  In the future, I would give them some sort of planning/signature page where I had to sign off on the project at various stages.  Remember - these are student created pages.  There are mistakes.  There are very vague and misleading directions.

I'm posting these as inspiration for you to use in your classroom.  Take a student idea and make it better.  There are a lot of these, so I'll post them over multiple days to avoid totally overloading you with photos.

Conic Sections Foldable - I'm not going to post the inside because it is barely legible.


Completing the Square Notes



Geometric Sequences and Series




Rationalizing the Denominator Foldable





Conic Sections: Circles






Calculator Steps Foldable



Stem and Leaf Plot Notes


Conic Section Foldable





Completing the Square Notes






Box and Whisker Plot Poster









Divide Polynomials Using the Box Method






Probability Notes






Quadratic Functions







8 comments:

  1. These are great. Love the "parable", made me giggle a bit.

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    1. I actually didn't notice it until I was uploading the pictures. It made me smile!

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  2. This is a super awesome idea. I will be using it next year! Thanks.

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    1. Hope your students enjoy the chance to be creative as much as mine did!

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  3. I just wanted to say that i LOVE your blog. It makes me wish I was a general ed math teacher! While I say that, I do love being a special education math (and science next year) teacher. I have just finished reading every single post on your blog! (it's taken a few months, there are so many good ones!) You are the only person to comment on my blog (with 4 posts) so far and it really meant a lot to me. I am going to be trying INBs with my Resource Chemistry class next year and will be siting you a lot i am sure! I am hoping to use my blog like you do as a place to reflect on everything and possibly share things with the blog world that could help someone out!

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    1. Wow, that is dedication! Looking forward to reading more of your posts :)

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  4. I love this idea. My students always like how I "organize" my notes. I have learned to interpret that as they enjoy when we do pages in our Interacitve Notebooks. This allows them to organize their own thoughts. It's a great review. Why have them do it after a test and not before? Also an idea for checking the rough drafts. What if you gave them an interactive notebook planning page, much like some teachers use to plan out their notebooks for the year?

    Ashley

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    1. Great idea, Ashley! I did them after the test just because we were pressed for time before the test. We tested in mid-April, but we didn't finish school until mid-May.

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