Digital Math Word Walls for the Virtual Classroom

Interactive digital math word wall updates for distance learning! All of the digital word wall links are updates to their existing printable math word walls so that you have what you need whether school is face to face, virtual or following a hybrid blended model. You all have been making these amazing bitmoji virtual classrooms to reach students distance learning and keeping your kids connected to their math curriculum, to each other and to school. After lots of thought, I figured out a way to make digital math word walls that can keep students connected to their math vocabulary. I also show how to share a virtual classroom with students so that you can edit your digital math word wall to deliver math notes, math curriculum, math videos or whatever you’d like!

Over the years, I have written a lot about math word walls and how strongly I feel about them. When I was in the classroom, they were an extension of my teaching, gave my students the tools they needed to work with a greater sense of independence and allowed me to make visual connections to other parts our math curriculum while teaching. I always find myself gushing about math word walls because I know how well they worked for my students.

Algebra activities for the blended learning classroom

Will we be remote? In person? Following some sort of hybrid blended learning model? Will we need digital algebra resources or even a virtual algebra word wall? Because it's so up in the air, and because updating my printable resources was something I should have done a long time ago, I have been working on my algebra resources to now also include digital links to interactive versions online. Over the last few months I have been updating my printable algebra activities to now also include links to interactive digital versions of the activities for a hybrid model of blended learning. This way you will be ready for anything! Whether we are back in the classroom teaching face to face, teaching from home remotely or following a blended learning model, you will be able to easily assign algebra activities to all of your students. The GOOGLE Slides and GOOGLE Forms also help save paper, even when we are back to school full time or will help when assigning activities to students who are absent.  It has been important to me to update the original printable files with links to the new digital math activities so that you have access to both. This will he be helpful for remote learning, for make-up work when a student is absent, for saving paper, for blended math classrooms, flipped algebra classrooms and for students who need printed form.

Will we be remote? In person? Following some sort of hybrid blended learning model? Because it's so up in the air, and because updating my printable resources was something I should have done a long time ago, I have been working on my algebra resources to now also include digital links.

Every algebra activity in this post is in both printable and digital form (within the same file) to work if we follow either a distance, face-to-face or hybrid model at school. I have been updating all of my printable algebra activities to now also include links to interactive digital versions so that you will have the activities you need.

Visual Math YouTube Playlist

Over the last few months I've been building a visual math playlist on my YouTube channel with videos on multiplying and dividing fractions, working with integers, solving equations and more. All of my math videos can be found on my YouTube channel. I've been adding videos to go along with my free math cheat sheets (mainly for algebra and algebra 2), videos on ways to make math visual and some tech tips. I really enjoy making and editing videos, so more to come soon.

Over the last few months I've been building a visual math playlist on my YouTube channel with videos on multiplying and dividing fractions, working with integers, solving equations and more. 

How to multiply fractions using area models video on my YouTube channel

Using Algebra Tiles in Middle School Math


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Inside this pack of algebra tiles printables is everything you need to bring algebra tiles into your middle school math classroom, including: 

Moving Math Forward: Virtual Middle School Math Conference

I am so incredibly excited to be presenting at the Moving Math Forward conference this summer.  My session "Using Algebra Tiles in Middle School Math" will cover integers (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing), solving equations, simplifying expressions, multiplying polynomials and factoring quadratics. My daughter will make an appearance to help with a prime vs. composite numbers investigation using tiles. I also recorded a short section on how to turn paper algebra tiles into durable tiles that will last for years.

UPDATE: If you missed the conference, you can still learn all about algebra tiles through this algebra tiles tutorial video.

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I am so incredibly excited to be presenting at the Moving Math Forward conference this summer. 

My session "Using Algebra Tiles in Middle School Math" will cover integers (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing), solving equations, simplifying expressions, multiplying polynomials and factoring quadratics. My daughter will make an appearance to help with a prime vs. composite numbers investigation using tiles. I also recorded a short section on how to turn the paper algebra tiles from the resources file into durable tiles that will last for years.

Using Algebra Tiles in Middle School Math

How it works:

Our sessions are pre-recorded so that we can close-caption and edit our videos to jam pack them with information. A resource file will also be shared. 

In my section of the resource file will be a set of printable algebra tiles and all of the algebra tile mats I use throughout the video. These mats can be given to students in page protectors to use at their desks or you can use the mats to teach either remotely from home or under a document camera back at school.

We will each be holding a live Q&A session in the Moving Math Forward Facebook group. This link will be sent to all participants.

Can't watch in real-time? Not to worry! The videos will all be available to watch for 3 months after June 22.




Did you miss the MMF conference? Not to worry!


Not to worry! I have made my algebra tiles video available here on my blog:





-Shana McKay
Scaffolded Math and Science


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Hands-on Even & Odd Number Investigation!

In this post I want to share a hands-on investigation into even and odd numbers that my daughter and I worked on together. This activity is so simple but really works. A couple days ago my daughter was working on a math coloring sheet I found online. We were able to discuss how even+even=even. Like people all over the world, I have been grappling with my newfound math homeschooling position so doing what I can to make it work!

Like people all over the world, I have been grappling with my newfound kindergarten homeschooling position after telling myself for many years that I could never teach another human being how to read. But here we are, reading, writing, learning sight words and doing lots of math. School has been great about sending activities and ideas and I've filled in with things found online and resources I make based on questions that arise. 

I let my daughter take the lead by asking what she'd like to learn (often I get an "I don't know" but sometimes she'll give me something) and build on places where she's had questions. This has been one great benefit of this time in quarantine. Especially as an only child, she is especially missing her peers but this time together as her teacher has allowed us to sort of bond over math. 

In this post I want to share a hands-on investigation into even and odd numbers that we worked on together.