Solving equations using algebra tiles - 3 examples

In this post there are 3 examples for using algebra tiles to solve equations, a free set of paper algebra tiles and a free algebra tiles worksheet solving mat. Algebra tiles are awesome for making algebra visual, hands-on and help introduce students to new difficult topics in a fun way.

There are so many cool ways to use algebra tiles in math. Last week I wrote a post about using them to factor. In this post I wanted to show 3 examples for using algebra tiles to solve equations.

I'm using a set of paper algebra tiles in the photos, mainly so that I could cut one in half for example 2 that involves a fraction. 

So let's get into it!

How to use algebra tiles to factor quadratic trinomials - 4 examples with pictures

Algebra tiles are great for making math visual and allowing math students to better connect with more complicated algebra topics. This post has 4 examples with lots of pictures for how to use algebra tiles to factor quadratic trinomials. Includes a link to a free printable set of algebra tiles in pdf format. Algebra tiles make factoring visual and can be used to make factoring quadratic trinomials visual, hands-on and intuitive.

Algebra tiles are the coolest little things. They are a wonderful hands-on tool that can be used to visually represent so many topics in algebra, from solving equations to multiplying binomials to factoring quadratic trinomials.

Fun Pythagorean Theorem Activities and Teaching Ideas

Are you teaching the Pythagorean Theorem and looking for fun lesson and activity ideas? This post rounds up some fun Pythagorean Theorem activities and teaching ideas, including a wordless proof and worksheets that will engage all learners. Students in 8th grade math and geometry will love the hands-on and interactive ideas in this post. Included games, lesson ideas, worksheets, notes, independent work, activities that make for great centers and stations and a lot more.

This is a bit embarrassing, but because I try my best to swallow my pride and embrace growth mindset, I'm fessing up. It was during my first year teaching that I finally realized what a2 + b2 = c2 really meant. 

An easy check sheet for grading interactive notebooks

Do you love interactive notebooks but struggle to grade them? In this post I want to share a super simple plan and Excel check sheet for grading INBs that worked really well in my math classroom. The Excel download is free and editable.

Do you love interactive notebooks but struggle to grade them? In this post I want to share a super simple plan and Excel check sheet for grading INBs that worked really well in my math classroom.  

Voyage to the Treasure! collaborative math games

Are you looking for a fun math game that students can play to review what they have learned in class? Voyage to the Treasure! is a new collaborative math game where students work together to beat the Math Monster to the treasure! The directions are easy in this low-prep math game. Voyage to the Treasure! works great as a math review, a day when students have a sub or as a math center.

My friend Alex from Middle School Math Man and I have been working together on a new collaborative math game series called Voyage to the Treasure! In this game, students work together to beat the board and get to the treasure first. 

Fun Slope Activity Ideas

Are you searching for fun slope activity ideas? In this post are a bunch of slope activities for 8th grade math and algebra including a free pdf slope activity.

Slope is one of those super important Algebra topics that just keeps coming around. It even shows up years later in Calculus! I love teaching all topics with tons of activities that get students thinking independently and working with each other. This way everyone gets the practice they need to feel confident.

Every year, our slope and linear equation review in Algebra 2 is a little brutal. I'm convinced that when the word "slope" comes up, my students immediately shut off because they have heard it - a thousand times - before. Then I'll get x on top of y, errors with negative signs, graphed x and y intercepts instead of y intercepts and slope. You name it, I see it. Why? From seeing this same thing year after year, I really think it comes down to how well they pick it up the very first time they see it. 

A picture book to show our children that Everyone Can Learn Math

Are you looking for a fun way to begin talking about math to your young children? Everyone Can Learn Math is the story of Amy who decides to push through her math anxieties and is the perfect book to instill a growth mindset in our kids.

I came across Alice's book Everyone Can Learn Math on Instagram a few months ago and finally asked if she'd be willing to write a guest post here about her amazing math picture book. 

I remember joking with my first principal about being at a party, someone proudly declaring that he can't do math and others joining in with high-fives. Suddenly everyone is bonding over pretzels and punch and their dislike of numbers.