If things look a bit different around here, it's because I just updated my blog's theme. Everything should all be in the same place, but if you have any trouble finding anything, I'd love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or send me an email to shana@scaffoldedmath.com.

### Stick Figure Functions

**Functions students can build:**

**Materials needed:**

**Included inside:**

### Summer Math Summit 2023

**free**math PD event running from June 23 through June 25, 2023.

__practical__strategies for the math classroom.

*necessary*if a person earned less than $12,950 in 2022. However, income earned less than $12,950 is not taxable, therefore any tax withheld is due back to the taxpayer-- even dependents.

### Printable Math Escape Rooms

"Can the digital math escape rooms be printed?"

~~No, they're only in Google Forms.~~ **YES!**

Over the next few months, I'll be updating each digital math escape room to also include a printable version in its file. If you want a day without computers, a student has a print-only accommodation, or if you'd just like access to both printable and digital, you'll now have that choice in the same file.

The questions will be the same between the digital math escape rooms and their printable updates. The formatting of the printable math escape rooms will be similar to their Google Forms versions, with a couple small changes.

First, all color will be removed so that they can be easily printed at school.

Each will also have an answer sheet with directions and spaces for each puzzle's 4-letter code.

I also wanted to keep some self-checking component like the digital versions have, so each printable puzzle will have a NEXT STEP box.

Here's a closeup of how a digital math escape room puzzle compares to its new printable version:

puzzle 1 - area, perimeter, volume digital math escape room |

Above is puzzle #1 of an area, perimeter and volume digital math escape room. The digital version is completely contained in one self-checking Google Form.

Here is the same puzzle's printable version:

puzzle #1 - area, perimeter, volume printable PDF version |

Both versions are in the same file. Re-downloads are free to get the updated file.

Students can start on any of the 5 puzzles, they don't all have to start on puzzle #1. This will make it easy for you to have students work together in groups. Students are directed to answer all 4 questions in their first puzzle, record their 4-letter answer code onto their answer sheet, then check the puzzle's NEXT STEP box to see which puzzle to visit next. This part of the escape room works a bit like a scavenger hunt.

The covers of the updated math escape rooms will have a ~~small yellow circle~~ a green "print and digital" tag to show they have been updated. The covers will also say "escape room" instead of "digital escape".

CURRENT COUNT UPDATED: **29**

TO GO: **61**

All bundles on both TPT and my website will be updated with the new versions. If you own any of these escape rooms or the bundles they are in, you can re-download them for free from either site to get the updates.

### Scaffolded consumer math curriculum for building financial literacy

**Units: **

- Wants vs. needs
- Checks and registers
- Wages and salary
- Bank accounts
- Budgets
- Electronic banking and credit cards
- Credit score
- Discounts and coupons
- Sales tax and tip
- Percent change
- Unit price
- Income taxes*
- Car loans
- Mortgages
- Student loans
- Investing

**The income taxes unit will be updated every year. Re-downloads are free.*

**Files included:**

- Printable student book (174 pages)
- Printable teacher’s book (178 pages)
- Printable student notebook sheets (105 half sheets)
- Projector notes (these match the student notebook sheets)
- Editable quizzes for each unit (16 quizzes)
- Warm-ups for each unit
- All answer keys

**Details:**

__student book__is a reference that includes vocabulary, examples and questions for students to answer. You can choose to print the entire student book at once, or each unit at a time for student packets or their binders. Both formats are included.

__student notebook sheets__are half-sheets designed for an interactive notebook. The sheets provide space for students to answer the questions posed in the book, and also include additional analysis questions. Students paste these notebook sheets into a composition notebook, which then becomes their own personal finance reference.

__teacher’s book__and

__student notebook sheets answer key__include all answers to all questions presented in the student book and the extra analysis questions on the student notebook sheets.

__projector notes__match the student notebook sheets so that you can complete notes along with your students on the board.

__quizzes__are completely editable.

__Quiz answer keys__are included for all quizzes and are also editable.

__warm-ups__for every unit are formatted for student notebooks.

*FAQs:*

**Who is this curriculum for?**

**Can it work for younger students?**

**What makes this curriculum different from what is already out there?**

**Is it for a semester or for the year?**

**How many licenses do I need?**

**I homeschool. Will this work for me?**

**Is it available on TPT?**

**Do you have a list of standards?**

__Earning Income__: wages and salary, gross pay, exact net pay, approximating net pay, pay schedules, tips, earning interest, retirement savings, 401(K) employer matching, filing income taxes, tax deductions, wage theft

__Spending__: budgeting, keeping a register, comparing unit prices, sales tax, discounts, coupons

__Saving__: savings, checking, money market accounts, CDs, simple interest, compound interest, pre- and post-tax retirement accounts

__Investing__: risk vs. reward, stock market, bonds, retirement accounts, diversifying

__Credit__: credit card interest, credit card choices, credit score, credit report, minimum payments, APRs, down payments, car loans, mortgages, amortization schedules, student loan interest, student loan choices, deferment, forbearance, capitalizing interest

**Do you have a printout that I can give to my admin for approval?**

**Will the curriculum be updated?**

**Do you accept school purchase orders?**

### Teaching small group Algebra 2

Teaching small group algebra 2 was challenging and super rewarding. Now that I am out of the classroom, teaching algebra 2 is one of the things I miss most. So much growth happens in students between when they enter the course and leave it. There were always so many times when my students thought a topic would be way too hard and ended up mastering it not too much time later.

In this post I want to share some of the teaching ideas and materials that I used in my small group special education algebra 2 class. Every student had an IEP and most were in 11th grade. Some were seniors, but most seniors in small group math took consumer math. I'll also link towards the end some of the cheat sheets I made for our inclusion algebra 2 class that got a bit farther in the curriculum than we did in small group.

If you've taught 9th grade algebra, you will likely recognize some of the topics we cover in small group algebra 2. A lot of review was necessary to lay the groundwork for new topics: