Math Cheat Sheets

A collection of free pdf math cheat sheets for tricky math topics in Algebra Algebra 2 and basic math - Scaffolded Math and Science
Math Cheat Sheets Scaffolded Math and Science

While I was in graduate school, YouTube was my best friend. I'd come home from class, set my books on the table, tell myself I'd get to the week's problem set tomorrow, then start it that night. I knew it would take me the entire week to complete the work and that I'd spend a lot of that time searching online for help. 

One of my favorite parts of the work I do now is making cheat sheets for tricky math topics that students can use to help them with their work. I remember how stressed I'd get about my problem sets. Then I imagine my students who feel that stress now. 

This post is a collection of free printable math cheat sheets for tricky math topics for students to use.

Instagrammer @ffalaknaazz parent graphs on an Algebra 2 word wall
Instagrammer @ffalaknaazz's Algebra 2 word wall parent graphs

Math word walls are my #1 scaffold for making math accessible to all students, and I have written a lot about the reasons why. But the math cheat sheets in this post follow pretty closely. Students can slip them into their binders for help during independent work. The sheets can also be enlarged to make classroom reference posters. 

Below are links to the math cheat sheets on my blog. They are all free to download. Clicking on the photos will bring you to their posts where the sheets can be downloaded.

Math Cheat Sheets

Graphing Vertex Form Quadratics cheat sheet
vertex form quadratics

Complex Solutions in Quadratics Shown Graphically
complex solutions in quadratics

Graphing Logarithmic Functions Cheat Sheet
graphing log functions

Graphing Exponential Functions Cheat Sheet
graphing exponential functions

Long Division Cheat Sheet
long division algorithm

multiplication math cheat sheet
multiplication algorithm

Language of Math poster for translating word problems
language of math poster

Integer Operations Graphic Organizer
integers graphic organizer

Polynomial Long Division cheat sheet
polynomial long division

Polynomial synthetic division cheat sheet
synthetic division

Solving Equations Graphic Organizer
solving equations graphic organizer

Teaching Polynomial Sketching and graphing reference sheet
graphing polynomials

1040 Income Tax Cheat Sheet for Kids
income tax 1040 form

Exponential Functions Flowchart
exponential functions flowchart

Graphing Factored Form Quadratic Functions
graphing factored form quadratics

Graphing Radicals Reference Sheet
graphing radical functions

Graphing absolute value functions cheat sheet
graphing absolute value functions

Quadratics Posters
quadratic keywords

Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal Poster and Coloring Page
parallel lines cut by a transversal

Graphing Rational Functions Reference Sheet
graphing rational functions

Projectile Motion Posters for a quadratics word problems unit
projectile motion

Conceptual understanding is important and we all want all kids to get there. Until they do, some kids need help. 

To me, math is not about memorization; it's about confidence, perseverance and knowing how to access information. Cheat sheets help eliminate road blocks to that information. 

visual math word wall for prime factorization
free prime factorizing visual math word wall

Math cheat sheets and math word walls, especially those showing the vocabulary in context, are supports that I have found help reach those students needing a little extra support. 

You can read more about the ways math word walls have supported my students in the post 5 Ways Math Word Walls Changed My Teaching.

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10 comments:

  1. Help. I can't find the math cheat sheets...I keep circling around. I'd really like to see them.

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    1. If you click on the blue "MATH CHEAT SHEETS" in this post you will be taken to all of my posts with math cheat sheets in them.

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  2. That is a lot of clicking. Wow! You sure have a lot of stuff!! Super Job!

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    1. Thank you Marilyn! I hope you have a great year!

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  3. I'd like a copy of the integer operations cheat sheet, but can't figure out how to download it. Help!

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    1. It's listed on Teachers pay Teachers as "Integers Graphic Organizer", but there are a lot of them so I am happy to email it to you. My email is shana@scaffoldedmath.com. And I apologize for just getting back to you now... Blogger's comment notifaction emails have been broken (just learned that today!)

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  4. Would love to see a graphing a linear and/or proportional relationship cheat sheet.

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    1. Thank you Michelle! I hope to create one by mid September. It will be linked here.

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  5. I don't se any blue link to the math cheat sheets, can you help?

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    1. Hi Marty, thank you for your comment. For any of the sheets you see in the post, just click on its picture (avoiding the Pinterest icon) and you’ll be taken to its post.

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