Print and Digital Algebra Activities

Print and Digital Algebra Activities

I love hands-on math. Sorting activities, matching activities, algebra tiles. Working with a partner on scrap paper, discussing work. For a long time I dug my heels in about this and pretended digital didn't exist. Part of this was because of how I feel about math. But there was another reason-- I was completely overwhelmed by the work it would take to update all of my activities to include digital versions. Fast forward to schools closing and the sudden, horrible feelings I had about teachers only having access to [useless] print versions of my activities. I knew the time had come to make a change and that I needed to make digital happen. 

So this post has been a long time coming and really should have happened ages ago. But I have embraced change, am fully on board, and now, well, totally love.... digital! For one-- color! When making printable math resources, I am always mindful of the printer availability at school. Now with digital, all colors are a go! And really, why not both? Why not have both print and digital versions available for teachers who prefer working paperless?

As of today, I have created or updated over 150 activities to digital and it feels great to finally make this happen. The algebra activities in this post now come in both print and digital form within the same file (the digital versions are linked inside the printable PDFs).

Solving Equations Mix Match Activity - print and digital
Solving Equations Mix-Match (digital version)

If you have my Algebra Activities Bundle and haven't re-downloaded in a while, you'll find that most of the activities in it have been updated with digital links. So please re-download! I am excited to get these to you. And more to come! Below are some of the algebra activities I've updated...

Solving Equations Mix-Match activity
Solving Equations Mix-Match (printable version)

Here is a solving equations mix-match activity where students build 25 equations to solve. This was a very old algebra activity in my store, so it felt extra good to update it with a digital version.

Linear Equations Puzzle - print and digital
Linear equations puzzle (digital version)

This activity here is a linear equations puzzle, now also in Google Slides. Students match 3 puzzles on each slide. This way students do not have to copy and paste from one slide to another. This is a photo of the paper version also in the file so that you can choose which to give to students:

linear equations puzzle
Linear Equations Puzzle (printable version)

Each digital version has been calling for a unique format and it's been a fun challenge figuring out the best way to add the new versions.

Domain and Range Matching and Sorting Activity - print & GOOGLE Slides
Domain and Range Sort (digital version)

This Domain and Range sorting activity spans 5 slides so that it's chunked into manageable pieces. This format makes the activity more accessible for students working independently on the computer instead of in in-person groups.

Domain and Range sorting activity
Domain and Range Sort (printable version)

Back in the classroom, students can collaborate in groups to discuss and complete the activity on paper. Both the paper and digital versions are in the same file so that you can choose which to give to your students and have access to both forms.

Linear equations digital math escape room

I've also made a few digital-only activities for algebra, like this linear equations digital escape room. Each algebra escape room comes digital-only and is included in the Algebra Activities Bundle. There are 5 puzzles in each escape room, each unlocked with a 4-letter code. 

Slope Sorting Activity
Slope sorting activity (digital version)

Above is the new interactive digital version of this Slope Sorting Activity. While I was in the file, I also updated the printable version. I have done this for all of the math activities I have updated. I polished up the printable versions while adding the links to the interactive digital versions.

Slope Sorting Activity
Slope Sort (printable version)

Some of the algebra activities aren't the most straightforward to update with digital versions. In Algebra 2 we'd do a lot of hand-graphing, which doesn't translate all that well to Google. So I turned it into a matching activity for the digital version.

Graphing Exponential Functions Activity - print & GOOGLE Slides
Graphing Exponential Functions (digital version)

To update this graphing exponential functions activity, I made the Google Slides version a matching activity. The paper version (below) is a graphing activity where students graph the functions by hand and fill in the parent and shifted tables. This activity is in both my Algebra and Algebra 2 activity bundles.

Graphing Exponential Functions Activity with GOOGLE Slides
Graphing Exponential Functions (printable version)

My hope is that having access to both the printable and digital versions will be helpful if you have students working online, for make-up work when a student is absent, for saving paper and for flipped classrooms.

Algebra Activities Bundle with digital updates
Algebra activities growing bundle

Every print and digital algebra activity is included in this big bundle of 125+ algebra activities. This big bundle is still being updated with additional algebra activities, and updates are always free. 

Algebra Word Wall - print and digital
Algebra word wall

The Algebra Activities Bundle also includes an Algebra Word Wall that comes both in print and interactive digital in Google Slides. 

My hope is that these new digital versions make prepping for class simple when you are pressed for time. Or maybe you just prefer digital! I've learned that there are a lot of upsides to working math digitally-- saving paper, not having to contend with an ornery copy machine, activities can be self-checking, no lost papers-- and kids can still work their math out on paper.



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14 comments:

  1. Do you have 7th grade word wall virtual yet? Thanks so much for all you do!!

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    1. I will be working on making all of the word walls virtual this summer:)

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    2. Update: it's updated! :)

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  2. Hi, I just purchased a bunch of your activities. I'm not quite sure how to use the ones that are GoogleSlides with my remote learners. How do I assign it. We don't use Google classroom, we use Schoology. I was able to copy the links of the Escape Rooms to share with students.

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    1. Thank you for asking this, I should have covered this in my post. Once you are in one of the Google Slides activities, you can "download as" and choose PowerPoint. The pieces will still move just as they do in Google Slides.

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    2. Sorry, but I guess I'm technology challenged. How do I share it with individual students. Also, I'm using one of the escape room tomorrow. I put the link on Schoology for my students and it seems to work. Where do I see the data of who completed it, how do I access that?

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    3. On the second page of the escape room file are directions for sending to students. Sending a Google Form to students is not the same as sharing Google Slides. You need to choose "send" from the teacher copy of the Form.

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  3. So I can't just share the link with kids. We don't have Google classroom so I shared a link on Schoology. It works for kids to use but I didn't know how to see the data. That is for the Escape Room.

    The second question was how I share the one that is Google Slides with kids but I think I figured it out.

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    1. Google Forms don't work the same way as Google Slides. If you share the Form, there is no way for students to complete the assignment. Forms need to be sent. The directions inside the PDF explain the process. You click "send" and you can choose to get a link for Schoology, send via email or embed. To see student data, you'll go back into your teacher version (the one you made a copy of from the PDF) and there will be a "Responses" tab at the top.

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  4. Thank you. That's what I did for the Escape Room today. I see the tab for responses. When I open it, there aren't any.

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  5. I think I know what's happening. I made and copied the link on my home computer and I'm at school. I'll check when I get home

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    1. Oh that could be it. If you need it on your school computer, you can either make a new copy from the link inside the PDF or share your home copy with your school email address.

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    2. That was it. I'm looking at responses. Does it show me all of the responses or just the ones who completed all 5 puzzles?

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    3. Because the Form is set to answer validation, it'll just show the ones who complete all 5. That's when the "submit" button will appear. It would be cool if this changes, but I believe this is how it is for now. A workaround for kids who may not finish in one sitting is to have them jot down on paper the codes they already find so that when they sit with the activity again they can quickly retype these codes before moving on to the puzzles they hadn't yet gotten to.

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