Lesson Plan: Intro to Integers

Teaching math can be hard! Especially when you have students who are more comfortable with concepts than you are! Here's a fun way to introduce integers to your students with some real life examples. Integers are really everywhere and it's much easier to convince your students to learn something when they know it will actually…

Lesson Plan: Intro to Triangles

Geometry is my favourite math unit - it relates to the real world, there are all kinds of manipulatives and students tend to enjoy it as well. This is how I like to introduce/review triangles with my grade 8 math students (this could suit any grade, the expectations would just differ): Lesson One: Grade 8:…

Lesson Plan: Amusement Park Area and Perimeter

This was a super fun little project that I used as my evaluation for area and perimeter when I was teaching a 6/7 split. I found that even in grade 7 some of my students were having trouble remembering the difference between area and perimeter so making them do both really helped solidify. The 7's…

5 Tips to Mark Less and Live More

Marking seems to be the necessary evil of teaching. I am finding that to be particularly true when teaching Grade 8 math. Every question we work on in class gets a chorus of "are we handing this in?" if the response isn't a yes, half of my class doesn't even bother to do it. I…

This Week In Our Classrooms: Number Talks

Kelsey: I started to hear about Number Talks a couple of years ago, but they seemed a bit silly to me; and like a waste of time. I WAS SO WRONG! They are quite amazing, and I've used them with Grade 1s, all the way up to Grade 8. They can last 40 minutes, or…