A few years ago I had a senior whose boyfriend also went to our school. Even though they were together, they never actually spoke face-to-face. They only ever communicated over the internet. This got me thinking about how important it is to build in time for students to talk with each other. My friend Kara from Learning Made Radical and I have been collaborating to create a math activity that includes this communication. These new "Around the Clock!" partner scavenger hunts encourage collaboration, give kids that instant feedback they love and cut back on grading (yeah!).

So how do these partner scavenger hunts work? Each student in a pair gets their own clock and clock cutouts. The problems for each of the 2 clocks are different, but the answers are the same. For example, clock 1 starts with 4x=4 and clock 2 starts with x+4=5. Both problems give x=1, which is found at the top of the slips they both solve next.

I printed the clocks on different colored paper. The fonts on each clock and cutouts are different, allowing you to print everything on white if you don't have colored paper. The different fonts allow students to keep track of their own pieces.

Students place their START slip at the 12 o'clock position and solve their own START problem. The answer they find will be on the top of the next slip, which gets placed at 1 o'clock.

Students can help each other if they get stuck and will know their work is correct if their answers match each other. Here you can see both students found answers 21-1-9 for the first 3 problems, but the problems leading to those answers were different. If the answer to the 11 o'clock problem is found on the START slip, chances are the activity is a 100%! What a great feeling!

Kara made this Around the Clock activity for order of operations. It works the same way and covers CCSS 6.EE.A2. We are super excited to bring you more of these activities! What other topics would you like to see?

Have you heard of TpT for Schools? In case you haven't, I wanted to write a quick post on how it works. TpT for Schools is a program that allows your school to easily purchase the Teachers pay Teachers resources that you need. Say what? YES! Awesome, right? Through TpT for Schools, you send resource links to your administration to check out. Your admin then purchases the resources andelectronically sends the resources to you. There are no requisition forms to fill out or endless catalogs to search through. It's streamlined and simple. You get the TpT resources you need without spending money from your own pocket. Buying supplies is expensive. Glue sticks, pencils, white boards, dry erase markers, those magical rainbow carts for all our pencils and markers... it's endless. With TpT for Schools you'll have one less expense this school year. Here is the link to check it out: TpT for Schools

And here is a printable PDF that is helpful for sharing TpT for Schools with your administration. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them!

A very nice teacher messaged me the other day asking for a graphing exponential functions reference sheet. After digging through my files, I realized that I had never made one! I had made one for identifying exponential functions but for whatever reason had never made one for graphing.

After some trial and error, I came up with this sheet that gives the basic form of an exponential function, where to see the shifts, how to create a parent table, how to shift the table, plot the table and sketch in the asymptote.

The parent table is the key. After that, students can graph any exponential function. And the table is so easy!

The parent table of an exponential function is always (0, a), (1, ab). From there, students shift the x and y values in the table and sketch.

There is space on the answer sheet for students to create their parent tables and shifted tables. You can find all of my free math cheat sheets through this link: MATH CHEAT SHEETS Later in the year when we graph rational functions, we use this graphing rational functions cheat sheet. You can download the free graphing exponentials cheat sheet here.

(If you're already a scavenger hunt pro, you can find the FREE percents scavenger hunt covering tax, tip and discounts linked at the end of this post.) If you have wanted to give scavenger hunts a try but weren't exactly sure where to start, I wrote this step-by-step guide for you! I love scavenger hunts because they are super engaging and self-checking. They are also a great way to differentiate assessments, especially for nervous students who don't do well on tests.