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I was recently contacted about whether or not I had any resources for teaching about Integers. Of course, my answer was a resounding, “yes!” But I was actually a little embarrassed when I had to admit to the person that I had never taken the time to organize them all into one easy-to-find place on the Internet. So, that’s what this post is all about. I hope that you enjoy the resources that I’ve collected for teaching integers.
Zero Sum Card Game – This is a card game in which students need to collect cards in order to reach the sum closest to zero.
Bingo Master Template – This is an easy to use Bingo Master Template in which all you have to do is enter the clues and the answers. The only limitation I’ve found is that it only prints 25 cards. So, if you have more than 25 students in your class, you’re going to have a problem.
EDU Bakery Bingo Cards – Here is a Bingo game that is ready to be printed out. However, if you want to be able to edit the cards from what is on the website, you’ll have to pay the fee (except that there does appear to be a trial version available).
Commercialized Bingo Game – This wouldn’t be my first choice for a Bingo game, but I can understand why someone would want to just buy the Bingo game since you wouldn’t have to take the time to print out the Bingo cards and the game probably would be reusable well into the future.
Integer Relay Races
I’ve used the files below in the past as ‘relay races’ in class. You simply cut the sheets into strips and then have the students compete against each other. Most students really seem to enjoy this!
2. McGraw Hill Game Zone Resources – This website is full of wonderful games that can be used in the classroom, such as this Measurement Relay Game. Essentially, this is one of those ‘I Have. Who Has?” Activities. But what I like to do with them is cut them out and have the students put the questions and answers together in domino-style format. The students really seem to enjoy this for the most part, it’s less chaotic than having everyone run around the room all at the same time, and it’s conducive to having the students work in small groups.
3. Ratio and Proportion weblinks – This is a list of weblinks that I found from Mathmammoth. If you hunt around their website long enough, you will also find a list of Integer weblinks, among others. I think tha these lists of weblinks would be perfect places to start in putting together a spectacular Web Quest for students. There were definitely resources on there that I hadn’t heard about in the past.
4. BBC Podcasts: A Brief History of Mathematics – Let me just say this… don’t you just love the British? And if a British Podcast doesn’t float your boat, try looking at some videos over at EduTube, this video of a math teacher rapping. Hey, it’s not great compared to some of the impromptu songs that I’ve sung during my classes in order to keep my students interested in the lessons. I’m a big fan of keeping students engaged in the classroom.
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6. Best Free Online Applications and Services – This is really great not only because I haven’t heard of many of these resources before, but because they are all on-line. This eliminates the need for pesky downloads and making sure that applications are compatible with various operating systems. I also liked that Wolfram Alpha is highlighted as being the Best Free Online Answer Engine. Any list that gives a shoutout to Wolfram Alpha is a respectable list in my book.
7. The History, Use, and Abuse of QR Codes – This is a fairly in-depth Slideshare that I found helpful in my quest to eventually integrate QR Codes into my teaching. I’m really thinking about putting QR codes on my syllabus, and homework assignments from now on just to try to alleviate some of the complaints that I often get from students about not being able to find an assignment that I’ve posted on the web. And by having to put the assignment on the web before even passing it out, I will also know that I haven’t sent students to a web resource that I might have actually forgotten to post. (It’s happened!)
8. 20 Free Web Apps for the 2.0 Student – I don’t think that all of these will work for every student, but there are a few good resources on the list that I would recommend for everyone, such as Phone Evite, a website that allows you to send out mass voicemails; Mikogo, a website that allows for remote desktop sharing; and Mint, free personal finance software. I’m actually considering using Mint myself since it’s part of the Intuit Brand, which I already highly respect since I’ve been using TurboTax for several years now.
Here are three new application problems that I came up with while teaching signed numbers this morning. Remember, I came up with these on the spot, during class. So, just imagine that the entire class is paying attention to each of these problems as I am writing them, trying to figure out what is going to happen next to Clyde in each of the problems. I hope you enjoy these!
1. Clyde was walking down the street and he lost 1/3 of his vodka. A little later down the street Clyde encountered a zombie who wanted to steal another 2/5 of his vodka. The zombie agreed not to kill him if he told him the total loss that he incurred, as a signed number.
2. Clyde was running another scam where he collected $6.20 from people to buy an invisible potion of life. The local ghostbuster caught wind of this scam and blackmailed Clyde with a $3.30 charge. How much money does Clyde still have from this scam?
3. Clyde was in debt $12 to the local spy shop for some new night vision goggles that he needed to monitor paranormal activity coming out of the bottom of his shoes. When Clyde informed the spy shop that they forgot to include the complimentary antenna that comes with his goggles, they subtracted $4 off of his debt. How much does Clyde still owe, as a signed number?
I have some slightly under-prepared students semester, so I suggested to them that they should try to work on their basic skills outside of class. However, this requires me to provide some recommended resources to them, and these are what I have discovered:
Factoris – Tetris-style game for multiplication facts.
Penguin Jump – Fun Multiplication Game that can be played with up to 4 people from around the world.
Dad’s Worksheets – For those who just want the traditional worksheets to practice with.