Posted in Covid-19, Digital Manipulatives, Distance Learning, Google Slides

Digital Manipulatives

In this season of virtual learning, digital manipulatives are more important than ever. There are a few I have used over the years in my own classroom like the protractor, ruler, algebra tiles, and algebra balance scale. I created them to fulfill a need in my class. My students can’t always purchase these supplies, or if they do, they are broken by the time we need them.

At a conference last week, I had elementary teachers ask if I had additional resources or digital tool websites for teachers. I did have resources, but they were in many different places. I’ve created a Wakelet of these resources to make it easier and included the link below. I will continue to add to it.

click to go to Wakelet

I’ve also had the request to include more elementary related material. I have an elementary friend who will be sharing some of her resources here but I would LOVE to feature you on my blog. If you have a fun learning activity that Makes Math Not Suck for elementary students, email me at We could set up a guest blog post OR I can simply feature your activity.

Posted in Covid-19, Distance Learning, Equations of Circles, Equations of Lines, Geometry, Parallel Lines

Geometric Town Virtual Learning Update

I have been using the Geometric Town project for years. You can read about it from my original post and also obtain the non-digital version. During this crazy Covid-19 quarantine, I’ve been updating my activities to make them more virtual learning friendly. In this situation, I gave students the choice to complete this activity digitally or on paper.

There are components of this project that I like on paper, like graphing equations by hand and students using their creativity with their buildings.  Other benefits became evident when I created this digitally. The use of Desmos to create the graphs and the use of digital icons made correcting misconceptions much easier.

Either way, this is still a fun project that reviews many of standards from the year.

I hope this activity is something you can use.


Geometric Town MMNS
Click here for the activity template

Posted in Activities, Circles, Covid-19, Digital Escape Rooms, Distance Learning, Equations of Circles, Equations of Lines

Equations of Lines and Circles Digital Escape Room

My friend and colleague learned how to make digital escape rooms from me. You all don’t have me next to you everyday so you can learn from my post on Ditch That Textbook. This is the second escape room she has made. She’s getting pretty good at them!

I plan to use this one as a self-assessment during our distance learning time. I’m so grateful for colleagues who are willing to try new things and then share when they do.

Feel free to use this escape room. It includes a review of equations of lines and equations of circles.

Lost Lola
Click to go to the escape room.

Stay safe friends!

Posted in BreakIN, Circles, Covid-19, Distance Learning, Equations of Lines, games

Donkey Kong Break In Distance Learning Style

I created this activity last year to review equations of lines and learning about equations of circles. It was completed in groups by table but the delivery was mostly work at their own pace. Well, this was perfect for distance learning. I changed from groups to individual, added some Google Forms practice checks that students could complete as many times as needed until they were 100% correct, and some video notes where I would normally have given a few notes.

So far it has been a huge success. I love giving individual feedback for each student and I love to see the questions they have when they get stuck. I feel like they are learning a lot AND having fun.

7th Donkey Kong Equations (3)
click here to get the template


Posted in Activities, Algebra 1, Covid-19, Distance Learning

Algebra Practice for Virtual Learning

Wow, what a crazy time! Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. I saw a post today commending other teachers for providing their resources for free during this time. It shouldn’t take a pandemic for us to take care of each other. I have always provided everything for free. We need to support each other when we are not in crisis just as much as we do now. Ok, stepping off my soap box.

Below are many of the Algebra 1 activities my team and I have created for our practice days. These are days when students can work on whichever standards they need additional practice with. A few of the resources are virtual manipulatives.

Maybe you are looking for review material. Maybe you want to supplement an online activity. Please use these to make your life a little easier.


Algebra Tiles           Balancing Equations


Equations             Inequalities       More Inequalities       Literal Equations

Linear Model      Absolute Value    Absolute Value with Notes


by Substitution         by Elimination         Which method?

Systems of Inequalities            Systems Word Problems


Identify Functions   Function or Not    Linear, Inequalities, and Quadratics

Parallel and Perpendicular Exploration        Parallel and Perpendicular

Transformations of Functions


Factoring and Adding Polynomials    Quadratic Formula     Polynomial Area &  Volume

Teachers are amazing! Be well, be safe, be sane!