# Math Matters

## Math Cut Ups Edition, Volume 11 September 2015

## Happy Fall Ya'll!

#### Survey and Graph

#### Pumpkin Measurement Galore!

#### Debate some Football

## Texas Math Resources

#### TEKS Supporting information

#### Interactive Math Glossary

#### Other Math TEA Resources

## Classroom Instructional Focus

### Why do we teach math differently today?

### Supporting Parents with EduSMART

Parents often struggle at home with supporting learning because they don't know how it is modeled in the classroom. One way teachers can help their students' parents is using Edusmart. Edusmart lessons can be developed that target a skill modeled in class, and then sent home to parents as a link. Click here to view a parent connection lesson on Dividing Fractions with Models.

If you are interested in learning more check out EduSmart Math today. And if you have questions or thoughts, please email me anytime!

### Math Cut Ups Featured Title: Slope Triangles

This month I'm featuring a brand new title called Slope Triangles. I created this one for a workshop coming up at a conference. The focus in this activity is to develop students' understanding of slope as a rate, and that the rate, or slope, of a line is the same regardless of which two points you select. In middle school, students use the "slope triangle" to find the rate. First students will review graph cards that show plotted lines with the slope triangles drawn. Find two cards that show the same slope by finding triangles with the same rate of change (vertical/horizontal). Then math each pair of graph cards to a fraction card showing the slope in simplest form. Have students compare the rate, in fraction form, from each slope triangle to the simplest form and discuss how equivalent fractions are applied. Once students understand the slope, then match the set of cards to an equation card showing the same slope to connect from the graph to an equation form of slope.

Each package comes with 10 full sets (5 sets of A cards and 5 sets of B cards) so that you can put students in small groups of 3 and have everyone engaged. Trade sets when one is completed for more practice. All materials are pre-printed on colored cardstock. Each package is just $15 and comes ready to laminate, cut, and use!

Visit my square market page for purchasing or visit my full website for more titles and ideas. I also have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and a Pinterest page if you are interested in following me there.

### Upcoming Conferences

#### Texas ASCD Annual Conference

#### Rio Grande Valley CTM 50th Annual Conference

November 7, 2015

#### Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST)

November 12-14, 2015

### Kelli Mallory, Ed.D.

Mathematics Enthusiast

Math Cut Ups Creator

Edusmart Mathematics Director

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