This week, I'll finally finish systems in my Math 8 class. I say "finally" because we started systems the first week of February. We have had so many snow days, delays, and testing interruptions that it's not surprising we're still working on that topic after two months. My kids are pretty good with knowing what to do when but their lack of fluency with integers is still killing their overall accuracy. We've broken out the calculators 100% of the time, but still they make errors.
Systems is also arguably the hardest unit we have to cover this year because it is one of the most complex with the most steps. I'm hoping that our next unit makes students feel more successful. We're going to spend time on inequalities next. This should be a partial review for them. I put together what might just be my favorite foldable to date and I'm sharing it below.
Sarah's post from the fall about "flipping the sign." I took her idea and ran with it in a slightly different direction (pun intended). I included both instances of flipping the sign on the flip-flops and oriented them in the opposite direction so it would be easy to write the notes on them.
Here are the files. Please leave me a comment if you try them out; I'd love to hear about it. I've changed the fonts to ones I think will be friendly, things in the Arial family. Not as cute, but hopefully you won't have to reformat anything before you print!
What's usually the hardest topic in your course for students?