1st Edition

Differentiating Instruction in Algebra 1 Ready-to-Use Activities for All Students (Grades 7-10)

By Kelli Jurek Copyright 2013
    234 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Teachers often have too little time to prepare differentiated lessons to meet the needs of all students. Differentiating Instruction in Algebra 1 provides ready-to-use resources for Algebra 1 students. The book is divided into four units: introduction to functions and relationships; systems of linear equations; exponent rules and exponential functions; and quadratic functions. Each unit includes big ideas, essential questions, the Common Core State Standards addressed within that section, pretests, learning targets, varied activities, and answer keys. The activities offer choices to students or three levels of practice based on student skill level. Differentiating Instruction in Algebra 1 is just the resource math teachers need to provide exciting and challenging algebra activities for all students!

    Grades 7-10

    Acknowledgments Introduction Unit 1 Introduction to Functions and Relationships Unit 2 Systems of Linear Equations Unit 3 Exponent Rules and Exponential Functions Unit 4 Quadratic Functions Answer Key References About the Author Common Core State Standards Alignment


    Kelli Jurek has been teaching mathematics for the last 7 years after changing careers to become a professional educator. Like most educators, she has worked in multicultural settings, and her classrooms include students with different learning styles, varied levels of motivation, and unique interests. She recently earned a Master of Educational Differentiation degree from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Rockford, MI, with her husband, Kevin, and several pets. She has two grown daughters, Erin and Katie, who currently attend Michigan universities.

    Jurek excels in providing students with many opportunities to engage in vocabulary development and comprehension and to apply primary algebraic concepts. The use of detailed rubrics to guide student self-evaluation is an excellent way to promote responsibility in higher-level mathematics students, and the inclusion of "learning targets" gives those students who need additional structure the opportunity to show growth and establish a positive learning routine. With its variety of opportunities for facilitating and demonstrating algebra mastery, Jurek's book will give teachers of varying experience a storehouse of unique, varied activities to engage algebra students through a wide breadth of content. Combined with thoughtful, quality algebra instruction, this work can have a significant impact on algebra mastery.,Tim Kubinak,Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 10/1/13