Friday, January 17, 2014

2013 Algebra 2 Pages

As promised, my Algebra 2 pages:

Sets of Real Numbers:
Frayer models for vocab here
Graphic Organizer at Math=Love

The green cards were just typed numbers that we sorted, stapled into groups, and then taped into our notebooks. 

Parent Functions - outside

Parent Functions - inside (before we filled it in)

This was just a worksheet page, but I wanted to post another easy way to incorporate worksheets into an ISN. 

Piecewise Functions: We graphed 3 functions twice each. 
Then cut the second copy according to the given domain, and put the three pieces together!
I've done this where students erase parts, but it's never as effective as cutting up and throwing away the unused parts of the graph. 

Domain and Range:
Students cut as little as possible out of the graph, then use the "blank spot" as a guideline to find domain and range. After we've done this a couple times, then we move on to point discontinuities and unusual graphs. 

Explorations of Transformations of Functions - This isn't mine (It belongs to Math=Love). Get it here

This was a sub day assignment for my Alg2 kids. Students worked in groups to create a flowchart of how to determine transformations of a function by looking at a given equation. This was a student's finished result.

Simplifying radicals page - including vocab, a couple quick examples (this is Alg2, so it's review for them), and a foldable to help them remember how positive and negatives affect root values.

This foldable is one I use with almost everything.. Operations with __________. 
You name it, I've done it with this foldable. Fractions, decimals, radicals, polynomials, the list goes on and on. I think I'm going to add separate tabs for simplifying and rationalizing this semester. 

Ok, here's my biggest keep-up-with-my-teacher-ISN secret. Sometimes, I just don't want to copy their notes after I've spent time going through the examples. So instead, I just print out the powerpoint (or smart notebook file) and tape that bad boy in. It saves me time, and students that are absent can use a friend's notebook for the work for each example. It also gives me a way to use some of the powerpoints and notebook files that I made several years ago, rather than recreating something new just for the sake of the ISN. 

Powers of i - I can't find where this is from, but if I do, I'll post the link.

Intro to Quadratics guided notes - this was designed to be filled in from the Glencoe Alg2 SGI workbook pages for 6-1 to 6-3.

More domain and range practice. Here, we're using a worksheet and Mathy Cathy's idea to practice. 

And of course, Math=Love was the inspiration for interactive part of this page.
Domain and range cards, and a great lesson plan from @thescamdog here

And of course, we did some function sorts. I have done this 2 ways - into envelopes (from iisanumber), and pasted into columns. I like the envelopes better, since they can resort later as a study tool. 

Linear programming:
List steps
Cut and paste word problems (they're paragraphs, so I feel like it's a decent use of time), 
then show work beneath the problem. 

Pascal & Binomial Expansion

LOTS of color coding when we expand binomials.

We also spaced a larger problem out on a sentence strip. 

We simplified beneath each term - what was important here was the process. 

Properties of quadratics note cards inside the same envelope as earlier. 
This idea came from Mrs. Hester

Polynomial Functions Page,  inside the End Behavior foldable were four sections (positive/negative leading coefficients with odd/even degree functions and a picture each)

Color with purpose for completing the square to find the center of a circle

More CWP for simplifying rational expressions

Direct, Joint, Inverse Variation foldable

Example of a unit study guide that is very ISN-friendly. 
(This was 1 week before Winter Break, thus the red and green)
This is also an example of a typical non-worksheet homework page. 

On a non-ISN note, we also made these unit projects in my honors class. They were one page front and back, with all the information from that unit on the front, and practice problems and answers on the back to use as a study guide. Here were a couple of the ones turned in (and please excuse the horrible shadows in some of the pics).

Also at the end of the unit, we filled out index cards (cut in half to save resources) and put them into our CD envelope pockets in the back of the ISN. 

There we go! I'll work to post more frequently this semester, now that I won't have 3 preps anymore. (I'm only teaching Alg2 and Math 1 next semester.) The new semester starts Thursday, so I'll be spending most of the weekend getting everything reset and ready to go!


  1. I LOVE the idea of cutting apart the piecewise functions! And, I like how you did the binomial expansion with the huge strip of paper. Was that special paper? Maybe butcher paper? Or, was it copy paper taped together? Just curious. :)

    I loved looking through your notebook pages!

    1. It was a sentence strip - they sell them in the teacher section of my local Walmart. They're made for elementary ed, but I like them because they're made of thicker paper.

    2. Thanks! I will have to look into these!

  2. I am very interested in the interactive notebooks I am not sure how to get started. Could you help me?

    1. Absolutely! (And feel free to email me through my profile if you have more questions -I'm more than happy to help.) When I first started, I just used the same notes/lessons that I always had, but students kept them in chronological order in a spiral notebook. Before that, I had been doing binders with tab dividers. So I changed ONLY that aspect, and gradually started doing some extra foldables or color coding here and there (only a little at a time). Every page is not going to look like Pinterest, and that's ok. Just don't stress yourself trying to change too much at once. I have done ISNs differently every semester, to adapt to what I like. I would also recommend checking out my entire Math 1 and Algebra 2 ISNs that are online. They will definitely prove to you that there are plenty of "boring" pages to go alongside the pretty ones. The links to them are in white at the very bottom of this post:

  3. I love your ideas! I will start my second year of algebra 2 teaching. I am wondering how long students will spend in class to create a great interactive notebook. Somehow I am worried if it will take a long to tape or draw, etc. Thank you.