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New BuzzMath Document – Input/Output Tables

(Algebra > Relations and Functions > Functions) The document Input/Output Tables informally introduces students to functions using a function machine and tables. Students examine relationships between input and output values to find function rules. They also find corresponding output values given a function rule and input values, as well as determine input values given a function rule and output values. […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Integer Subtraction using a Vertical Number Line

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) In addition to approaching integer subtraction through adding the opposite, we now have an integer subtraction activity that involves the use of a vertical number line. This document is great for those students who benefit from using visual models to help them develop algorithms. Using the vertical […]

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Updated BuzzMath Document – Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers

(Numbers and Operations > Relationships Among Numbers > Comparing and Ordering Numbers) The updated Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers document focuses on the comparison of positive values written in the different forms of decimals, fractions, and percents. It begins with simple fractions of denominator 10 so that students can use their knowledge of place value and equivalent fractions to compare values. […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Estimating Square Roots

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Powers and Roots) In the new document Estimating Square Roots, students begin by exploring the relationship between the length of one side of a square and the area of the square to establish the meaning of square root. This is accomplished using models, tables, and interactive objects; with students building perfect squares […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Pythagorean Relationships

(Geometry > Geometric Relationships > Lines and Angles) To help students get a good understanding of the dreaded Pythagorean Theorem, try our new document Pythagorean Relationships. The first page of this document sets the stage with an interactive problem in which students create right triangles using the sides of squares, and then complete a table to help them establish the […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Convert Customary Units of Length

(Measurement > Measurement Systems > Customary System > Conversions) Page 1 of the new Convert Customary Units of Length document offers a great visual for students to see the relationships between inches, feet, and yards. Use this page as an opener to your next lesson on customary length. Let students tell you all the relationships they see between the three […]

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BuzzMath for Middle School is among the first apps in the newly launched education category of Google Apps Marketplace

We are excited to announce that BuzzMath for Google Apps is now available to the thousands of middle schools out there using Google Apps for K12 for classroom collaboration and email. It is among the first apps in the new EDU category of the Google Apps Marketplace, thanks to Google’s support. You can now ask your school administrator (who also happens to be your Google […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Calculating Slope

(Algebra > Relations & Functions > Functions) In our previous document Introduction to Slope, students learned that the ratio of the vertical distance to the horizontal distance between two points describes the slope of a line. In this document, Calculating Slope, we allow students to explore common errors when computing slope. The important concept here is for students to recognize […]

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BuzzMath 1.37 – Disabled calculator, “Show me an example” bug squashed, comparing and ordering rational numbers

We updated BuzzMath.com to Version 1.37 on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010. We created a new document with Bonnie: Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers. Feedback welcome! While navigating the middle school book, teachers will have the Contents view by default. Great view to browse the content and give assignments. For some specific mental calculation pages, the calculator is disabled. Thanks to […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers

(Numbers and Operations > Relationships Among Numbers > Comparing and Ordering Numbers) In the new document, Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers, students use equivalent forms of fractions, decimals, and percents as well as employ common benchmarks such as one-half to help them compare and order rational numbers. The lesson begins with its focus on the benchmark of one half in […]

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Teacher’s Tip of the Month: How to Send Assignments (Part I)

We love that your students can freely explore the variety of lessons in BuzzMath, but we also recognize that there are situations that warrant assigning specific lessons. That’s why we’ve created the Send an Assignment feature for sending assignments to individuals or to entire classes. It may be that your entire class needs additional practice with order of operations, or […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Absolute Value

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) The new Absolute Value document begins with a quick visual of two girls walking on a number line followed by the related standard notation to get students understanding the concept and notation of absolute value. Selection and ordering questions further test students’ understanding of the concepts. The […]

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New BuzzMath Document – Integer Addition Using a Chip Model

(Numbers and Operations > Operations with Rationals > Addition and Subtraction > Integers) For an alternative to the number line model, try our new Integer Addition Using a Chip Model document that has students representing sums of positive and negative integers with marked chips. The document begins by introducing the addition of two negative integers through students’ familiarity with addition […]