This week I focused on creating my own text set for a math problem. The problem I wanted to create a text set for was:

“Allison purchased a $30 international calling card so that she could call her family while she is in France. Each call costs a service fee of $2.25 and 10 cents per minute. Allison only makes one call and talks until the card is used up.

Create a table and write an expression that relates the number of minutes that Allison has talked and the amount of money Allison has spent. Assign symbols and describe which quantities the symbols represent.

Create a table and write an expression that relates the number of minutes that Allison has talked and the amount of money left on Allison’s calling card. Assign symbols and describe which quantities the symbols represent.

Graph both of these equations on the same graph.”

To create this text set, I first started with listing what the students would need to know to solve this problem. This is what I came up with:

What students would need to know:

– equations/expressions

– variables

– relating quantities

– creating tables

– graphing functions

I then used this information to find the components of my text set. This is my text set:

Resources:

– This website can help with similar math problems. It walks students step by step through similar problems, allowing students to apply these same steps to this particular problem.

2. http://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Survival-Guide-Conversational-Thoroughly/dp/0965911381

– This book is awesome. It has also step by step explanations of algebra concepts, which the students can apply to this work problem.

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNjD4GeF96w

– This video shows students how to create a table based on a word problem and graphical information. They can watch this video to show them how to create a table for this problem.

4. http://www.purplemath.com/modules/solvelit.htm

– Purple Math is a great math website. This specific page can help students with knowing how to solve for variables and how to set up variables in an equation.

5. http://math.about.com/od/booksresourcesdvds/tp/Top-Apps-for-Algebra.htm

– This website has a list of awesome apps that can help with algebra. I have personally used wolfram alpha before and it is a great tool. Quadratic master would also be a great tool when starting quadratic functions, which aren’t used for this specific question, but is great when you do not have a calculator on hand. Also with so many schools going to BYOD (bring your own device), these apps could all be very useful.

6. Iexcel.com

– My 5^{th} grade cousin told me about this. She has a log in and password. This website shows you the learning skills you need to know in different grades, and it also has practice problems and tools. This would be a great resource for solving this problem. They can go on this website, go to their grade and find what they are learning and do practice problems. My cousin said sometimes her teachers assign homework through this website, particularly around the time they are about to take the CRCT.

7. Brainpop!

– Brainpop is a great website! At the middle school I was placed at last semester, my mentor teacher used this website a lot in her classroom. There are videos that you can watch that explain math concepts and also quizzes that go along with the videos. When I taught a lesson last semester, I used BrainPop. The students watched a video and then I had them take the quiz and I used this as an assessment.