I don't use a textbook for my Algebra I class and am always spending hours looking for good math tasks for this course. Does anyone know of any printed materials that I can access where I can get ahold of good math "application" problems. I already use teacherspayteachers.com but even they do not have many good "word problems".

Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ Good question! Welcome to the site. By the way, what topics do you cover in this course? Some of the best answerers on here are from other countries where the curriculum may be slightly different. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 22:57
  • $\begingroup$ Why do you need "application" problems? $\endgroup$
    – user539
    Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 3:56
  • $\begingroup$ Look around for "mathemathics olympiad," both preparation material and the contest problems themselves. Typically very hard, but almost always interesting (and can be simplified, give a fat clue, or could point you in the right direction to come up with your own), $\endgroup$
    – vonbrand
    Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ What is your reason for not using a textbook? (Knowing that may help me answer your question in more useful ways.) $\endgroup$
    – Sue VanHattum
    Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 13:27
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    $\begingroup$ It would be helpful to specify what is meant by "Algebra I" and whether you mean "Algebra I" in the university, high school, middle school, or what. Not all of us teach in the US. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Fox
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 17:01

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Check out:

  • visualpatterns.org - a great way to get them creating algebraic expressions to describe how something is growing
  • estimation180.com - though estimation isn't a part of algebra, this will strengthen their number sense

    Also, there are lots of wonderful blogs by high school teachers. One way to use these to search for specific content is through the "virtual filing cabinets" a number of bloggers have created. Sam Shah's refers to others, so it's a good place to start.


I don't know if this is acceptable question-answering etiquette, but this list of rich math tasks from another question is an excellent starting place.

(Aside: Is it better to link to the other list, or to copy and paste it into this question?)


Tons of good stuff here. (Dan Meyer's algebra I curriculum materials.)

Also, I heartily second Sue VanHattum's recommendation to check out Sam Shah's catalogue of math teacher bloggers' virtual filing cabinets.


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