ALGEBRA CURRICULUM YOUR STUDENTS WILL LOVE

While minimizing your planning time, reducing your stress, and maximizing student engagement

FOR TEXAS TEACHERS

If you are an Algebra 1 teacher in Texas, you have likely spent hours modifying resources to meet the TEKS and scoured the internet for just the right lesson.  It is a time-consuming process that takes away from other valuable responsibilities you have as a teacher. 

You probably even have a TEKS-aligned textbook on the shelf, but either it does not go deep enough or includes content that is not relevant to the standards.

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DO ANY OF THESE STATEMENTS
SOUND FAMILIAR?

  • “There are so few Algebra 1 resources out there that truly align to the TEKS and meet the rigor level of the STAAR.”
  • “I wish I had materials that work well together. I find myself spending too much of my valuable planning time digging through different resources.”
  • “My students are struggling with the concepts because the resources available aren’t engaging.”
  • “I’m new to teaching and overwhelmed with all there is to plan, much less my other responsibilities.”

Maneuvering the Middle® math curriculum is a perfect solution to equip you to meet the needs of your students and the demands of the teaching profession.

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM DESIGNED?

ALGEBRA TEKS BROKEN DOWN BY CONCEPT AND STANDARDS ORGANIZED INTO UNITS

PLANNING SUPPORT

To ensure vertical alignment and create a cohesive content base, unit overviews provide you with a foundational understanding of where students are and where they need to go.

Each topic offers teacher tips that address engagement ideas or student struggles to streamline your planning. Pacing guides give you a reference of how to implement the various resources. 

HIGH-INTEREST CLASSROOM RESOURCES

The guided notes provide visuals and scaffold the concepts in such a way that students refer back to them — a teacher’s dream! Real life application and problem solving strategies have been incorporated throughout the units to ensure that your students can apply the concepts.

Each unit includes at least six hands-on activities to support cooperative learning, higher-level thinking skills, and student practice in a fun way! Teachers have commented that they love hearing their students using academic language and justifying their reasoning.

EDITABLE ASSESSMENT RESOURCES

Each unit includes at least one quiz and an editable unit test. This allows you to customize the unit test to meet the needs of your students. Perhaps you would like to reduce the number of questions or answer choices for an IEP or 504 plan, or maybe you want to offer a pre-assessment prior to teaching the unit. The editable unit test provides you the opportunity to make these customizations.  

Each unit test is also available in Google Forms to ease the grading burden.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THESE THREE THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IN A CURRICULUM?

REASON No. 1

ALGEBRA CAN BE ENGAGING

Algebra 1 doesn’t have to be taught from an out-of-date textbook. 

Algebra 1 doesn’t have to be boring or stale.  

Algebra 1 can be hands-on, cooperative, and student-centered.  Students can enjoy learning Algebra 1 content, make real-world connections, and build their math foundation with the right materials.

REASON No. 2

TEKS-ALIGNED RESOURCES DO EXIST

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a trusted source to utilize TEKS-Aligned resources?

Or even the reassurance that all of the standards are represented in the curriculum?

Algebra 1 TEKS-Aligned resources are no longer difficult to find or hard to come by.  You won’t spend precious time modifying something to “make it work” or reinventing the wheel so that it meets the standards.

REASON no. 3

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND YOUR WEEKEND PLANNING

The Sunday Scaries are a real thing, but they don’t have to be.

When your lessons are laid out and ready-to-go, it takes a huge weight off your shoulders.

You can actually look forward to the week because you are prepared and rested.  It is possible to leave your classroom on Friday afternoon without a bag of work to take home or a pile of papers to grade.

TEACHING ALGEBRA DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT DIFFICULT

As former classroom teachers, we understand how teaching is a giant juggling act!  You are doing your best to keep from dropping the ball and we want to help lighten your load.

“I just wanted to email you and thank you and your team for all you do! This year my 8th grade math team and i used your entire curriculum and we saw scores that we have never seen before (93% passing)! I work at a low income Title 1 school where majority of my kids came to me hating math and over half did not pass the STAAR test the year before. I seriously believe that because of your materials my students started to actually enjoy math. I personally used almost everything in the curriculum and my students grew this year more than I could have imagined! Every student but 1 passed the STAAR test this year and this is coming from the same group of students who came to me with less than half passing during 7th grade!
 
I just want to say THANK YOU! You have a truly made a difference in not only my teaching but many others on my campus as well!!”

HAYLEY, 8th grade math teacher

“I am one that looks at the kids that fail and forget to celebrate the kids that succeed…I’m a little driven.  Over half of my 67 8th grade on level students (I also teach the Algebra) have never passed a STAAR Math Test. Only 17 of the 67 passed last year’s STAAR Test. Scores came in Friday.  I had 46 pass the first go around.  I had 6 kids get commended. Five missed passing by one question.  The other two teachers at our school were at that level of success as well.  One of my fellow teachers had a kid that had NEVER passed a Math STAAR Test get commended.
 
I want to say thank you for taking the time to do what you do for kids and teachers across Texas.  We have hooked our 6th and 7th grade on your reviews. We are your town criers in as much as we have exposure to other Middle School teachers at conferences,etc…”

BETHLYN, 8th GRADE MATH TEACHER

TEKS-ALIGNED ALGEBRA CURRICULUM

FROM MANEUVERING THE MIDDLE®

Algebra 1 TEKS Math Curriculum

EASY-TO-IMPLEMENT, hands-on curriculum
for TEXAS algebra 1 teachers

MANEUVERING THE MIDDLE® ALGEBRA 1 CURRICULUM IS THE PERFECT RESOURCE FOR YOU BECAUSE: 

  • IT PROVIDES HIGH-INTEREST, ENGAGING RESOURCES FOR ALGEBRA 1
  • IT IS 100% ALIGNED TO THE TEKS
  • IT MINIMIZES YOUR PLANNING WHILE MAXIMIZING YOUR EFFECTIVENESS

So, are you ready to create an high-engagement classroom environment with standards-based lessons, all while saying goodbye to the Sunday Scaries?

Here's how we'll help you get there:

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STANDARDS BROKEN DOWN INTO
10 TEKS-ALIGNED UNITS

EACH ALGEBRA 1 UNIT INCLUDES:

TEACHER PLANNING RESOURCES

1. UNIT OVERVIEWS

To ensure vertical alignment and create a cohesive content base, unit overviews provide you with a foundational understanding of where students are and where they need to go. A common language is supported through vocabulary, so students are familiar with the same terms and references as they progress from middle school to high school. Each unit overview offers teacher tips that address engagement ideas or student struggles to streamline your planning. Lastly, big ideas and essential questions allow you to focus your students on what they can take away from the unit.

2. PACING CALENDARS

Oftentimes the most difficult aspect of planning is the pacing! While some students will need more time, and others will be ready to move on, the flexible pacing calendars give you a baseline to implement. From there, you can tweak the pacing for your students, but all of the prep work has been done for you.

3. CALCULATOR REFERENCE GUIDE

Integrating the calculator is a key aspect of Algebra 1.  The calculator reference guide outlines calculator skills used within the unit for both the TI-84+ and the TI-Inspire.  The step-by-step directions will save you time, help you to clearly articulate how the calculator can be a support to your students, and maybe even teach you some new tricks!

CLASSROOM RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES

1. STUDENT-FRIENDLY GUIDED NOTES

The guided notes provide visuals and scaffold the concepts in such a way that students refer back to them — a teacher’s dream! Real life application and problem solving strategies have been incorporated throughout the units to ensure that your students can apply the concepts.

2. HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

Each unit includes at least six hands-on activities to support cooperative learning, higher-level thinking skills, and student practice in a fun way! Teachers have commented that they love hearing their students using academic language and justifying their reasoning.

3. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

A short, creative independent practice is included for each day. Some teachers choose to assign independent practice as homework, while others use them in math stations with small groups.

CUSTOMIZABLE ASSESSMENTS

1. EDITABLE UNIT TESTS

Each unit includes at least one quiz and an editable unit test. This allows you to customize the unit test to meet the needs of your students. Perhaps you would like to reduce the number of questions or answer choices for an IEP or 504 plan, or maybe you want to offer a pre-assessment prior to teaching the unit. The editable unit test provides you the opportunity to make these customizations.

2. SELF-GRADING GOOGLE FORM UNIT TESTS

All of the unit tests are available as a Google Form for those who would like to utilize technology to auto grade and disaggregate data.  Some of the test questions have been slightly adjusted to integrate with Google Form technology.

PLUS THESE YEAR-LONG RESOURCES

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Here's what you're getting when you PURCHASE today:

TEKS-Aligned Algebra 1 Curriculum (growing through 2021)

Algebra 1 TEKS Math Curriculum
  • Revisions and Updates
  • Online Portal Access to Curriculum

This curriculum is a GROWING curriculum.  

Your purchase currently includes Units 1-3, as well as the I Can Statements. Each month a new unit will be added. See the units and their estimated release date by clicking through or in the FAQs below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our TEKS-Aligned Algebra 1 Curriculum has been in development since the fall, but not everything is ready for you yet!  We have planned out an *estimated* timeline in which you can expect each unit to be loaded to your account.  This timeline should provide you with ample time to familiarize yourself with the resources before you need to use them in your classroom.  Please see the estimated timeline below: 

    • Unit 1: Equations and Inequalities (complete)
    • Unit 2: Properties of Functions (complete)
    • Unit 3: Linear Functions (complete)
    • Unit 4: Applying Linear Functions (8/2020)
    • Unit 5: Systems of Equations (9/2020)
    • Unit 6: Polynomials (10/2020) 
    • Unit 7: Quadratic Functions (11/2020)
    • Unit 8: Solving Quadratic Equations (12/2020)
    • Unit 9: Exponential Functions (1/2021)
    • Mini-Unit: Sequences (2/2021)
    • EOC Review:  (3/2021)

Yes, the curriculum will still work for you because the units are organized in a logical manner. While the unit in and of itself is not editable, you can easily rearrange the order of the units and even adjust the pacing to meet your students’ needs.  

We do have resources that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for grades 6-8. Please click here for more information about the curriculum.

At this time, we don’t have a CCSS-Aligned Algebra 1 curriculum. We do have an alignment document that will allow you to see what concepts are included, as well as the depth and rigor. This way, you can determine if the curriculum is a good fit for you and your students. 
 
Click here to reach out with any questions and to obtain the alignment document.
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