Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Extra Practice Calculus Worksheets

I keep forgetting to mention this great resource I found at NCTM one year. If you know of the Pizzazz worksheets, it's sort of like that, but for calculus (ooh, aah). It's published by Nasco, and called "Calculaughs Joke Worksheets", by June Oliver - who apparently was/is a calculus teacher and made up a variety of joke practice sheets for derivatives, mean value theorem, integrals, etc.

I've already used them when I want to come back to a topic after we've moved on. It's a nice way for the students to refresh their memories. I LOVED the types of questions on the MVThm sheet. I could never find enough satisfactory problems elsewhere for my kids to practice with. It also gave me some ideas on other types of activities I can have for that topic.

Here's a link I found: http://www.enasco.com/action/search?catalog=math&q=calculaughs&x=0&y=0

I'd also love to hear of other such resources for precalculus or for calculus ... even for algebra 2, because it's nice for the kids to refresh their memories on OLD topics.


  1. Anonymous8:19 PM

    I totally use this too...the jokes are pretty good (they are all groaners) but the kids are at a level they can appreciate them.

    I too would love to hear about some good pre-calc and algebra 2 ones like this!

  2. Anonymous9:32 PM

    I have some sheets I made up when I was teaching algebra 2 and some from precalculus. I took the pizzazz puzzles and used the same structure and changed the problems to be precal or alg2 problems. I only have a few, and most are cut and paste, but I think I have some on the computer. ... or I could scan the others. ... my brain is kicking in gear. I actually made some up of my own, too.

    Anyhow, if you want the paltry few I made up, send me e-mail, and I'll attach them.


  3. Anonymous8:37 PM

    I don't know how much is revelent to Alg2, but there are several Algebra activities that have been uploaded to ilovemath.org. Somewhere along the teaching path, I inherited some Alg2/pre-calc puzzle sheets, I think I have them scanned somewhere if you want them.

  4. Anonymous8:39 PM

    I would love them if you wouldn't mind e-mailing them to me at math_mambo@yahoo.com. I'm always on the lookout for new activities.

    Thanks :),

    Ms. Cookie

  5. Anonymous10:05 PM

    I just got the new Nasco catalog for Math this week. There is an Alg2/precalc book as well. It is product number TB20656T.

  6. Anonymous10:18 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I didn't even think of looking.

    Ms. Cookie

  7. Anonymous7:18 PM

    thanks for this book tip! i totally just emailed my department head to see if i can't get it.

    i have read great things about this calculus project book online [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0883855038/], so i'm hopefully going to get that ordered too and i'll tell you if it's any good.

    thanks again!
    sam shah

    one's for drills, one's for thought provoking work!

  8. Anonymous8:26 PM

    Hi Sam,

    Yes, I'd like to know how the calculus project book is.


    Ms. Cookie