Read on to find out more about how to use different question types for Math, examples of sites you can embed into your formatives, and inspiring examples of formatives you can clone!

Using different question types for Math

Here are some of our favorite question types to use in Math classes!

🌟Show Your Work

Students can draw, type, underline, and even upload images in a Show Your Work question. Teachers can likewise draw, type, and upload images to the background! Here are some of our favorite uses for Math:

  1. Upload an image of a word problem to the background, and have students use the "CUBES" (circle, underline, box key words, evaluate, solve) strategy to solve it.
  2. Upload an image of different shapes, and have students circle ones with specific properties.
  3. Upload or draw or type a solution to a problem that contains a deliberate mistake. Ask students to circle the mistake and/or annotate by typing.
  4. Upload a blank graph, and ask students to complete it by drawing:

Tip: If your Show Your Work question has a final answer, you can add a Short Answer or Numeric question immediately after the Show Your Work question, asking students to type their final answer. That way, you can add an answer key and see in real time how your students are doing from your View Responses screen.Β 

🌟Latex Math - add to any question type!

You can choose any question type, and add a Latex Math equation to it by clicking on the "+" icon within the question:

Simply click on the equation that appears to open the editor and start editing the equation!

🌟Embed (embed calculators!)

You can embed a four function or scientific calculator from Desmos into any formative! Our Premium users can even embed the calculator within a specific question (great for when you want to randomize questions for testing):

🌟Numeric (*Premium)

Although you can add Latex Math to any question type, the Numeric question type is the only question that provides the same numeric keyboard for students to type in their answer.Β 

🌟Graphing (*Premium)

Our Graphing question type is powered by Desmos, and enables students to type an equation, or a table of values, and produce a graph:


🌟Resequence (*Premium)

You can use the Resequence question type to ask students to put integers, decimals, or fractions in order!

🌟Categorize (*Premium)

Use the Categorize question type to have students match properties with figures, or vocabulary terms with definitions!

πŸ“ŒUseful math sites that you can embed into your formatives

You can embed websites anywhere in a formative, either as a content item, or within a question (*Premium only). Check out our Embed article for instructions.Β 

Great Math sites that embed into formatives include:

🌟Gizmos

🌟GeoGebra

🌟Desmos - you can embed their four function or scientific calculator at the top of a formative, or (Premium*) within an individual question!

You can also add Khan Academy YouTube videos as content items or within questions (*Premium) by adding them as a video.

πŸ“ŒGreat examples of Math formatives

Check out these awesome formatives, created by other Math educators! Click on the title to clone them to your dashboard, and you can edit and assign them to your classes!

🌟Gummy Bear Math (7th, 8th, 9th grade): this uses a fun format to practice finding the volume of rectangular prisms and cylinders.

🌟Geometry: Similar Polygons (9th, 10th, 11th, grade): this is an awesomely detailed formative, full of videos and images as well as engaging questions!

🌟Fraction Pre-Test (3rd, 4th): this is a simple but effective formative that uses images and questions to check students' knowledge

🌟Visual Patterns (5th, 6th, 7th): this challenges students to recognize and continue patterns through drawing and writing equations!

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