Math = Love

Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday Must Reads: Volume 52

It's Monday again, and I am SO thankful it is a 3 Day Weekend! I really need this extra day off. To help get myself inspired for returning to school tomorrow, I'm compiling a list of my most recent liked tweets in this week's volume of Monday Must Reads.



I love this emphasis on different representations of 1 from Kerstin Morris. Understanding this topic is so crucial to understanding algebraic operations in middle school and high school.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsVillano/status/1086745190063370241
 Check out how Ryan Kile encourages students to put mathematical definitions in their own words.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrKileTeach/status/971447674309197825
Teaching AP? I love this countdown from Mr. Kluemper.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/TeachMeKluemper/status/996344746082697216
These candy based scale projects from Sierra Cretsinger are awesome!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/siecrets/status/959570680319758336
This flippable study tool from Mrs. Harper looks amazing!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsHarper2/status/766257082874093568
This Pom Pom Challenge from Sarah Gonzales looks like a lot of fun!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SarahGonza8/status/1033459820765106176
Trever Reeh inspires with a lesson that combines lasers and trigonometry.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/treverreeh/status/1085675580786397186
These order of operation puzzles from Math with P Nik look like lots of fun!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrNiksMathClass/status/1086439078617321474
Brett Parker shares a method for engaging students with a WODB puzzle using post-it notes to capture student thinking.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/parkermathed/status/1086349147589038081
Jo Morgan shares an interesting times table book strategy shared with her by an exchange teacher from Shanghai.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mathsjem/status/1086287614095867904
I love this visual representation of half life dice from Daniel Hobson.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Mr_Hobson01/status/1085959238218862594
Mandy shares a great "select all that apply" question to test rational exponents. Every time I do one of these, I think that I need to do them more often!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mathdyal/status/1086031111325736960
Have any football lovers in your math class? Check out this puzzler from Don Fraser!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DonFraser9/status/1050778551174275074
Simon Beale shares a great practice structure that could very easily be adapted to math class!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SPBeale/status/1085163547552874496
Rachael Gorsuch shares a great idea for combining fractals, art, and similarity.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rachaelhgorsuch/status/1085558355932971008
Nicholas Chambers shares a great hands-on project for geometry students to tackle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/NChambers713/status/902620705686032385
 Ann Ahlborn shares a brilliant idea for encouraging thankfulness amongst students.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsAhlbornCMS/status/771325377918537729
Mrs. Griesemer shares a lovely idea for slope fields - an interactive slope field.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsGriesemer/status/472415084593942528
Jennifer Davis shares a hands-on idea for introducing data analysis. I love the puzzling aspect of this activity!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ms_jdavisCCCS/status/1085267396536008710
Rick Barlow shares a prompt to gauge student understanding of exponents and order of operations.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rickbrlw/status/1085200284970713088
Love this data collection method involving magnets from Desiree Anderson.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/des_ande/status/905467404528037888
Image Source: https://twitter.com/des_ande/status/926537801625153536
Kortney Smith shares a creative way for grouping students.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KortneyLovesMTH/status/1055143836186562560
3D Printing your own jewelry using transformations? I want to be in Ella Hereth's geometry class!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MsHereth/status/1084811756248154112
John Stevens shares a WODB for systems of inequalities.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Jstevens009/status/1084880916353146881
Jamie Mitchell shares an interesting design challenge.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/realJ_Mitchell/status/1084834077272952834
Until next week, keep sharing your amazing ideas!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Matador Dominoes Puzzle

Yesterday, I posted a sneak peek photo on twitter of the latest puzzle I've been working on for my classroom. It was very interesting to read people's theories about what the puzzle might entail.


This is the Matador Dominoes Puzzle. I ran across this puzzle while searching the Internet for the instructions to a brain teaser puzzle since I seem to have misplaced them in my multitude of recent classroom moves. It is featured on Rob's Puzzle Page of Pattern Puzzles. This page is seriously full of so many awesome puzzles.

Image Source: http://www.robspuzzlepage.com/pattern.htm
This puzzle really caught my eye because it would be relatively easy to recreate for my classroom, unlike most illustration based edge matching puzzles. 

Image Source: http://www.robspuzzlepage.com/pattern.htm
I haven't had a puzzle up on my dry erase board since we came back from Christmas Break, so I decided to make my own large, magnetic version of this puzzle for my students to tackle. I recreated each square of the puzzle as a 7.5" square in Microsoft Word using domino clipart from ClipArt ETC. I used the small version of each clipart image which resulted in the domino spots being the slightest bit pixelated in my file. In retrospect, I should have used the higher res clipart images. It hasn't bothered me enough to recreate the entire file, though.


The aim of the puzzle is to put the six pieces together in such a way that you get the seven double dominoes from double-blank to double-six.


After laminating each piece and attaching a magnet to the back, I put them on my dry erase board and waited impatiently for a student to notice. 2nd hour came and went. No one noticed. 3rd hour came and went. 4th hour came and went. Still, not a single student had noticed the puzzle on the board.


5th hour rolled around, and as students began entering the classroom. I soon heard a student exclaim, "There's a new puzzle on the wall. I'm going to try it!" Multiple students were quickly gathered at the board. They read the instructions aloud and jumped in. 
 

In under a minute or two, the students exclaimed that the puzzle had been solved. I glanced up at their work and was about to congratulate them when I realized that their solution was actually NOT the solution. They had matched up each of the edges, but they had not formed all seven of the double dominoes. Their solution had formed the double four domino twice and had neglected to form the double one domino. Frustrated, they went back to work. 


The puzzle remains unsolved. It looked like this when I left for the day. 


I realize that not everyone will have ample space in their classroom for this jumbo version of the puzzle. So, I also resized the cards to make a smaller set that prints 1 set per letter sized page and fits in a snack sized sandwich bag.

This would be the perfect size if you wanted to work the puzzle yourself or have each student work the puzzle individually at their own desks. 


 Download your own copy of the file for this puzzle here.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Must Reads: Volume 51

Somehow, it is once again Monday. So, let's celebrate this new week with some lovely twitter awesomeness from my fellow teachers around the world.



Nicola Amies inspires with this beautiful, student-made circle theorems bulletin board.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AmiesNicola/status/778251835006152706
Calculus Teachers! Check out this exclamation point based area question from Simon Ball!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ballyzero/status/1059502924756328451
If calculus isn't your thing, this puzzle from Simon Ball is also lovely. I believe this is equivalent to the tent puzzles I blogged about several years ago.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ballyzero/status/1060942519326908416
I really like this exponent and radicals task from Elysian Maths.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ElysianMaths/status/1076481738795302912
Mrs. Allan shares a Christmas gift idea that could also work well as an end-of-year gift for students in your math club.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsAllanOnline/status/1073672011996487680
Rachael Gorsuch shares a yummy proportionality lesson.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rachaelhgorsuch/status/1083812985796214785
Neil Casey shares what is perhaps one of the most creative ideas I have ever seen for looking at slope and linear patterns.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrCasey27/status/1074763962460323845
Cassandra Valenti shares a helpful hint for engaging students with word problems.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathWithMrsV/status/1083729532354547713
Chris Bolognese shares a great WODB problem to kick off your unit on sequences and series.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/EulersNephew/status/1082089960839307266
Lana Steiner shares a fun challenge: create your own geoboard!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/LanaSteiner4/status/1082695856858517504
I absolutely adore this bulletin board from Nicole Snijders (shared by Nichole Criminger).

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ncriminger_csms/status/1075828871977668608
It isn't too late to still make changes in your classroom. Check out this more/less idea from Carol Anderson!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/caroleanne_87/status/955566693283258373
Carol also shares a great use for transparencies as a manipulative. Definitely click through to watch the video!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/caroleanne_87/status/1072509768688984065
Also, how engaging is this lesson on surface area and volume using gingerbread houses?!?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/caroleanne_87/status/1076147365529174017
Kathryn D Koon shares another great idea that uses transparencies to teach compound inequalities through groupwork.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kdkoon1/status/1042168754808020993
Also from Kathryn D Koon - an engaging game of "I Spy." I've never seen this modified for math class before. How cool!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kdkoon1/status/1047647459902672897
Teaching vectors? Check out this lesson from Amy Dusto involving popsicle sticks!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AmyDusto/status/1082305443869933572
Science Teachers - check out how Shawna teaches circuit diagrams using graham crackers and candy!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/shawnawirz/status/1075880992659959810
If you teach geometry, check out this WODB from Kaitlin.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Kaitruggiero/status/1082281111248662528
Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas!