Math = Love: December 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Things Teenagers Say: Volume 24

So, I've decided that my motivation of late for blogging is pure procrastination.  At the moment, I'm procrastinating on cleaning my house by typing up this post.  The washer and dryer are both running at the moment, so this still counts as being totally productive, right? ;)

Also - where has this semester gone?!?  Just a few more days until Christmas Break!  I don't know how I'm going to cope with not hearing crazy things come out of the mouths of teenagers for a couple of weeks...

Previous Volumes:
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5  
Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10
Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13 | Volume 14 | Volume 15
Volume 16 | Volume 17 | Volume 18 | Volume 19 | Volume 20
Volume 21 | Volume 22 | Volume 23

While playing review Jeopardy...

Student: But, Ms. Hagan, you're not even playing.
Me: Hello! I'm Alex Trebek.
Student: Who is that?
Me: [No words...]


Ms. Hagan, I think you should be an Aztec warrior.


When you were little, did you lick the television when Veggie Tales came on?



Student: I sound more like a parakeet than a goat.


Student: Do you know how many letters are in the word perfect? 7. Do you know what else has 7 letters? 
Me: Ms. Hagan.


Student: Ms. Hagan, are you Internet famous?  Did you know most internet famous people sit at home eating chips and petting their cats?  I bet you sit at home eating chips and petting your plants.


Student comment while I was typing:

You sound like a newspaper maker. 


Really? Math on Halloween?!? That is NOT fair.


Student 1: Do you just go home and sit in your room and do math?
Me: Yes. (Sarcastically)
Student 1: Really?
Me: No.  Guys, I really do have a life.
Student 1: Yeah.  You have cats.
Student 2: Actually, she has plants.  Get it right!


Melted cheese fills the crack in a broken heart.


If your boyfriend breaks up with you, are you going to start giving us lots of homework?


Student: Ms. Hagan, did you know that there are different Americas?
Me: What do you mean there are different Americas?
Student:  Guys, Ms. Hagan didn't know that there are three different Americas either.
Me: And, what are the three different Americas?
Student: Well, there's North America, South America, and America America.  Did you really not know that?!?
Me: I knew that.  Did you just learn that?
Student: Yes.  But, what I don't get is why isn't Africa also named America?


If I make a B on this quiz, I'm going to kiss you.


Student: Look at my arm!
Me: Oh no.  What did you do?
Student: Well, I was chasing a donkey down the road on my motorcycle...


Student: Ms. Hagan, is it against your religion to wear jeans every day?
Me: No.  You do know that teachers are only allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, right?
Student:  But, you could still wear pants or slacks.  Instead, you wear dresses and skirts every day.
Me:  I was wearing slacks yesterday.
Student:  The way you dress is old and boring looking.
Me: Okay then...


Student 1: How do you spell pedophile?
Student 2: Just google it.  I google how to spell pedophile all the time.


This isn't a cheat sheet.  A cheat sheet would give me the answers.  This is a think sheet.


Student: Ms. Hagan, I took a picture of your house this weekend.
Me: That's kinda creepy.
Student: Do you want to see?
Me: Sure.
Student: [Shows Picture on Phone]
Me: That's not my house.
Student: Oh, I knew that.  But, the house had five cats in the front yard so it made me think of you.


Instead of chocolate, your boyfriend could buy you a bouquet of celery.


It's not called stalking.  It's called following your dreams.


Do you know what's dumber than a box of rocks?  A box of sticks.


Student: Ms. Hagan, I think I need to get a life.
Me: Why?
Student: Because I've started going home and doing math.


He's not late; he's fashionably not present.


I'd rather eat a human than a cat or dog if I was starving.


Student 1: You can't boil stuff in the bath tub.
Student 2: Yes you can.  Just our gasoline in and set it on fire.


One student to another: He called you "sweetheart."  That means he is too old for you.  You just got friend-zoned.


Student 1: Who's Noah?
Student 2: Noah and the Ark.
Student 1: I've never seen that movie.
Student 2: It's in the Bible.


I love kangaroos.  They have that pouch.  I just want to climb inside that pouch.


My gum told me to not listen to you for the next ten minutes.


One student to another: If you get that close to my face again, I'm going to assume you want me to kiss you.  So, I'm going to lick your face.


When you trip and fall and the spaghetti falls out of your pocket...


Do you know what I found out?  There's a day called Daughter's Day.  My parents have been hiding this fact from me.  My mom gets Mother's Day, and my dad gets Father's Day.  They each get their own special day.  I should get my own special day.  I mean, I'm so special.  I'm like the 2nd Baby Jesus.  I'm the Virgin Mary of 2014.


What would you have to do to be in a math play?
You'd have to "addition." 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Things Teenagers Say: Volume 23

I'm thinking that maybe I should rename "Things Teenagers Say" to "Chronicles of the Crazy Cat Lady Who Doesn't Actually Own a Cat" or something like that...  

You know things are bad when a reporter spends a day in your classroom, and your students tell said reporter about the fact that you are a crazy cat lady.  The reporter then asks the students just how many cats you own.  Zero.  Confusion follows.  Confusion and laughter.  

Previous Volumes:
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5  
Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10
Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13 | Volume 14 | Volume 15
Volume 16 | Volume 17 | Volume 18 | Volume 19 | Volume 20
Volume 21 | Volume 22

Our FACS program includes a class on Marriage and Family.  One of the major projects students complete is planning and carrying out an entire wedding and wedding reception.  The class votes on two students to get married.  Other students in the class serve as bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Committees are formed to decorate for the wedding and the reception.  It's actually a big undertaking.  On the morning of the wedding, my class asked if we could postpone our lesson for fifteen or so minutes to attend the nuptials.  

Student:  Can we go to the fake wedding?
Me: I was really planning on us doing a math lesson today.
Student: But, I hear there's going to be cats in the goodie bags.


Written on the cover of a student's algebra notebook:

Satan's Class... Welcome to Hell!



You're right. I'm wrong. Let's eat pie.


If you DM every girl in the state of Oklahoma, no one is going to date you.


You're the only mean teacher in this school.

And, this is what I get for insisting we do math instead of watching a movie on the last two days before Thanksgiving Break...


Your definition of fun and our definition of fun are not the same.


Ms. Hagan, you won't live past the age of 25 if you give us homework on your birthday.


Student 1: Tuck your shirt in. You look like a hillbilly.
Student 2: No he doesn't. He looks snazzy.


Ms. Hagan, you're a mathaholic. You need rehab.


I always knew Pi Girl was a villain.


Student 1: Ms. Hagan, I saw something at the store, and it made me think of you.  So, I took a picture of it.  Do you want to see it?  
Me: Sure.  I'd love to know what made you think of your math teacher in the store.  
Student 1: It's a baby onesie.  If you had a baby, I would totally buy this onesie for them.  It has a cat on it, and it says, "Meow's it going?"  
Student 2: Wouldn't it be better to get Ms. Hagan's baby a mathematical onesie?  A onesie with a fraction on it would be adorable!  I wonder if they make those...


You should do the right thing and date her best friend.


Student 1: Ms. Hagan, did you know that I am addicted to shoes?  I have over 400 pairs.  
Me: No.  
Student 2:  Guys, I bet Ms. Hagan is the same way with plants as [Student 1] is with shoes.
Me: Guys, I seriously don't have that many plants.
Student 2:  I bet you have so many plants your house looks like a rainforest inside.  
Student 1:  Ooooh, you could paint all of your cats to look like tigers. Then, it would look like you had tigers wandering around in your rainforest.  
Me:  Y'all are never going to believe me when I say that I don't own any cats are you?


If you could have an affair with any married celebrity,who would it be?


Me: Class, I have sad news.  
Student: Did your cat die?  

So, I said this first hour.  This was not the response I was hoping for.  So, I tried it again to see if my next class would give me the same response.  Second hour, a student asked the same question.  Third hour, the same question. Fourth hour, I forgot to ask.  Fifth hour, another student asked me if my cat had died.  Sixth hour, the same thing happened all over again.


Ms. Hagan is a totally different person now that she has a boyfriend. I can't even look at her the same way now. It's like we know we're not first in her life anymore...


I'd rather cheat off you than cheat on you. 


I just had a realization. All old people are is fermented babies.


Let me see what you're doing in Algebra 2 so I can decide if I want to drop out or not.


If your boyfriend breaks up with you, there are plenty of other coordinates on the plane.


You being sarcastic is you saying you're good at math.

And, yes, this was directed at me.  #OUCH  


You made this?!? I didn't think you ever did anything except eat lettuce.


Dude, I've been baeless forever. You've been baeless for 3 days.


I have handwriting like a dinosaur, man!


You should get a pet bunny.  Then, you guys could share your food.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trigonometry Unit 2 Interactive Notebook Pages

Hi guys.  I am so behind in posting stuff from this school year.  So, so, soooooooo behind.

Here's what Unit 2 ended up looking like in my trig class.  I posted Unit 1 back in September.  Unit 1 was mainly a review of algebra and geometry.  Unit 2 was the start of actual trigonometry!  Yay!    

Our geometry standards include basic right triangle trig, but I've found that my students' experience with this topic is greatly lacking.  They remember learning SOHCAHTOA, but they never really did know what they were doing.  It's been so fun to teach them trig from the beginning and see the light bulbs start to go off.  "Oh, this is what we were supposed to do in geometry!  Why didn't they ever tell us it was this simple?!?"

Before I introduced my students to the basic trig ratios, I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page when it came to naming the parts of a right triangle.  My students had a hard time wrapping their minds around the difference between the adjacent side and the opposite side for some reason.  

We made a simple three-door foldable with the formulas for sine, cosine, and tangent.

Inside the flaps:

My students referenced this foldable A LOT!  In fact, they're still referencing during our unit on the unit circle.

Thanks to Meg, I learned about the song Gettin' Triggy Wit It by WSHS on YouTube.

If you haven't seen this video, stop everything and watch it now.  I'll even be nice and embed it for you. :)

My students enjoyed the video the first time we watched it, but they had a hard time understanding a few of the lyrics.  So, I printed the lyrics off for them the next day to glue in their interactive notebooks.  In the future, I would print these off and have students draw example problems on the paper as they watched it.

The page unfolds to show the rest of the lyrics.

One of my students apparently got in trouble by the cheerleading coach for dancing like the students in the video.  She was told that the dance moves were inappropriate...  Of course she threw me under the bus and said "Well my math teacher taught it to me."

Now that we knew how to find the basic trig ratios, it was time to start thinking about radians.

I don't ever remember really learning what a radian was when I took trig in high school.  I'm sure my teacher told me, but I guess it didn't really stick.  We're going to be dealing with radians a lot, and I decided I didn't want my students to flip out every time radians were mentioned.

Naturally, I turned to google.  Let's just say I am a frequent google user.  Some people in town refer to me as "Google Girl" because I use google so much.  :)

SEARCH: "What is a radian?"

I quickly found a great discovery activity that involved circles and pipe cleaners and tracing and cutting and folding paper and basically everything I love and adore in life.

I would link you to the actual activity I used, but I actually ended up combining what I liked from five or six different resources.

Step 1: Raid your kitchen cabinets for every circular lid you can find.

Step 2: Instruct each student to pick a lid when they enter the classroom.

Step 3: Trace your lid onto colored paper.

Step 4: Cut out the circle. Fold it in fourths to find the center.

Step 5: Mark the center of the circle.

Step 6: Cut a pipe cleaner the same length as the radius of the circle.

Apparently, pipe cleaners are now called "fuzzy sticks."  What is up with that?!?

Step 7: Draw in the radius on the circle.  Line up the pipe cleaner with the edge of the radius.

Step 8: Start wrapping the pipe cleaner around the circumference and marking where it stops.

Step 9: Divide the circle into sections based on your markings.

If students have attended to precision, They should end up with 6 equal sized sections plus a tiny left over section.

Glue the circle in your notebook.

Define a radian as the angle that has an arc length equal to the radius of the circle.

I wasn't planning on this, but my students decided we needed to glue our pipe cleaners to the radius.  They turned out looking pretty cool!

We wrote in the definition of a radian.

Then, we set about figuring out just how many degrees are in a radian.  If there were just the six equal sized sections, how many degrees would a radian be?  360 degrees divided by 6 is 60 degrees.  But, there are six sections AND a little section, so each section must be less than 60 degrees.

We decided to set up a proportion to determine just how many degrees are in a radian.  Okay.  Let's be honest.  It was my idea to do this, not my students' idea.  But, they did go along with it, so I guess it still counts.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself.  ;)

Before we could set up a proportion involving radians, we needed to review the formula for circumference of a circle.  When I asked my trig students for the formula for circumference, they gave me the formula for area of a circle.  They told me that "pi r squared" was the only circle formula that they knew... #sigh

When looking for information online regarding teaching radians, I ran across a song to sing that features the formula for circumference of a circle.  There's just something about song that helps me remember things.  And, I assume that some of my students are like that, too.  They decided we should write the lyrics for the circumference song in our notebooks.  It's a simple song set to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  Circumference equals 2 pi r."  Isn't that the most brilliant thing you've ever heard in your life?!?

They remembered from geometry and our geometry review earlier in the year that a circle is equivalent to 360 degrees.  And, the circumference of a circle is 2*pi*r.  We eventually found that a radian is approximately 57.296 degrees.  

I'm hoping that this activity helps my students to never fear when the word radian appears.

After learning what a radian was, it was time to learn how to convert between radians and degrees.  We made a much-referenced foldable over this.

Outside of Radians to Degrees and Degrees to Radians Foldable:

Inside of Foldable:

Close up of radians to degrees notes/examples:

Close up of degrees to radians notes/examples:

The next page is one of my favorites.  If I'm I may have created this page in order to have an excuse to use a brad in our notebooks.  Does that sound like a crazy thing to do?  It probably is.  It's definitely a long story...

I had students cut out the initial side and terminal side for their angle out of card stock.  The initial side was glued down on the x-axis.  The terminal side of the angle was attached to the paper with a brad.  Apparently, these are called "paper fasteners" in other countries.

Once students had constructed their handy, dandy, spinny angle page, I asked each student to move their terminal side to form a 45 degree angle.  Then, I instructed them to take a look at the angle formed by their neighbor.  They soon realized that some students had made their 45 degree angle in the first quadrant, and others had made their angles in the fourth quadrant.  This led to an awesome discussion.

We added notes to our page regarding how to graph positive/negative angles.

I had the bright idea to make a card sort for my students over coterminal angles.  They were going to write the definition of coterminal angles.  Then, I was going to give them a page with all kinds of angle measures.  They would sort them into groups that were coterminal with one another.  Then, they would take a blank square and write an additional angle that was coterminal with the other angles in the group.

This. Did. Not. Go. Well.

And, I'm not really sure why.  

Next up, some pretty boring notes about reference angles.  Sorry, nothing exciting on this page.

 I stole the bowtie idea off of pinterest.

The last standard for students in this unit was to be able to find the trig ratio of angles formed by various ordered pairs.

I think I could have done a better job of writing out these steps.  Maybe next time I teach trig I will make these steps clearer...

We took a piece of graph paper and folded it into a poof book.  This let us fit three practice problems onto our page.  I let students pick ordered pairs for the class to work with.  I would choose the quadrant, and students could pick any ordered pair in that quadrant.  This prevented all of our examples from being in the first quadrant.

First Quadrant Example:

Second Quadrant Example:

Third Quadrant Example:

Want to download the files from this unit?  Click here.