Math = Love: Five Things Friday: Volume 4

Friday, November 17, 2017

Five Things Friday: Volume 4

It's Friday! And, it's a VERY happy Friday for me because now that the school day is over it means that Thanksgiving Break is here! This is a much needed break, and I'm looking forward to having an entire week off to catch up on the parts of life that tend to get neglected during the school year.

Every Friday, I do a quick post of five things I deem shareable but not worthy of an entire post on their own. Without further ado, let's get to it!

1.  In chemistry, we did a density challenge this week. Students had to calculate the maximum amount of sand that could be placed in a film canister so that it still floated. We tested our canisters today, and every canister floated! I ordered a set of 24 film canisters from Amazon (affiliate link) especially for this lab. The lids were a bit hard to get on/off, but they worked perfectly for this activity.

2. We wrote thank you notes today after our Algebra 1 quiz. Students had to choose one of the thank you cards I printed on colored paper, fold it in half, and write a thank you note to someone at our school. I chose to let students write letters to teachers, support staff, or other students. Some wrote silly notes. Others took it seriously. One student's note brought her friend to tears during first period. This is the power of just saying thanks. Interested in downloading the thank you card templates I created? You can find them here.

3. My study of physics is continuing. I've started creating an interactive notebook of sorts to contain my physics notes and worked practice problems. There's something about doing my study in a notebook that makes my learning feel more real. Since starting to keep my worked problems in a notebook, the amount of problems I've been working has been increasing. So, that's a win!

4. Last year, my husband taught a middle school computer science class using the curriculum. One of the activities involved having students build boats from aluminum foil. Students were challenged to create a boat design that would hold the most pennies. We took a trip to the bank one day and got several dollars worth of pennies. This year, I've been getting my own mileage out of this bowl of pennies. We did the aluminum foil boat activity during the first week. Then, we used the pennies to determine how many drops of water will fit on a face of a penny. Students practiced using the scientific method to make a hypothesis regarding how different liquids would compare to water when it comes to drops fitting on the face of a penny. Finally, we used them recently to calculate the density of pre-1982 pennies and post-1982 pennies. Students used these densities to test their hypothesis regarding the composition of pre-1982 and post-1982 pennies.

5. I got some UTA goodies in the mail this past week. The President of UTA heard that I was a finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, so he decided to send me a gift of a UTA Pennant and Scarf. I did my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through UTA online. I have a TU flag in my classroom from my undergraduate days, so I'm excited to have something to hang up in my room to represent my time in grad school.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sarah - Can you recommend what source(s) you're using to teach yourself physics? I am hoping to do the same, but am not sure where to start. I think you said you had your husband's old textbook (?). My daughter is in AP Physics in school, but her teacher doesn't use a textbook (he uses classroom discussions to teach the students), so I find it hard to help her or understand the basics. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!! And thank you for all of the useful information you share with the blog world!! Katy