Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 18

## Monday, November 13, 2017

### Monday Must Reads: Volume 18

As I write this, it's Sunday afternoon. Soup is simmering on the stove. I'm making vegetable soup for the first time ever in my life. A few weeks ago, I made cheddar broccoli soup that turned out well, so I'm hoping this one turns out just as good. I'm waiting for my lemon bars to come out of the oven. As much as I'd love to try one, these are for cookie club tomorrow. This is my first repeat treat of the year. The students have been requesting lemon bars ever since I made them the first time. And, as soon as the lemon bars come out, it will be time to put my crescent rolls in the oven. That's enough about my weekend kitchen adventures. Let's get to this week's Must Reads.

Bessma Garmo shares a math-y Red Ribbon Week door decoration. My school doesn't celebrate Red Ribbon Week, but if yours does this is a must steal idea!

After teaching intersections and unions last year, I've been dreading it for this year. However, Justin Bultman's Egg Man activity shows me that you *can* have fun with this topic!

Mrs. Richardson is getting in the Thanksgiving Spirit by having her students create domain and range turkeys. These are adorable!

I also LOVE how Mrs. Richardson used velcro to make moveable pieces on the wall for Panda Squares.

Mr. Fredericks shares an easy strategy that can be implemented with zero prep. I love this idea for getting students working together more effectively. I definitely want to implement this in the future when we're doing work on dry erase boards. When the chime sounds, swap the dry erase marker.

Kent Haines has me wanting to go back to the drawing board and redo my first quarter of Algebra 1 all over again. This year I've been making my students check their work when solving equations and inequalities. Why have I never thought to have them check their work when combining like terms?!?

Jamie Rapczynski combines solving absolute value equations with hungry hungry hippos. Yes, please!

On the topic of games, Mrs. Mahoney has convinced me that I need to make a giant Connect 4 board for my classroom this summer!

Loiselle Tejada has got me thinking about the way in which I give my students practice problems. I love this approach of having students work enough problems to earn a certain number of "points" in lieu of requiring every student to do the exact same amount of work.

I'm also super inspired by this hands-on approach to writing/solving systems of equations shared by Loiselle!

I can't quit looking at Ashley Tucker's beautiful, geometric classroom wall.

Kat Hendry provides an awesome visual for understanding the difference between linear growth and exponential growth. Why have I never thought to demonstrate it with actual coins before?

Teachers of Maths shares a fun code-breaking puzzle that I look forward to posing to my students.

Kathy Owens shares a brilliant teacher hack for those of us who store activities in ziplock bags.

Kirsty Fish brings circle theorems to life with paper plates and yarn. This makes me wish I taught geometry!

As we start to gear up for Christmas, I'm inspired by this advent calendar of daily math challenges from Gemma K.

CHSmaths shares a beautiful, student created bulletin board. I wish more of my students were captivated by the beauty of proof.

MathsEd shares tips on turning your windows into beautiful math-inspired stained glass.