Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 25

## Monday, January 8, 2018

### Monday Must Reads: Volume 25

Happy Monday! For me, this marks the first full week back of the semester, and I am excited! We only had one day last week, and I have to admit that I was dreading going back. Once kids got in my room and we started the 2018 Challenge, I was reminded just how much I LOVE this job.

Here are what I have deemed as this week's must reads. I hope you enjoy reading through these ideas. There are actually two weeks worth of ideas here since I skipped a week of Monday Must Reads due to New Years.

For years, I've had thoughts of somehow putting up a giant multiplication chart as part of my classroom decor. I've never been able to figure out how to pull it off, though. So, I was super excited when I ran across this awesome picture shared by Tom Loud.

Kat Hendry shares a brilliant idea for using linking cubes (affiliate link) that I've never seen before. Use them to illustrate systems of equations!

Here's another intriguing idea for teaching systems of equations from Mrs. Akgul. I like the idea of posing questions based on real life data. The article is here.

I am looking forward to using this data provided by Math In The News when we get to scatterplots and regression.

Pam Wilson inspires with her mathematician table labels. I tried taping the labels to the tables this year, and it has been an utter failure. I'll definitely be hanging table labels from the ceiling next year. I love the idea of exposing students to famous mathematical thinkers on a daily basis. Learn more about this idea on Pam's blog!

Have you seen the adorable, viral video of the quadruplets taking turns hugging one another? If not, stop everything and watch it now. Joe Karlovsky offers up an idea to turn this into a math problem.

I know Christmas is in the past, but I ran across some more Christmas themed puzzles on twitter, and I can't not share them. Otherwise, how will I find them again for next Christmas. This Elf puzzle from Maths@ KPS looks fun!

Here are some others from KPS Maths that also caught my eye.

Here's another idea from KPS Maths that can be used year round. I can see students really getting into this "Prime on a Lime" challenge. I would love to see what students came up with on their own!

Teaching translations? You MUST check out this pentomino puzzle from Access Maths. You can download the puzzle here.

Liz Mastalio shares a shout-out she received from a coworker. I wish my school did things like this!

OCR Maths shares an intriguing task that combines sequences and Venn Diagrams.

The SJB Numeracy Department shares a photo of a "Mathematician of the Term" on a bulletin board. LOVE it!

Miss Hughes shares another inspiring bulletin board that features famous mathematicians.

Another goodie from Miss Hughes - a fun problem involving the snowman language.

Nicole Miranda engages her students with a fun, hands-on angle of elevation task.

Jerrold Wiebe poses an interesting task involving the numbers between 1 and 9. I can see this task leading to a lot of great math talk!

I'm also jealous of this learning carpet!

I LOVE this idea shared by Miss Davis where students have to self-identify their point of confusion.

Gina Bostwick gets her students thinking about college early with this dorm room design challenge.

Kent Haines posed a question on twitter that really caught my attention. How would you represent 2x + 3 = 17?

Teaching about statistical questions? Check out this awesome notebook page from Cheryl Leung!

I am a HUGE fan of Rick Barlow's Vocab Party tasks. His newest one for analyzing statistics is awesome!

Want to make your graphing lesson more hands-on? Karyn Jackson says just add smarties!

I also look forward to trying Karyn's idea of Pin the Tail on the Number Line in the future.

Miss Gray brilliantly has her students use lockers to make box and whisker plots.

Benjamin Dickman recently blew my mind. How come nobody every told me that there were multiple ways to rationalize the denominator?!?

I'm super impressed with this thinking map created by Chris Depew's students to compare and contrast equations and inequalities.

Check out this awesome data analysis task that is also from Chris Depew.

Jo Morgan has written a very interesting blog post about words we no longer use in mathematics. I highly suggest reading it! I've flipped through some old math textbooks on my own recently, and I was blown away some of the vocabulary myself.

Joel Bezaire kicks off the new year with a fun task. I'm curious how my students would approach this.

Susan Russo shares an interesting find in an old textbook. How would today's students perform on this task?