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.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/loudlearning/status/948756238652858368
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!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/GoslinK123/status/949482561746632705
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.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsAkgul/status/943593126744248320
I am looking forward to using this data provided by Math In The News when we get to scatterplots and regression.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathInTheNews/status/949265058982318080
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!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/pamjwilson/status/949326109920854016
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.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrKarlovsky/status/949390120280576000
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!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kpsmaths/status/671674015166169088
Here are some others from KPS Maths that also caught my eye.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kpsmaths/status/672364202221268996
Image Source: https://twitter.com/kpsmaths/status/677523665676869632
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!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kpsmaths/status/941038365805350913
Teaching translations? You MUST check out this pentomino puzzle from Access Maths. You can download the puzzle here.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AccessMaths/status/825685415575293952
Liz Mastalio shares a shout-out she received from a coworker. I wish my school did things like this!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissMastalio/status/949365869251088385
OCR Maths shares an intriguing task that combines sequences and Venn Diagrams.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/OCR_Maths/status/916252970987278337
The SJB Numeracy Department shares a photo of a "Mathematician of the Term" on a bulletin board. LOVE it!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SJBNumeracy/status/917276213743407104
Miss Hughes shares another inspiring bulletin board that features famous mathematicians.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathsatStNics/status/827090150333235200
Another goodie from Miss Hughes - a fun problem involving the snowman language.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathsatStNics/status/937935699969536001
Nicole Miranda engages her students with a fun, hands-on angle of elevation task.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MirandaMath0509/status/837032909680873477
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!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Jerroldwiebe/status/852002616842256384
I'm also jealous of this learning carpet!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Jerroldwiebe/status/943655160542138368
I LOVE this idea shared by Miss Davis where students have to self-identify their point of confusion.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissDavisSCSD/status/941849532538740736
Gina Bostwick gets her students thinking about college early with this dorm room design challenge.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/gbostwick626/status/942971391791558656
Kent Haines posed a question on twitter that really caught my attention. How would you represent 2x + 3 = 17?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KentHaines/status/948602599665733637
Teaching about statistical questions? Check out this awesome notebook page from Cheryl Leung!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathEasyAsPi/status/948961176485994496
I am a HUGE fan of Rick Barlow's Vocab Party tasks. His newest one for analyzing statistics is awesome!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rickbrlw/status/948920144960589824
Want to make your graphing lesson more hands-on? Karyn Jackson says just add smarties!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/afrkl4u/status/837292195237478401
I also look forward to trying Karyn's idea of Pin the Tail on the Number Line in the future.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/afrkl4u/status/908787860698013697
Miss Gray brilliantly has her students use lockers to make box and whisker plots.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissGray908/status/867753083144744962
Benjamin Dickman recently blew my mind. How come nobody every told me that there were multiple ways to rationalize the denominator?!?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/benjamindickman/status/945792987036049409
I'm super impressed with this thinking map created by Chris Depew's students to compare and contrast equations and inequalities.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CDepewMath/status/804818345056870400
Check out this awesome data analysis task that is also from Chris Depew.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CDepewMath/status/869637936886595584
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.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/joelbezaire/status/948614040888078336
Susan Russo shares an interesting find in an old textbook. How would today's students perform on this task?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Dsrussosusan/status/947536002398253056
I love the "My Favorite..." blog structure that @druinok recently used to sum up her week. One of my goals for this new year is to be more intentional with how I use my time both in the classroom and at home. I would love to set goals and follow up on them each week/month/etc in this style. Check out the rest of the post here.

Image Source: http://statteacher.blogspot.com/2018/01/myfavfriday-first-week-back.html
Looking to start a blog or try to bring new life to your blog this year? Jonathan Claydon offers some sage advice that all bloggers, from beginners to experts, can learn from.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rawrdimus/status/948752720235819008
Until next week, keep up the awesome idea sharing!

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