Math = Love: April 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday Must Reads: Volume 40

Happy Monday! It would be a happier Monday if I hadn't managed to come down with my third cold of the school year, but I am excited about the fact that after today there are only two Mondays left in the school year! As I do almost every Monday, here is a collection of my favorite finds on Twitter for the week. I've deemed these my "must reads."

Vincent Pantaloni shares an awesome geometric, loop-making puzzle.

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I love looking at the probability carnival games created by Megan Kleinkort's classes!

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Andrea inspires with some paper-based fractals.

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I wish I could see the world through Simon Gregg's eyes. Check out this awesome WODB.

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Kathy Henderson shares a photo of some awesome tessellating gummy bears that a student found.

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I should be teaching trig next year, so I'm excited to see these posters for proving trig identities from Mr. C. Martinez.

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Robert Teseo motivates probability with a fun activity involving m&ms.

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Check out these Pascal's triangles colored by Kristen Fouss' students in mod 5!

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Smiley face stickers and zombies?!? Check out this awesome lesson from Rachael Gorsuch that simulates disease spread and the logistic function.

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Rick Barlow shares an inspiring classroom activity structure involving agree, disagree, unsure.

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Jackie Mariscal inspires with a fun game of spoons to master the unit circle.

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I love when teachers share their favorite tasks/questions. Check out this systems of equations task from Tiffany McGuire.

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Michael Moore uses a spinner to motivate writing an equation of the line that goes through two points.

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Until next week, keep sharing your awesome ideas! 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Five Things Friday: Volume 16

It is FINALLY Friday. This is important because the last two days have felt like they should be Fridays, but they sadly weren't! To celebrate the end of the week and the fact that I only have 12 more days of school this year, here are five things I've been up to lately!

1. I finally got the chance to use my new baguette pan (affiliate link) I purchased a few weeks ago at a thrift store! I tried my hand at making French bread for the first time. The bread was super-tasty, but I could definitely work on making the end product prettier!

2. We've been enjoying the Cover Me puzzles from MathsPad as warm-ups in my Math Concepts class. If you don't have a Mathspad subscription, you can still access the Addition, Multiplication, Multiplying Terms, and Exact Trig Values puzzles for free.

3. I had to un-decorate my room for the ACT test, so all of my posters have returned to their summer homes in pouches that are each labeled and stored alphabetically in a file cabinet until I re-decorate my room in August. Each year, I go through my drawer of posters and pull out the ones that best fit the classes I'm teaching that year. Organization makes my heart happy.  

4. One of my students was so distraught that her friend was absent one day that she created a replacement for him from a hoodie and balloon. She even went as far as putting his name on their group project!

5. I got to give the Simplifying Radicals Dry Erase Work Mats I created last year another spin. We used them to structure our working as we competed in pairs to play Surds Connect 4 from JustMaths.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Deal Alert: Dry Erase Pockets

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  

One of my favorite classroom tools is the dry erase pocket. Dry erase pockets are one of the easiest ways for teachers to save paper and quickly make interactive, reusable activities for their classrooms. I have several sets of 9" x 12" dry erase pockets that fit 8.5" x 11" paper and a set of 11" x 17" dry erase pockets that hold 11" x 17" cardstock for larger, group activities.

Amazon currently has an awesome deal on their 9" x 12" dry erase pockets!  As of the time of this posting, they are only $4.99 for a set of 15.  This makes them just over 33 cents each.  I have NEVER seen them this cheap before!  The only caveat is that they are an Add-On Item. This means that you must buy $25 of other Amazon merchandise to receive them at this price.

I honestly believe that every classroom needs a set of these!  My students are willing to take much bigger risks with a dry erase marker in their hand than they will with pencil and paper.  Plus, these make it so easy for me as a teacher to produce quality, reusable activities in almost no time at all.  I spend less time at the copy machine, and my students are engaged throughout the class period.

The possibilities for using these are endless.  You can print any activity, slide it inside, and be ready to go.  Here are a few ideas for using them if you need some convincing.

Hidden Equation Puzzle

Arrows Puzzle

Graphing Linear Inequalities Work Mat

Maximize the Sum Puzzle

That's Logical Puzzles

Translating Algebra Fly Swatter Game

Translating Algebra Dry Erase Mat

Using Dry Erase Pockets for Notebook Checks

Roll a Number Dice Activity

Venn Diagrams

Periodic Table of Mistakes

Identifying Outliers

Can You Level the Towers?

Simplifying Radicals Work Mat

Farkle Score Sheets

Make a Million Activity

Nine Dots Puzzle

Predicting Products of Chemical Reactions

Practicing Finding Domain and Range From a Graph