Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 43

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Must Reads: Volume 43

It's Monday. It's the first full week of summer vacation. And given the fact that I know what classes I will be teaching next year (Algebra 2, Pre-AP Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus/Trig), I am in a full-on search for ideas for next year! I've previously taught both Algebra 2 and Trig, so I'm mainly on the lookout for Pre-Calc ideas. So, if you think that this post has more pre-calc resources than usual, then you're definitely right.

I hope you enjoy this look at this week's "must read" posts on twitter.



Vincent Pantaloni highlights some mathematics found on a Swiss bank note. How cool!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/panlepan/status/998149081787707392
Ed Southall shares yet another awesome geometric puzzle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/solvemymaths/status/998141675238281216
 John Rowe shares a brilliant lesson based on videos of Russian Egg Roulette.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrJohnRowe/status/998158623875317760
Teaching binary? This video of a mechanical binary counter (shared by Massimo) is amazing.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/997812559041449984
Aline Bègue-Crézé shares some awesome interactive displays involving symmetry.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/BegueAline/status/997839874639228928
I also love this self-checking activity shared by Aline. Each student in the pair gets a set of problems to solve. They must color their spiral based on their answers. When both students finish, their colored designs will match perfectly if no mistakes have been made.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/BegueAline/status/995359083581624320
Aline continues to inspire with this activity where seven poor parallelograms were brutally murdered. Students must collect clues to find the identity of the murderers.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/BegueAline/status/995614365192728578
Jennifer Fairbanks brings out the creativity in her students by including a test question that asks students to make a picture out of a squiggle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/HHSmath/status/997904855426650112
Paul Jorgens masterfully combines Fawn's classic Vroom Vroom lesson with the power of Desmos.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/pejorgens/status/997670214341820416
Paul also demonstrates the power of Desmos when combined with a WODB.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/pejorgens/status/994962246013874176
David Sladkey shares a great image of the zero product property in the wild.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/dsladkey/status/978430916455489537
Additionally, David's use of progression tables for graphing quadratics is brilliant.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/dsladkey/status/991833810210828294
This clothes pin factoring activity from Ms. Wilton looks fab!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ms_wilton6/status/839616161180430337https://twitter.com/ms_wilton6/status/839616161180430337
Ms. Kaub shares a lovely bulletin board that covers the history of math.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mskaub_hssouth/status/778319505500102656
Need a creative way to motivate solving literal equations? Check out this name project from Ms. Kaub.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mskaub_hssouth/status/778684070519726080
Nick Corrado uses popsicle sticks to create hands-on geometric proofs.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrcmhsn/status/916392476813942784
How awesome are these AP Statistics murals in the classroom of Andrew Rosenbloom?!?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/RosenbloomMath/status/877924962606104577
I've never played Words with Friends before, but I like the idea of using your name's score as part of a regression project. Check out this idea from Andrew Rosenbloom!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/RosenbloomMath/status/931151442777444352
Want to infuse some poetry into your math classroom? How about trying some Fibonacci poems like Megan A. Uken did?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Mrs_Uken/status/997182994405306368
I love this error finding task involving the unit circle from Ms. K!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/KowalskiPreCalc/status/953082131067973632
Kerri Homan inspires with a math-themed Christmas craft. It's never too early to start thinking about how you will celebrate this year!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CalculusHoman/status/809162908546531329
This activity from MrsG looks like a lot of fun for trig students. Will your students save the Unit Circle?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/kgerdeshhs/status/979402120297369600
Mrs. Stelzer shares some impressive student work. Wow. Just wow.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/TheCalcoholic/status/980866974375870464
Scott Block inspires with this project where students tell their stories using vectors.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrblock_/status/996820454978588672
This vector racing activity (part of a larger BC Calculus Olympics) from Linda Schmidt looks awesome.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/LindaMSchmidt6/status/730776586409103360
Chop sticks and post-it notes in math class? Check out this calculus lesson from Maria Hernandez!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mathmodeling/status/981648729810841600
Valerie Capps encourages students to reflect on what they have learned about the unit circle by having them write haikus.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/valerie_capps/status/649259632565841920
Another inspiring idea from Valerie: students design a nameplate or name sign for teachers in the school. Each letter of their last name is represented by an equation that equals that letter. Each student is assigned a different teacher. From reading some other tweets, it appears that this has become a tradition that is looked forward to every year. One counselor at the school tweeted that she had waited 3 years to receive her sign!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/valerie_capps/status/996812847895252993
Ms. Peterson combines art with parent functions for a fun day in class before break.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/epetersonwinch/status/931563352765227008
Mr. Guzik shares a real-world application of trigonometric graphs.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/PHSCalculus/status/968622536169697282
Steve Mancuso shares the results of a fun-looking probability project.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CIPLCSupt/status/996028444914999296
I love this paper-based lesson on exponential functions from Darcie.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/baneteach/status/818495189178318848
Divya Kaushal's students went all-out with this solid of revolution project.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Kaushcalc/status/867088774332854272
I also love how Divya had students write Thanksgiving themed related rates problems!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Kaushcalc/status/931629719765872640
Lynn Kazda shares a simple way to put a smile on students' faces on test day!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MsKazda_math/status/793796125853495296
I've done a 2-D version of this lesson with towers drawn on paper, but I love the idea of illustrating mean as an equal stacking with 3-D manipulatives. Thanks Mrs. Freeland for sharing the awesome idea!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/FreelandMath/status/836308874005184512
Love looking at how the students of Jolene Shotwell brought quadratic equations to life!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/JoleneShotwell/status/865602082216267776
These calculus volume projects by the students of Meghan Arnold are gorgeous!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsArnoldPlus1/status/997566358157225984
This survival of the fittest activity from Pamela J Burleson looks interesting!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/FHSBurleson/status/788194776478720001
Image Source: https://twitter.com/FHSBurleson/status/787061666911510530
Also from Pamela, check out this awesome visual for exponential functions.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/FHSBurleson/status/838846627553161216
Rebecca Swanson demonstrates that writing belongs in more than just English class.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/doesmathforfun/status/995945529011040256
Check out this mini learning gallery from the classroom of Rebecca Swanson.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/doesmathforfun/status/966597802544398337
Nellie Dawson demonstrates the power of puns in the classroom.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/NellieTeaches/status/991730244502589441
I love Ms. R's idea of making pi necklaces on Pi Day!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MsRuffini/status/976628757594218496
Have your students learned how to give an asymptote high five? Check out this video from SHS Math Department!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SHS_MathDept/status/997469330630733825

Aran Glancy shares a math-ified photo of Minneapolis.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/aranglancy/status/997255044327231488
Damion Beth shares some awesome locker signs to pump students up for AP Stats testing.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DamionBeth/status/997092594567041024
Angie Daughtrey shares a creative student project that will have you bursting into song.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/adottree/status/997302631826632706
Tammy Casey showcases some beautiful string art.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/tcaseylp/status/997432222717218816
Every year, Mary Williams amazes me with her themed review days for state testing.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/merryfwilliams/status/997269356806537217
Kristen Fouss shares a quick and easy way to gather end-of-year feedback.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Fouss/status/996785725168373760
Lisa Richardson has got me thinking that I need to start planning outfits around activities in class.  Of course, I don't know if I could compete with this adorable activity!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CBHSRichMath/status/996877432132132865
Deb Bulin inspires with a geometry project involving kite flying.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DebBulin/status/996846506996051968
Jae Ess shares a beautiful slope display created by her students.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/jaegetsreal/status/996847215674122240
Sophie Kasahara has students create posters to wrap up their week of inspirational math. Love the reminder that these posters will serve to students!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SophieKasahara/status/907309525618892806
I'm not entirely sure what's going on, but this activity from Beatriz Nino has me mesmerized.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Beatriz_Nino/status/995999519279108097
Nicole Ayers has students interact with some real-world (and very depressing) data.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/bqrubberchicken/status/996531107574185984
Howie Hua shares some sage teacher wisdom.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/howie_hua/status/996486442132979712
Ryan White shares a simple but effective probability warm-up.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rwhite_teacher1/status/996018808656625664
Paul Smith shares a creative set of volume problems.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/drpas1001/status/995968446520274945
Stephanie MacKay makes sure you know you're entering a math classroom right away. Love it!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mackay_steph/status/852537248750817280
I am continually amazed at what students come up with when assigned a Wheel of Theodorus (or Spiral of Pythagoras) project. Check out this work from the students of Martin Joyce!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/martinsean/status/995415096183541761
Wendy Bartlett shows the application of quadratics in relation to golf.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/webteachmath/status/995463841696894976
Christopher Klerkx shares some student work that will make you think!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ChrisKlerkx/status/995147230993616896
I love this beautiful math goals display from Renee Chipman!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/fortunatein5th/status/988117273511510017
Tina McNally shares a Teacher Appreciation idea that is both cute and heartfelt. Maybe I will have my students make bouquets for each teacher next year? Hmmm...

Image Source: https://twitter.com/TinaMcNally5/status/994975285119463424
Julia Anker's combination of tracing paper and the unit circle is pure brilliance.

Image source: https://twitter.com/AnkerMath/status/994983087686602752
Props in math class make any lesson better. Check out cLarsen's use of her daughter's clothes to illustrate combinations.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/maeputt/status/995067029810905089
Annie Giercyk shares a creative way to practice finding the area of a trapezoid.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MsGiercykBASD/status/986720537190850567
Happen to be teaching the surface area of cones on wacky hair day? Then, Roy Tomlinson has an idea for you!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/roy_tomlinson/status/912086030626439169
Not so lucky to have those two very specific events collide? Here's another lesson idea from Roy that can be used any day. Do you think that you could tell the difference between a brown M&M and a colored M&M without looking?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/roy_tomlinson/status/927688972548972544
Patrick Flynn shares a great notice/wonder image for properties of logs.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/TIFlynNspire/status/992077919974510592
This fractional exponents/radicals exploration activity from Mark Kaercher is truly a beautifully structured lesson.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/shskaercher/status/991832528716779520
Are your seniors contemplating a prank? Have them do the math to find the cost! LOVE this idea from Stephen Dull!

Image source: https://twitter.com/thedullguy/status/995008202054995968
Working with parallel and perpendicular lines? Prof Maths suggests having your students make some Mondrian artwork.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/profMathsArques/status/929993326153134080
James Edstrom helps students keep their parent functions separated in their minds by creating a family album of sorts.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/edstrom_james/status/747495799630663681
James also shows that Play Doh has a place in the secondary classroom.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/edstrom_james/status/830183270105092096
Image Source: https://twitter.com/edstrom_james/status/913062735855980544
Image Source: https://twitter.com/edstrom_james/status/918858519897673728
Image Source: https://twitter.com/edstrom_james/status/985998577854971904
Carolyn Lantos shares a Thanksgiving-themed system of inequalities.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CarolynLantos/status/931235000086757376
Laura Frcka shares a new-to-me idea for Pi Day: pin the radius on the circle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrsfrcka/status/841762713139322884
Marianna Jennings shares a Valentine's STEM project.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Mjennings2015/status/963816041062322176
Peg Cagle shares an exploration involving Zometool (affiliate link).

Image Source: https://twitter.com/pegcagle/status/994814206640820225
I continue to be amazed by the development of this space-filling project by David Butler.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DavidKButlerUoA/status/994839186023895045
Until next week, keep sharing your awesome ideas!

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