Math = Love: Five Things Friday: Volume 20

Friday, July 13, 2018

Five Things Friday: Volume 20

How is it already Friday once again?!? This summer is FLYING by! Here's a small peek into what I've been up to of late.

1. I went to my second ever footy game. And by footy, I'm referring to Australian Rules Football. Before this, my only ever footy experience was watching my brother-in-law play a game in Australia. But, Shaun discovered that Tulsa has an AFL team known as the Tulsa Buffaloes. Since we've moved much closer to Tulsa, it's much more convenient for us to go and watch them play. We had a lot of fun watching them play. Though, I will admit that I did get a little bored during the second half and started focusing more on my kenken book than the game...

2. The hubby and I have been playing quite a few board games and card games of late.

After talking about Prime Climb (affiliate link) at Math Teachers' Circle, I realized that Shaun had never played despite the fact that we own a copy of the game! This was quickly remedied by him winning ALL three rounds that we played!

Next, we tried a game that was new to both of us: Mille Bornes (affiliate link). This is a card game that I picked up at a garage sale last weekend for only one dollar. "Mille Bornes" is french for "1000 Miles." The goal of the game is to lay down cards to represent exactly 1000 miles. You can prevent the other player/team from laying down mileage cards by causing them to have an accident, run out of gas, etc. The rules were a bit complicated to learn, but Shaun and I really enjoyed playing it once we learned how it worked.

Wednesday night, I challenged Shaun to a game of Hedbanz (affiliate link). I picked this up at a thrift store months ago with the intention of possibly using the head bands from the box in my classroom with some math versions of the game that I had intentions of creating. Well, that still hasn't happened yet. The game box said it was appropriate for ages seven and up, but as two adults we found the game to be super tricky! Maybe we're just bad question askers/guessers...

3. Even though the house we bought is much bigger than the house we were previously renting, organization is still proving to be an issue. As a result, I had to turn to Amazon to purchase some organization solutions. In the past week, I have purchased two 18 inch over the door organizers from ClosetMaid to bring both our pantry and our bathroom closet to order. I feel like just adding these two shelving units to the doors has more than doubled the storage space in each of these areas! Maybe after I get some more organizing done, I'll feel comfortable showing you what my cabinets and closets actually look like inside!

4. I recently marked an important task off my summer to do list. I got new glasses! 

5. Tuesday, I had the privilege of spending the day with Shelli at an EngageOK workshop. My favorite part of the workshop was a sorting activity where we looked at student responses to a common formative assessment. Our group had to decide how to sort the responses.

We decided on three piles: ????, Misconception, and Correct. 

I also enjoyed watching my group explore Liar's Bingo. I have experienced this activity twice as part of Math Teachers' Circle, so I tried my best to keep my mouth shut about how the activity worked. I'm looking forward to using this "magic trick" in my classes somehow. You can download your own set of Liar's Bingo Cards here


  1. Sarah, I love your blog and I'm so sad you will not be teaching Algebra I as you are my go-to blogger!

    Do you have any recommendations for intervention? I also teach Pre-Algebra and will be teaching an intervention class for students who need extra support. Do you know of any bloggers or great books? Thanks in advance!

  2. I ABSOLUTELY love your #5 idea! I help with Algebra 2 test writing and I am always looking for new ideas on how to evaluate what happened on tests. Thank you for sharing!

  3. My goodness, my brothers and I played Mille Bornes non-stop back in the 70s... thanks for the blast from the past!