Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 49

## Monday, December 17, 2018

### Monday Must Reads: Volume 49

It's the LAST Monday of the semester here, and let's just say that I am ready for 3:30 on Wednesday to arrive so that I can officially be on Christmas Break. The husband has finished his finals already and is enjoying a much deserved break from grad school, so I am ready to join him in not having to set a morning alarm.

Seeing that it's a Monday, I thought I would put together a new volume of Monday Must Reads to give you some ideas to either get through the last few days of the semester or ideas to kick off the new semester once you return. These are my favorite posts of late from Twitter.

Jim Doherty poses an interesting question regarding simplifying radicals. Some great food for thought! I've always made my students write 4Sqrt(5), but I have a better understandig of what Sqrt(80) would equal. Hmmm...

I absolutely love this systems-based WODB prompt from Tori Cox.

Check out this beautiful area task from Math with P. Nik.

Mr Nik also shares a winter-themed puzzle.

Kelly Loschelder shares a great idea for multiplying polynomials involving polynomial necklaces. LOVE this idea!

Ms. Scott inspires with the simple but brilliant idea of giving students cards for voting on the answer to a problem. Why did I never think of this for function or not a function?!?

Mrs Strole inspires with this project that combines art and architecture.

DCDSB shares a creative ChristMASS problem.

How adorable are these pancake proofs from Elizabeth Nixon?!?

I love how Ms Kroeze presents compare and contrasting equations and inequalities as a battle!

Paul Jorgens shares a beautiful, Christmas-themed Desmos Marbleslides challenge.

Love tea? Check out how Amy Herzog turned a cup of tea into a math lesson.

Hymie Holmes shares some beautiful area quilts that students created.

Clemens Science inspires with three beautiful Christmas trees full of biology-themed ornaments. Beautiful!

Jen Silverman shares a great picture to use as a proportional reasoning task.

Talesha Couillard shares a similar proportional reasoning task.

Mark Kaercher adds the twist of cutting to the Quarter the Cross task. I could totally see myself laminating these and making them into Christmas ornaments!

I love this snowflake WODB task from NOMA math!

Jackie Bly shares the oh-so creative idea of having students use equations of circles and 3d printing to create custom designed bubble wands. This is the type of lesson that students would never ever forget!

I absolutely love this photo that Hedge shared of some Christmas trig artwork that she spotted in a school she was at.

Check out how Brittany Ryan celebrates student achievement in her classroom. I love the emphasis on both success on the current test and improvement over the previous test.

I love how Tony Lipscomb displays his problem of the week. I also like how there are multiple levels available to differentiate for all students.

Melissa Arsen makes the pythagorean theorem come to life by engaging students with mini golf.

Lauren shares a fun fact about balancing birds and triangle centroids.

Emily Parker shares a great image to motivate systems of equations.

Torri Martin shares a great business card/elevator pitch idea that could be applied to so many different concepts in math and non-math classes alike. I love how this activity really brought out student creativity!

Martha Mulligan shares some funny math pick up lines that her students came up with.

This temperature functions project from Cassandra Valenti looks interesting!

Phil Smith impresses with his math-y Christmas gifts.

Ethan Weker shares a WODB for exponents.

I love how this bulletin board from Elizabeth Streat embraces math vocab while recognizing all of the languages spoken by students. How cool would this be to study and examine for patterns throughout the year?!?

This exponent task from Jo Morgan is beautiful!

Jamie Back shares some awesome 3d printed vases designed by her Pre-Calc students.

Hannah shares a new-to-me math joke.

Sam Hilkey shares a new logic puzzle involving fractions.