Math = Love: April 2019

## Tuesday, April 23, 2019

### Monday Must Reads: Volume 56

Yes, I know that yesterday was Monday. But, I'm reaching that point in the semester where I am in deep need of motivation and inspiration. So, I figured I should compile a new volume of Monday Must Reads - a weekly-ish round-up of Twitter awesomeness to get my brain running with new ideas. And, we'll just pretend that it's Monday, okay?

Without further ado, let's look at the awesomeness you guys have been sharing!

Gnlybe shares an awesome rubric based on Mom's fridge. LOVE this!

Katie Reneau deconstructs a Cheerios box to illustrate surface area. Brilliant!

Steven Korney shares an awesome photo from Steve Szabo's classroom of students creating human parabolas.

Megan Geltner inspires with a Pi Passport idea. Perfect if you're already thinking about how to celebrate Pi Day 2020!

Robin Kubasiak shares a great idea for combining low-tech whiteboards with high-tech Desmos.

Tori Cox had her students create their own geometric sequence puzzles in the style of Naoki Inaba. Check out his arithmetic sequence puzzles here.

Ella Hereth inspires with her faculty art submission.

Artistic skill obviously runs in the family. Check out this comic that Ella had her father draw for helping students remember the quadratic formula.

Jennifer Abel shares an intriguing peek into a self-paced fourth grade math program. Very interesting!

I love these Which One Doesn't Belong? Polynomial Puzzles created by the students of Megan Moss!

There's just something about this word wall from Tiffany Taylor's physics classroom that really speaks to me.

Want to get students engaged in trig graphing? Angela Novack gets students' attention with blood drip trig waves!

Amy Parlette shares a great way to use "Pinch Cards" in the classroom as formative assessment.

Katie Syvrud gives students some extra practice with graphing piecewise functions. It's never too early to start thinking about lesson plans for next December, right?

Check out this Parabola Potluck, too!

Paul also shares a great human sorting activity involving equivalent radicals.

I love how Amy Bowden hangs more than just one example of each function family on the wall for students to reference.

Also from Amy Bowden, check out this cool "Sticky Wall" for classifying polynomials. This could be used for so many different topics!

Do you teach calculus? Are you tired of students leaving off the plus c from their answers?

This Christmas-themed parabola activity from Math with P. Nik is too good to not share. I'm afraid if I wait until closer to Christmas that I will forget about it!

If you're too impatient to wait for Christmas, check out these elastic band puzzles.

Check out this application of ellipses and parabolas in redesigning the FIFA World Cup from St Macartans Tech Dep.

Speaking of parabolas, check out this parabola themed contest from John Eagen.

Claire Verti shares the idea of playing a life-sized game of mancala. How fun!

Jason Kissel shares a rotating practice structure for practicing with rational exponents.

Ms Aguilar shares a strategy for keeping students engaged during end of year testing and review.

Ben Kase transforms his classroom into a car dealership/bank/credit union to make math come alive.

Becca Phillips shares an awesome pi day t-shirt idea from her daughter. Sadly, 2020 doesn't appear until 7000 digits into pi...

Samantha Cruz shares some beautiful triangle mosaics!

Megan Sheffield's students impress with their projects that resulted from learning to use a compass.

Marty Cardenas shares a great graphic for explaining Desmos Test Mode to students.

Casey McTeach shares a great visual manipulative for investigating triangle inequalities.

Amie Albrecht shares an awesome linear relationship war activity.

This magnetic plicker storage idea from Victoria Saldiveri is beautiful.

My students really struggled with explicit vs. recursive formulas this year, so I'm looking forward to trying these ideas from Jessica Strom next year.

MrKitMath shares a photo of an anchor chart which his students found to be very useful.

Paula Beardell Krieg shares some origami that produces beautiful patterns with trig functions. So inspiring!

Yet another pi day idea from PGCPS Secondary Math to file away for next year! Great idea for decorating with some pi day coloring sheets.

Diane Viola shares an example of building venn diagrams with hula hoops.

L Zora demonstrates how to use manipulatives to model linear and non-linear functions.

This Desmos-based logo contest from Lukas Hopper looks fun!

Chris Ozarka shares a great idea of combining The Price is Right with calculus!

Meredith Hornsby explores equivalent fractions with different sized chocolate bars. Yummy!

Teaching logs soon? Check out this approach from Ross Andress. How would your students respond? What a memorable April Fool's Day Lesson!

Erick Lee shares an awesome functions on the floor activity. I definitely want to make some versions of this for Algebra 2 and Pre-Calc!

Dr Kristy Turner shares an idea of using tick boxes for "What if...?" questions that could be easily applied to the math classroom as well.

Dawn shares some rational graphing challenges. I love the idea of giving students different pieces of information for different challenges.

Janelle Praill shares some beautiful student artwork based on angles.

Stephanie once again shares a beautiful math-based art project to blow us all away.

Cheryl Tavernelli shares a winning entry in a Pi Day Character Contest. What would your students come up with?

I love the props for this pizza based lesson from Sarah Lombardo!

Madi Roberts shares a creative review activity for systems of equations.

Lauri Springer combines Simon Says with function types to get students up and moving in algebra class.

Ms Skudder shares some fun looking geometry projects.

Tim Wilhelm shares the brilliant idea of 3D printing compasses for dry erase boards.

Another great idea from Tim is dry erase clipboards!

And, check out this awesome photo day opportunity for Pi Day!

Solenne Abaziou shares a great image found in the wild for discussing trajectory models.

Cindy Worthington shares a great hands-on application activity for centroids of triangles. It's magic. No, it's math!

Pam Wilson always inspires with her commitment to formative assessment in the math classroom.

Geoff Wake shares some instructions for creating a fraction ruler from a Japanese textbook. My mind is officially blown.

Toby Russo shares a great image from National Geographic for sparking mathematical conversation.

Heather Kohn shares a strategy for displaying student Desmos artwork in the classroom.

Ralph Pantozzi shares an activity for helping students visualize exponential decay.

Sorry for all the Pi Day ideas. This is what happens when the last Monday Must Reads was published at the beginning of March and it's now the end of April. But, I must share this mathematician dress-up contest idea from Renita Bushell. Can you guess the mathematicians?

I love this idea of having your students crowdsource an answer key. Check out this google doc from Jorge Jacquez.

This Unit Circle Walk from Anna Vance looks like a lot of fun! I'm already thinking of ways to turn this into an activity when I teach trig next year. Maybe have rounds where students win a piece of candy if they land on a radian measure that has a sine of 0 when the music stops?

I've seen stained glass inequalities activities before but never with such a large scale. Check out this project from Rhanna Math. This would make some beautiful room decor!

David Butler steps up Panda Squares another notch by asking students to explore torus solutions.

Dana Harrington shares a WODB for polynomials.

I love how Rockstar Math Teacher decorated her cylinders for this hands-on exploration of volume of cylinders. The bright, happy colors make my teacher heart happy.

I like this introduction to proving trig identities activity from Meghan Arnold. So stealing this for next year!

Jamil Siddiqui inspires with an annual celebration of Larry Bird's Birthday in AP Calculus.

Jenna Morrison's idea to play Old Maid using inequalities is brilliant.

A secret memory potion? Check out this stats lesson from the MVHS Math Department.

Zenned Math shares a way to celebrate World Math Day. Did you even know that was a holiday?

Dorothy Nelson shares a crafty way of looking at exponentials. These would make beautiful classroom decorations!

I love how Alexia DeLuca modified the Go and Find activity featured in a previous Monday Must Reads to practice factoring/solving polynomials!

Katherine Muelling combines the fun of apples to apples with graphs and variables.

Stacy Winters offers up a great idea for getting students thinking and talking about radians.

Cindy Klages put trig to the test with a giant triangle for students to solve.

Shelby Cameron offers up an impossible challenge to give your students. Just don't tell them it's impossible! ;)

FrostMath54 shows how to use the classic cats cradle game to teach angle relationships.

Tricia Leong's students set out to figure out who killed Bugs Bunny using trig. How fun!

Marx Advincula shares the idea of using sticker polls on the first day of school. This could be useful throughout the school year as well.

Catrine's students not only designed playgrounds based on conic sections, they presented their creations to a 3rd grade class for feedback.