mathland

Mathland

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Teacher Directions: 

  • Take colored pieces of paper and lay them around your classroom. I used red, yellow, blue, green, orange and yellow and this is the order I laid them out. Choose a pattern and keep it throughout the room.
    • Teaching Note:  I had different pathways but it was confusing to students. I changed my papers to only travel one path in my classroom.

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  • On white pieces of paper, have the four math operations (plus, minus, times, and divide).
    • Teaching Note: You only need one copy of each. Spread these out amongst the colored sheets.
  • On the first paper, write start. On the last paper, write finish.
  • Deck of cards, You need to have the four operation symbols + colors of paper on the ground in the card deck for the game.
    • Teaching Note: I used the google documents playing card template to make my deck.
  • To mark the game board, use things already in your room. (stapler, tape, pencil, cups, etc.) Teaching Note: You need enough for each group to have one.
  • Place students into groups of 3-4.
  • Give students a problem set. You could share a Google Document with them, give them a worksheet, assign them problems from their book, hang problems on the wall, etc.)

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Student Directions: 
  • Solve a problem.
  • Check it with your teacher.
  • Draw a card from the deck and move the appropriate amount of spaces.
  • Repeat previous steps until you finish.

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sum it - a quadratic activity

Sum it – solving quadratic activity

We are beginning our ABC countdown tomorrow with Aloha day. I am trying to create a new activity for each day to celebrate our last few days together.

Tomorrow students are going to participate in an activity titled Sum It.

Teacher Directions: 

  • Place students in groups of 4.
  • Assign each student a letter (A – D).
  • Hand out the first problem set.

 

Student Directions: 

  • Solve the problem that corresponds to your letter.
  • Add all of your solution together.
  • Check your solution with your teacher.
  • Repeat previous three steps until you have finished all 7 problem sets.

I will have a prize for the first team to finish. Maybe I will bring some pineapple!

Once students are finished, they are going to complete a sort for solving by factoring versus solving using the square root method. One problem on the sort has solutions that are decimals which will lead to the quadratic formula on Friday.

 

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Head’s Up Vocabulary


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  • Type out vocabulary words for current unit, one per page.
  • Copy enough for each group of two students to have a copy.
  • You can have the students split their vocabulary list. I could hold the words up first and my partner can give me clues. Once I am out of words, we switch roles. Otherwise, you can have each student do the entire list. I hold all the words up, my partner gives me clues. We shuffle our vocabulary words and switch roles.

 

 

Student Directions:

  • Hold one vocabulary word up to your head.
  • Your partner needs to give you clues until you say the word.
  • Place another word to your forehead and repeat the first two steps.

 

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The Amazing Egg Hunt

I don’t know about you but I have a birthday week! Who wants to celebrate for just one day?
So why just celebrate each holiday for one day, if at all, in your classroom. I celebrate each one for a school week with activities planned for each day. I make sure to advertise the activities to pump the students up.
Students have come to enjoy this tradition. I hear “I love this class” frequently as students enter the room to see what event we have planned for the holiday.
At Christmas, we had an ugly holiday sweater to wrap up the week. Students rewrote Christmas carols to include math learned during first semester. I never ask them to do something I wouldn’t. I sang the carol which I’m sure you’ve heard of it, it’s the famous, “Have yourself an Arithmetic Sequence.”
I have some great activities planned for Easter.
  • The Great Egg Hunt
  • Minute to Win It Games
  • Egg Toss
  • Build a Bunny
  • Easter Egg Basket – Fill It Up
  • Easter Card

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Directions for The Great Egg Hunt:

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic Easter eggs.
  • Problem set
  • Sharpie or Pen to write on eggs.

Teacher Directions:

  • Set of problems to place in Easter Eggs – have one for each group.
    • Note – I am going to number each problem and number the egg. If students have clue #1 but find egg #4, they will know they aren’t correct.
  • Write a clue for each egg.
  • Make copies of the clues and cut them apart.
  • Hide each egg where the clue leads.
  • Prize for the winner of the great egg hunt (Optional).
  • To begin the great egg hunt, give each group a different clue
  • Place students into groups of 3-4.

Note, I will have students race with a personal whiteboard, marker and eraser.

Student Directions:

  • Get a clue from your teacher.
  • Decipher the clue.
  • Find the egg, open the egg, complete the problem in the egg. Place the egg back where you found it.
  • Return to your classroom for your next clue.
  • Repeat the previous steps.

Problem Set for my Egg Hunt:

  1.   4x3 – x
  2.  9p – 3pq -6n + 2nq
  3. 6a2 – 9ab – 15b2
  4.  15r3 + 20r2s – 20rs2
  5. x3y – xy + 5x2y – 5y
  6.  42x3 + 68x2 + 16x
  7.  3xy2 – 27x3
  8.  18x – 8x3

Clues for my egg hunt:

  1. We have a big field trip coming up. Your egg is by the board where there would be information for team 8A.
  1.  This is the door that I enter to come into work every day!  Find your next egg here.
  2. Are you tired from walking? Find your egg where you could stop to rest in the hallway.
  3.  Oh man you lost your favorite pencil pouch. Find your next egg where you might be able to recover it!
  1.  Find your next egg near the electrical closet closest to us.
  1.  Find your next egg by door #32 – 6 * (1xy)0
  1.  I’m sooooo hungry and can’t wait until lunch. Find your next egg where I could find a snack.
  2.  Find your next egg by the board for team 8b.
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Full Size Formulas

When I begin teaching any new lesson, I always think about how I can make it more interactive and engaging for students. When using formulas such as the slope formula or the quadratic formula, I often have students lose negative signs. I developed activities so this no longer happens!

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When I used to teach the quadratic formula, I used color in ax2 + bx + c = 0 for a, b and c. I used a different color for each. Then I would use the same colors in the quadratic formula. I still had some students that didn’t follow this even using the colors. This reach more of my students than without color but it didn’t reach them all.

As you can tell from my other posts, I enjoy games; however, they aren’t always the best way to introduce a topic. I needed a way to make the quadratic formula more engaging. I blew it up and laminated it. I enlarged two copies of the same quadratic equation.

Now, students could physically cut out A, B, and C in standard form and place it on the appropriate spot on the quadratic formula. I had two copies of the same quadratic equation since we need A twice.

Next, we used dry erase markers and wrote the equation that was left.

Finally, we discussed how to simplify the quadratic formula.

Video of lesson: http://https://youtu.be/cpkB1IFGetw

I did the same with the slope formula and had students no longer lose the subtraction sign when they are finding the difference between the x-coordinates and y-coordinates.

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How to play Monomial!

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I love card games, really all games. I grew up playing Euchre and now enjoy playing crazy 8’s, Uno and Go Fish with my kids. I modified the game Uno to play with polynomial vocabulary.

Here are the rules to the game:

  • Put students into groups of 2-4.

Deal 5 cards to each player – if using groups of 3 or 4. Deal 7 cards to each player     if using groups of 2.
Give each group a different colored deck (if possible).

Materials Needed:
Monomial Deck – Available in our classroom games https://themathmentors.mykajabi.com/p/favorite-classroom-games


Ways to use the Game:

  • Warm-up – Students enter class and play a hand of monomial madness
  • Exit – Before they can leave class, they play one hand of monomial madness
  • Monomial Madness – In honor of March Madness, we had a tournament in class. I had a winner’s bracket and loser’s bracket. We played monomial in groups of two. The winner stayed in the winners bracket, the loser of the first game went to the loser’s bracket. We used double elimination. I had prizes for the top three finishers for each class. Once students were eliminated, they played against other students who had been eliminated.