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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sing it, songs to teach math

Sing It – Using Songs to Teach math

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Check out my good-bye song. I will be performing for each of my classes. Warning before you watch, I CAN’T SING!

 

 

I created a mash-up of songs to say good-bye to my students.

I’ve used songs throughout the year:

  • When I taught domain and range from a number line, we sang to Beyonce’s Irreplaceable. This really helped understand negative versus positive infinity. We sang, “To the right, to the right, positive infinity is off to the right or To the left, to the left, negative infinity is off to the left.”
  • At Christmas, our math class participated in an ugly sweater party. I launched our holiday party by singing the famous Christmas classic, “Have yourself an Arithmetic Sequence.”
  • We are currently working on solving quadratic equations. I had students write their own song for the quadratic formula. First, we sang it to “Pop Goes the Weasel.” Then I played for them the following examples from YouTube.

One Direction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gwz6d9NYz0

Adele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6hCu0EPs-o

Cup Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYpPa3Jt3-I

Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqU_2y77_eI

Get Low: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzjiW50l4xg

 

  • Next, students wrote and performed their own song about the quadratic formula. There were some great performances. My top two were a group who sang to Eminem, and their song began, “If you know the quadratic formula, please stand up, please stand up.” I also had one group sing to Dean Martin’s That’s Amore

As they were working on a quadratic math lib in class today, I heard many of them humming their songs to remember the formula.

 

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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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