Math = Love: Monday Must Reads: Volume 22

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Must Reads: Volume 22

Happy Monday! I absolutely adore the time I spend each week putting together new volumes of Monday Must Reads. Throughout the week, I stumble on so many great ideas on twitter, and I always make sure to hit the like button. But, I find that by the end of the week, I've already forgotten these awesome ideas. The act of going through my likes once per week and summarizing them in this manner is a great time for reflecting on what I would like to change in my classroom/do in the future.

Here are this week's Must Reads!



Dave shares some fun Christmas activities which practice transformations. These are adorable and make me wish I was teaching geometry so I could use them. He has graciously uploaded the files on TES to be downloaded for free!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/d_e_humpty/status/939519892256157696
Teaching calculus and need an idea to make related rates come alive? Andrew Wille has you covered.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/afwille/status/931192948179505154
Cass Lowry shares an interesting puzzle from AAMT2017 that only requires the use of five digits.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/cass_lowry/status/884962749037420545
You also need to check out this idea by Cass Lowry. Act out the Bridges of Konigsberg problem using plastic cones!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/cass_lowry/status/934903489980805120
Jzitzka offers up a new-to-me activity for practicing combining like terms. I used to love the dot game as a kid, so I can see my students really getting into this. A quick google search shows that this activity can be downloaded here.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/jzitzka/status/939257649404751872
Mark Kaercher combines straws and fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners) to create a giant sierpinski pyramid. How awesome is this?!?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/shskaercher/status/939206983676317697
Mark posts some great illustrated instructions for doing this yourself below:

Image Source: https://twitter.com/shskaercher/status/939197972176429058
Jen Winne inspires with the idea of including lab-based questions on tests. This is #scienceteachergoals.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/biobythemathmom/status/939231010109173761
Amanda Atkinson shares some ideas for engaging students after finishing an assessment. The Star Wars System of Equations Problem was featured in last week's volume of Monday Must Reads. The Compound Inequalities Treasure Hunt is a new one for me. I found a version online here. I'll definitely be adapting this for my inequalities unit next year. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/alstechs/status/939241858395492352
Liz Mastalio makes brilliant use of a highlighter when teaching solving systems by substitution.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissMastalio/status/939200752928641025
Another great math teacher hack from Liz Mastalio: print tasks involving graphing ON graph paper.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MissMastalio/status/938479483362971648
Ms. Kuney shares the results of what looks to be a fun holiday-themed systems of equations project.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mskuney_math/status/939200169832312833
Mark Chubb poses an interesting problem involving the area of concentric circles.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MarkChubb3/status/938901221590564864
Ilona Vashchyshyn shares a winter-themed WODB problem.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/vaslona/status/939132644159188992
Amie Albrecht shares a great activity for sparking discussions regarding vertical alignment. We need to be aware of what students are doing before they enter our class and what they will be doing after they leave our class.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/nomad_penguin/status/938927280520249344
I've blogged before about using Panda Squares with my students. But, how did I not know that David Butler had also created Panda Cubes?!?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DavidKButlerUoA/status/938970471395074049
Halcyon Foster shares a holiday-themed brain teaser. I always find these kinds of puzzles to be a bit tricky! Be sure to check out the other Mathvent postings here!


Image Source: https://twitter.com/halcyonfoster/status/938963147808948225
Inspired by the puzzles I've been typing up for my classroom, Sarah Witt has started to do the same. Check out this awesome puzzle from Jumbo Book of Puzzles: The Ultimate Collection that Sarah typed up! She has uploaded the file here for you to download and print for your classroom.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/ms_witt/status/938513510958592006
Until next week, keep sharing!

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