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!

Teaching calculus and need an idea to make related rates come alive? Andrew Wille has you covered.

Cass Lowry shares an interesting puzzle from AAMT2017 that only requires the use of five digits.

You also need to check out this idea by Cass Lowry. Act out the Bridges of Konigsberg problem using plastic cones!

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.

Mark Kaercher combines straws and fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners) to create a giant sierpinski pyramid. How awesome is this?!?

Mark posts some great illustrated instructions for doing this yourself below:

Jen Winne inspires with the idea of including lab-based questions on tests. This is #scienceteachergoals.

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.

Liz Mastalio makes brilliant use of a highlighter when teaching solving systems by substitution.

Another great math teacher hack from Liz Mastalio: print tasks involving graphing ON graph paper.

Ms. Kuney shares the results of what looks to be a fun holiday-themed systems of equations project.

Mark Chubb poses an interesting problem involving the area of concentric circles.

Ilona Vashchyshyn shares a winter-themed WODB problem.

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.

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?!?