I wanted to make a quick post to remind my future self how the Mathalicious lesson Cheese that Goes Crunch went this school year & how I should adapt it for the future. The purpose of this activity is to have students develop a method to relate cheesiness to the non-cheesy portion of a crunchy … Continue reading I Cannot Think When Cheetos are Present
After sharing this activity on last nights Global Math Department meeting (recording here), I thought I should also post it here. I came across the Pop Box Design task developed by Timon Piccini and knew it would be a good fit for my students. My students needed to understand surface area, not just be able to … Continue reading Introducing Surface Area with Pop Box Design
I adapted Jeff De Varona's Diamond Building lesson into a 3-act task, but instead of having act 3 be a reveal of the actual height, I had students calculate the height a second way to confirm their results. It took 2 short class periods (about 40 mins each) with my struggling students, but it may be able to be … Continue reading The Diamond Building
Since today was the first day back after spring break, I thought I'd remind them of volume in an effective and engaging way while incorporating PrBL and the SMP's. It was a great activity.
Our state testing starts tomorrow, I had a lot of goals I wanted to communicate to students before they jumped into these assessments: Remind students that they are capable of solving problems, even when it has not been explicitly taught. Intro to surface area, its coming up soon. Build, confidence, success and curiosity about mathematics. … Continue reading Day 117: File Cabinet! Finally! fun!
There are too many projects that I want to incorporate for teaching surface area and volume. I'm not sure yet how to pick and choose and adapt to best meet my students needs. Please share other good projects in the comments! I am writing this blog post as a way to list options for future … Continue reading I want more time!!! Surface area & volume projects galore!
A member of our school board came in to observe unexpectedly today & I appeared to know what I was doing! Differentiating, students discussing! Whew.