I don’t give vocabulary assignments very often. I usually teach it as we go in context of the lesson. Every now and then front-loading vocabulary will make lessons flow more smoothly. That’s the case with our circle unit. I can’t take credit for creating this project, but I really do like it. Students have to look up the words then create a picture with circles and label each one. Once I begin the lessons on this they are already familiar with the vocab. One student ask me today if we could do this more often, “Anytime you can color in math, it’s a good day.” We actually color in Geometry often, so I guess he has a lot of good days 🙂 I’ve listed a few examples below and then attached the Slides I gave them with more examples. Use it freely and, if you want to, let me know if you do. I love it when others can benefit from something I already do.
Link to Slides for the activity prompt, vocab list and other examples.
I try not to just promote apps and websites but I found a gem for anyone wanting to create their own math content. You know how pre-created material have those fancy official looking graphs? With arrows at both ends! GraphFree.com is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Scatter plots for line of fit practice, one and two variable inequalities, any function… they all look good.
Why do I create my own content? I differentiate instruction in my classroom and I’m always needing more practice for standards. This site has been amazing for creating these resources. I’ve used them in Google docs and slide activities too. The image quality is great.
I didn’t show it on the graphs below, but you can label and number each axis. It’s very versatile.
If you try it out and like it, let me know!
To reinforce the formula for the volume of a cone, I have my students create a cone and cylinder with the same radius and height, I pop a huge bag of popcorn, then we see if 3 cones full of popcorn will fill their cylinder. I could have my students google the process of making a cone with a specific height but it takes awhile so I give them the process. If you have a few days to spend on it, having them come up with the process would be a great way to add rigor to the project. I’ve added my note sheet at the bottom that includes the process and reflection.
Popcorn Container Doc
Through #MTBoS I found a video from (insert name here when I find it again) talking about using Google in the classroom. I’m always looking for ideas I haven’t thought of before. Most of the video was reinforcement for what I already do but he did have a foldable (please comment if this is yours so I can credit you) created in Google Slides. I loved it.
I combined this foldable with a QR scavenger hunt to reinforce question prompts in quadratic word problems. This was a thinking activity for the students. They don’t usually like thinking activities. They did enjoy the QR part and I could tell by the discussions at the tables that thinking was happening. In the end, they had a resource to use while working their practice problems.
Below are the links to my files. They are set to read only so you’ll have to make a copy to use them. You will also want to make your own QR codes so students are pulling these images from your Drive. I used the goo.gl extension in my Chrome browser.
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If you use this idea please leave a comment or send me a tweet. I love to get ideas from others too!
I found this project a few years ago and I’ve had the students create them on paper. The products are always very impressive and students love the project. The original link can be found here. This year I wanted the students to create online using Google Docs and Draw. It was a little bit of a learning curve, but I like that the student used the transformation tools built into Google Docs. I’ve posted a few examples below and also my updated version of the original project I linked to above. It really helps the students visualize transformations and helps them use this vocabulary in context of their situation.
Information Sheet & Scoring Guide
Thanks to all of the teachers in the St. Joseph School District who said yes when I asked them to present!https://app.emaze.com/@ALFIOWTL/edweek-tech-showcase
This is a totally un-math related post. My daughter downloaded the iPhone app FaceQ not long ago. It was super fun creating avatars. I can’t say “use this in your classroom” because it does have profanity as some of the extra options. I’m still debating about using it for my students. It’s very easy to use and if anything, something for your personal use when you don’t want to upload an actual picture.
Here’s one of me and my teaching buddies. I put it into a collage to display. It actually creates one image that can be shared or saved to the camera roll.
This is my rendition of my 11 year old son.
Welcome to the Dog and Pony Show. For those of you who know me, you may find the humor in that statement. For those of you joining me for the first time, please don’t take offense, I say it with pride. The purpose of this blog is to share successes and failures from my classroom. I have been under the impression that no one would be interested in what I do in my classroom, but a very wise man convinced me that wasn’t the case. I hope you find something in these pages that will be useful to you in your educational journey.