I love tasks which make student think and discuss. Menu Math tasks meet these criteria. I have attempted to create one myself – on Graph Theory. I am not sure if I have chosen my constraints well though?
If you want to help out, have a go at the task below, and leave a comment suggesting any changes you would make.
I was so inspired by @MrNiksMathClass square counting activity in the shape of a shark, that I decided to create my own. Each class I have used this with have loved it and learnt about like terms and square numbers.
My shape is a Stegasaurus which I have made from rhombi, so I have renamed it “Rhombisaurus”. I wonder if my students will spot the triangular numbers?
A PDF file for this worksheet and solution can be downloaded here: Rhombisaurus.
On a recent flight from Perth to Melbourne I perused the movie list and chose “Ride Like A Girl” directed by Rachel Griffiths.
I don’t intend this post to be a movie review but do yourself a favor and watch it. I’m serious WATCH IT. It is inspirational and will probably make you cry – I did!
Because the film is so inspiring I intend to show the movie trailer and part of a Sunday Night interview with Rachel Griffiths to my Mathematics classes. I have prepared a worksheet which may download here as a pdf: RIDE LIKE A GIRL.
Let me know in the comments if you think this has merit? Any other comments……
Originally sourced from Maths300 this activity is great for getting students up and moving. I quite often run this in the first week of school and get students to introduce themselves to their classmates if they are new faces.
I give each student a number (it is usually easier if they are printed on paper) 1….24, and then have them all stand in a confined open area and group themselves into a pair that add up to a square number. If you dont have an even number, include yourself, or create invisible friends (ie stick the number to the wall). The lowest number of students I would use would be 18. Hopefully, it doesnt work the first time and so you get them to repeat a couple of times.
Then, stop students and discuss strategies/issues eg who does 8 have to go with?
The use of literacy tasks in Mathematics classes is often met with opposition from both students and teachers. In fact, as a student, I would try to avoid writing tasks as much as I could despite being a keen reader.
I now find as a teacher that:
I have a duty to help develop a students literacy
Some literacy tasks are “fun”
Literacy tasks can enhance the teacher – student relationship.
My Year 11 Mathematical Methods class has been studying Trigonometry. As in previous years the Unit Circle has helped student’s learning a lot. Image from: https://www.mathsisfun.com/
I have set my students the task of writing a newspaper article about an event that has occurred in our class whilst learning trigonometry. Humor is encouraged! Here is my attempt: Bens cosine. (note that Ben and Len are pseudonyms)
What literacy tasks have you used in your mathematics classroom?
Games that engage student have (from my experience) a balance of skill and luck. All students should believe that they have a chance of winning. The game should involve a number of choices to be made. So here is the board and rules for “Dominotion”.
1. Ten dominoes are drawn (one at a time) from a double-15 set.
2. Players place each pair of numbers on the board. They may be horizontal or vertical with the two numbers in either order.
3. Eight dominoes are placed on the grid and two dominoes are discarded.