Friday, December 14, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Dec. 14th, 2018

There are many resources on the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC). Not only are there years of past University of Waterloo math contests, but also course work for grade 7&8 math as well as grade 12 math (with more courses and grades on the way). But the newest thing that is on the sight (or at least new to me) is an online problem set generator that allows you to choose math topics and grade levels and it will generate a problem set of questions created from old math contests. Check it out.
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https://cemc2.math.uwaterloo.ca/contest/PSG/school/index.php

I've added a new math starter to my Best of the Web page called Number Search. These are images created with pattern blocks (and other shapes) and we ask a simple question like "if the white triangle was worth 1, what other numbers do you see?". Check out other examples at the link
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https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPUhHweMG3cpSQ2CRL0scB2KtIKi2D6UFLrLtVuBNpr_z-UWsqce6nzZGmkWi5UWA?key=QlZfb2Rtd05vbXRiVklUSldiUGVTSVMxd2hINXJn

At the OAME we are trying to develop a podcast and webinar series on some of the speakers from our annual conference. We are calling it @OAMETalks and we have released our first podcast featuring @mathletePearce and @MrOrr_Geek. Check it out along with our line up at the link below
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https://sites.google.com/oame.on.ca/oame-talks

I like the treatment that @msbjacobs gives to nets. I like the idea of coming up with different nets for the same 3D shape along with looking at whether a net is possible or not. Some good examples here.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://themathguy.blogspot.com/2018/12/nets-of-solids.html
Here is a great example of a "Same/Different" for function notation from @g_brgmn. I was introduced to this idea by @saravdwerf as an example of a type of Stand and Talk.
Curriculum Tags: MCR3U, MCF3M
https://countjoy12.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/function-notation-same-different/


This site has a series of 9 videos with a financial literacy theme. They were created by the people at Just for Laughs Gags and the Centre for Educational Economics. The videos themselves are more funny than informative. But they could be used as catalysts for financial literacy conversations. Each video has educational prompts and teaching materials associated with them.
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https://moneylaughs.com

A challenge from @MrOrr_Geek. He has given you a challenge in the skeleton of a 3 Act task. He has given you the videos and some images with measurements but nothing else. No hints as to what this task could be about. Follow the link to see all the videos and get all the info and let him know what your lesson idea would be.
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https://mrorr-isageek.com/doublejenga/


Here's another starter that came from @berkleyeverett called CrossNumberPuzzles where the point is to make each row or column sum to a specific number.
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https://twitter.com/hashtag/CrossNumberPuzzle?src=hash



Friday, December 7, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Dec. 7th, 2018

Are you a math facilitator in Ontario? If so you may have been part of a virtual session this week with details on how to implement the Ministry of Ed's Focus on the Fundamentals campaign. If you missed it then you should check out their training site. There are a lot of good videos here to give more details on what the intent of this initiative is. Take a look.
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https://math.thelearningexchange.ca/training/

I don't think we can have enough visual representations of mathematics for students. This site from @BerkeleyEverett is new to me but I think it's been around for about a year. I think these kinds of visuals are not only good for students as they are learning these concepts for the first time but also for remediation in the later grades. Take a look.
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https://mathvisuals.wordpress.com/


This is an interesting take on how to deal with remediation with students from @cheesemonkeysf. Instead of working with students individually, turn the class into a community of learners with the same goal:
"I announced that our skills quiz for this unit was going to be a whole-class skills quiz, in which everybody would earn the AVERAGE SCORE of all individual quiz scores taken together."
She saw some great success. Have a read
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https://cheesemonkeysf.blogspot.com/2018/12/asking-different-question-manifesto-on.html

Here's one way that a college professor helps his students overcome math anxiety: He asks them to write about it. Thanks to @Taylored_Teach for pointing this one out.
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https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/51676/how-writing-can-help-you-overcome-math-anxiety


Math is everywhere. Even in the geometry of trying to describe smell
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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/unraveling-the-mathematics-of-smell/

I have continued to create videos on mini constructions using Desmos Geometry. This time I have added five more, each one about one of the different types of transformations that can be done. Check them all out at the link below
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://engaging-math.blogspot.com/p/desmos-geometry-videos.html

I made this quick video on creating a dynamic fraction or percent circle using a template. You can download the template here.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku6IaIAVYIM

Leave it to Jo Boaler to not only tell us how to make things engaging for students but also how to make math hated.
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https://twitter.com/joboaler/status/1070006500347666432

Here is a simple activity for dealing with composite area.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MFM1P
https://twitter.com/vaslona/status/1063504189190545408




Friday, November 30, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Nov 30th, 2018

I dare you to watch this video and not have your curiosity piqued. In it @MrOrr_Geek and @MathletePearce take one for the team to explore proportional reasoning concepts. Get the full 3Act math task at the link below.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P, MAT1L, MAT2L
https://mrorr-isageek.com/chocolate-mania/


There has been a lot of talk in Ontario lately about going back to basics. And although I don't think we have lost the basics (and what the basics actually are is a discussion on its own), I do think there is no harm in practicing basic skills beyond the grades that they are taught. In this case, I took a cue from @gfletchy who has a set of subitizing multiplication cards and built a few different versions of these array multiplication cards. This way we can continue to practice mental multiplication without resorting to memorization techniques. With these cards students can practice multiplication up to 12x12.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P, MAT1L, MAT2L
http://engaging-math.blogspot.com/2018/11/array-multiplication-cards.html

It's no surprise that I am big fan of @pgliljedahl's ideas about the Thinking Classroom. Some of the things that still perplex me are things like assessment and how to properly manage flow. Another thing is the skill of helping students take notes. In this post @PaiMath does a great job outlining what note taking looks like in the Thinking Classroom. This is part one so I assume part two will be on the way.
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http://intersectpai.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-thinking-classroom-note-taking-part.html


Thanks for pointing this out @ddmeyer
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https://twitter.com/ddmeyer/status/1067989653003788289

A few weeks ago we hosted the OAME Leadership conference in Windsor. Here is a nice summary from @MarkChubb3 that does a nice job of connecting to the Ontario math curriculum processes of Reasoning & Proving.
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https://buildingmathematicians.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/reasoning-proving/



Continuing the conversation about math for math's sake, @mathgarden has this post on Medium. One thing I really like is the play aspect of how he dealt with math at home with his daughter. I feel like this is the kind of homework that our kids need. Just to tinker with math.
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https://medium.com/@sunilsingh_42118/mathematics-waits-for-everyone-but-few-wait-for-mathematics-7095c86cda70

I think that sometimes probability gets glossed over when, in fact, I think we need to look deeper at probability as it is one of those mathematical concepts that we want our our students to have a good grasp of. How else are we to teach them of the perils of gambling and lotteries. That all being said, @mathisvisual has tried to demystify theoretical probability in this video. Go to the link below for the full breakdown.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://mathisvisual.com/probability/

If you are doing patterning and you are looking for some non mathematical patterns to have some fun with your kids with, then @Numberphile has you covered.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeGSQggDkxI

It's @DonFraser9 doing what he does best. Mixing a bit of humour and math
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https://twitter.com/DonFraser9/status/1068685234487488512




Friday, November 23, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Nov. 23rd, 2018

This week I was asked to do a day of math activities for grade 7&8 students in a school. I wanted to do activities that had definite mathematical connections but were also fun and engaging. as it turned out all I had to do was look to @DavidButlerUoA's site. He often runs these sessions called 100 Factorial and these seemed like just the kind of thing to do with these students. We did Body Scale Prime Climb (thanks to @MathforLove), Panda Squares and Quarter the Cross. But you should check out all of his 100 Factorial ideas at the link below.You (and your students) won't be disappointed.
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https://blogs.adelaide.edu.au/maths-learning/category/one-hundred-factorial/

While I was looking for activities with my grade 7&8 students I came across this nice set of activities from @nomad_penguin on classifying quadrilaterals. From simple classifying to sorting to playing guess who (and other stuff). Have fun.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
 https://amiealbrecht.com/2017/10/03/a-lesson-plan-for-quadrilaterals/






I created this activity for exploring the nature of the ambiguous case for sine law. It uses some of the Desmos geometry tools but also in the end, it also uses Challenge Creator where students create their own challenges for the rest of their classmates. This is a really good activity to have students practice the sine law.
Curriculum Tags: MCR3U, MCT4C
http://engaging-math.blogspot.com/p/desmos-activities_10.html




When I was fiddling around with solutions to Quarter the Cross, I created this dynamic sketch dealing with the area of triangles. When I first looked at it, I was surprised at how the areas stayed similar. It took me a little thinking to figure out why this happens. You can play around with the dynamic sketch at the link below.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://www.desmos.com/geometry/kuwxwcvcbg







Here's a relatively simple intro to similar triangles from @marybourassa. The thing I like about this is that it connects similar triangles to Pythagorean theorem to trig ratios. It's not that long but would be a good addition to any class doing spiralling.
Curriculum Tags: MPM2D, MFM2P
http://marybourassa.blogspot.com/2018/11/similar-triangles-introduction.html





This week we had the Ontario government had a virtual town hall on the current state of education. And @msbjacobs was there to live Tweet it. Its pretty interesting and I'm glad that he did it. Follow the whole set of Tweets here by clicking through on the link.
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https://twitter.com/msbjacobs/status/1065417401062187008

Are you interested in learning how to make dynamic constructions? Using Desmos Geometry, I started creating this one minute videos to show how to do some simple constructions. One of them is below but click on the link to see them all.
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http://engaging-math.blogspot.com/p/desmos-geometry-videos.html

Here's a cool property: Square any prime number and the answer is 1 more than a multiple of 24. So you could easily connect this to any sort of calculation practice but even better, if you are doing anything with expanding binomials, this might be an interesting context to work in that area.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM2D, MFM2P
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMkIiFs35HQ


I wanted to show a few more of the Quarter the Cross solutions that we saw this week.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P
https://twitter.com/davidpetro314/status/1064969713208446978




Friday, November 16, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Nov. 16th, 2018

So if you are like me, you consider yourself a "Sketchhead". That is, someone who builds in Geometer's Sketchpad. GSP has fallen by the wayside more recently but an online beta-test version of GSP has just been released for public consumption. You can use most of the constructions tools that you are used to having and the ability to upload and download the new GSP files (.json). You can create GSP files with custom tool sets and make them available for student use. There is also a way to upload multiple student files to one page for viewing. Thanks to @dpscher for pointing this out. Daniel says that more features and improved functionality are on the roadmap for Web Sketchpad.
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http://geometricfunctions.org/fc/tools/
This new activity from @desmos combines some of the best pedagogical and technological features they have. I think most of us can agree that kids love marbleslides. This new activity for linear relations is like marbleslides but instead of collecting stars with the marbles, they are collecting coins. And one of the things that, I think, make it better than marbleslides is that when typing an equation in marbleslides, your equation starts to graph as soon as you type it. So you can see mistakes happening on the fly. This makes it a bit easier to guess without knowing the math. Here you have to type the equation and submit it before you see it and it keeps track of the number of trials you use. Ending the activity off is a Challenge Creator so kids can create their own challenge to share with the rest of the class. Check it out.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM2P
https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/5bcdf906c1d7660b58d8b866

I had a friend of mine do a guest post on my Found Data blog. In it @virgonomic takes some data from t-shirt sales and designs from Notre Dame and collects it for analysis. It's definitely a "dirty" set of data but mostly linear and good for doing some interesting interpolating.
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U
https://found-data.blogspot.com/2018/11/notre-dame-university-shirt.html

I have finally gotten around to creating a Desmos activity using Challenge Creator. in this case it's for students to practice the sine law while also investigating the ambiguous case. Students first investigate and then do the practice.
Curriculum Tags: MCR3U, MCT4C
https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/5beceb2ea437fd5fb1ae49d0




In this post, @mathletepearce does a good job of taking a task and showing how it could be done to different depths from grade 1 all the way to grade 7. He goes in detail on the proportional reasoning and gives us examples of student work and thinking along the way.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7
https://tapintoteenminds.com/proportional-relationships-developmentally/

A neat little 3Act task from @MrOrr_Geek dealing with least common multiples. What do you notice and wonder after this first task? Follow the link for the entire task.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://mrorr-isageek.com/hour-glass-multiples/



I have mentioned @MonaChalabi before. She is the data scientist at the Guardian and does some interesting visualizations of data. Here's a series on the participation of people of colour in outdoor sports. 
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U







Saturday, November 10, 2018

Math Links for Week Ending Nov. 9th, 2017


I was fortunate enough to help organize this year's OAME Leadership conference in locally here in Windsor. We had three keynotes (@ddmeyer, @ctfosnot, @gfletchy) and a bunch of breakout sessions over a day and a half. If you are interested here is the website (which will eventually have links from many of presentations). The theme was Learning in the 21st Century and we had different perspectives on how that can be done for teachers and students. Here is the feed from the hashtag #OAMELead. There were so many quotable lines (even one by me) that I tried to compile some of them  below. Thanks to all those who filled the "back channel" (just a few from @ddmeyer, @markchubb3, @hkodai, @mrbinfeild).
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bit.ly/OAMELead2018


I brought a pile of games to the OAME Leadership conference to play in the evening and other people started to bring up other puzzles. I have to check these and you should too.
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https://twitter.com/YohakuPuzzle


There is definitely a math question in here. What question will you ask?
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https://twitter.com/mrgerberd/status/1059091555129192449

From @ddmeyer's keynote at #OAMELead. The question is: "What is the area of the shaded region?" Do this with a group of students or teachers to see the surprise. The connection could be calculating slope or rates of change on this one but I say that with no explanation :-)
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1D

Check out this fraction activity from just a few decades ago
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8


Need a real box plot? What I can't tell is whether this was taken on the inside and the box plot was drawn on the window or just drawn digitally on the image. I hope its the former
Curriculum Tags: MDM4U

Some sketchnotes from @RiversoMaria on the OAME Leadership Keynotes and a couple of the breakouts. 
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