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This week marks my school’s last full week of school before fall break. I’m looking forward to the chance to take a bit of a break from the daily grind of school and reflect on what is working well and what isn’t working at all.

Today, as I do almost every Monday, I’m sharing great ideas I have seen on Twitter and various math-y and science-y blogs over the past week or so. Enjoy reading about some great ideas!

Book Recommendations

@druinok shares a great list of must-read books for math teachers on her blog this week. Want proof that the list is a good one? I’ve purchased three of these books (out of five) in the past based on her recommendation!

How Long is the Test?

Adam Cross shares a great answer to a commonly asked question that all teachers should have up their sleeve!

2 Truths and a Lie Gallery Walk

Sally Cosgrove turned the 2 Truths and a Lie template that I shared into a gallery walk activity. LOVE it!

National Taco Day System of Equations

Lori Gaudreau combined dry erase pockets with a fun activity for National Taco Day!

MATH = LOVE RECOMMENDS…

I cannot imagine teaching math without my dry erase pockets! They instantly make any activity more engaging and save me countless hours at the copy machine since I can use the same class sets of copies year after year.

Here are my current go-to recommendations:

Tongue Rolling Data Collection

Maya Maroun shares an easy way to up the engagement in math class. Take an example from the textbook and replace it with your own data!

Physics Review Cards

Sumiyya Iqbal shares a photo of physics equation review cards created by a student. Love the use of color with a purpose!

Arrows for Interactive Notebooks

David Chalk shares some awesome interactive notebook ideas using arrows. Seriously, you have to click through to this tweet to watch the video!

Density Activity

Joe Cossette has blown my mind with a creative way to measure volume displacement. This video is also worth a click through!

Closer to 0 or 10?

Lana Pavlova poses an interesting question to her students. I wonder how my students would respond…

Mini Poster Presentations

Jen Winne has her science students create mini poster presentations over topics. I love how the use of laminated folders and post-it notes makes this a reusable activity!

Atomic Models with Cereal

Steph Hoover combines cereal with science to create atomic models. Fun!

Inequalities Foldable

Mr. Fredericks took an idea from my blog and made it a million times better. I love how he has students write the inequalities BOTH ways! Stealing this idea for next year!

Finger Grab Brain Break

Mr. Fredericks also shares a fun brain break to use in the classroom.

Measuring Speed Activity

Jonathan Ackley gets his students measuring speed in what is possibly the most fun way ever.

Chemistry Ceiling Decorations

David Bushdiecker inspires with his awesome room decor hanging from the ceiling!

Number Tricks

Alex Adams turned Dan Meyer’s number tricks into an awesome notebook page.

Slope Cheer

Jackie Stone shares a fun cheer for learning slope. Click here for the video!

Lewis Structures with Pretzels and Candy

Destinee Johnson makes me excited to teach about Lewis structures later in the year!

Which Expression is Bigger?

Cassandra Valenti sparks great conversation in class with an interesting exponent prompt.

Solving Equations with Cups and Cubes

Academic Coaches shares a great way to visualize solving equations using cups and cubes.

Flowers of Life Projects

Miss French shares the final results of a beautiful geometry project titled “Flowers of Life.”

Centroid Construction Quiz

Teach geometry? How would your students do on Halcyon Foster‘s Pass or Fail Centroid Construction Quiz?

Dry Erase Football

Jennifer Lastowski makes practicing solving equations fun with a game of dry erase football. Also, I love the hashtag posted above her dry erase boards!

INB Supplies for New Students

Elissa Miller shares a great tip for those who do interactive notebooks in their classrooms. Have a bag of supplies ready for that random new student who joins your class part way through the year.

Statistics Olympics

Ashley Sergi makes z-scores fun by hosting a statistics olympics in her classroom.

Accuracy vs Precision

Michelle Vanhala put herself in a place of danger to illustrate the difference between accuracy and precision.

Fair or Not Fair?

Richard Cannon demos a fun way to discuss whether a game is fair or not.

Until next week, keep up the great sharing of ideas!