Well, Spring Break has come and gone. Instead of spending my days hiking in the mountains and dipping my feet into a rather freezing lake, it’s time to embrace factoring polynomials. To help get back in the teaching mindset, I’m once again compiling some of the awesomeness I’ve seen recently on twitter and in my RSS reader. Be warned: this is an epic volume of Monday Must Reads due to the fact that I took a week off due to Spring Break.
Dot Talk Image
Lee C. Dawson shares an awesome image to use for a number talk/dot talk.
Math Teaches Us… Mural
Mrs. Piacente-Cimini shares a photo of an awesome hallway mural at her school.
Trig Sun Dials
Mr Winstanley inspires with an awesome trig-inspired sun dial lesson.
Transformations Bulletin Board
I absolutely love these classroom decoration pics shared by Jodie Green!
Circle Theorem Bunting Decoration
Columbus Cube Origami
Miss Green has inspired me to add “Research Columbus Cubes” to my never-ending to do list.
Volume of 3D Shapes Play-Doh Activity
Laura Goetz combines calculus with Play-Doh in an awesome lesson.
Estimating Lengths Using Integrals
Laura continues her use of non-traditional materials with this calculus lesson involving stickers and dental floss.
How Many Balloons?
Linda Antinone poses an interesting question involving a koala and balloons.
Converting Units Starter Image
Jean Annette Jones shares a photo that would be perfect for any lesson on converting units.
Jennifer Hooker inspires with an algebra-themed Graffiti Party.
Quadrilateral Graffiti Project
Shana Coker takes a different twist on graffiti in the classroom – geometry style this time.
Growth Mindset Bulletin Board
Also from Shana Coker: an awesome growth mindset bulletin board!
Trend Lines with String and Stickers
Becky Pickett shares a brilliant way to form lines of best fit using string and stickers!
Angles of Elevation and Depression with Paper Airplanes
Jennifer High shares a great way to introduce angles of elevation and depression.
Linear Inequalities with Straws
And, now I need to add striped straws to my shopping list thanks to this awesome graphing linear inequalities lesson from Jennifer High.
Shrinky Dink Geometry Lesson
Jennifer also shares an awesome geometry lesson involving shrinky dinks.
Exponent Rules with Pattern Blocks
Katie England shares an intriguing exponent task.
Natural Log Gift
Kevin Spry shares a math-y gift that I know most of my readers would love to have!
Popcorn Discussion Question
Fawn Nguyen shares an awesome visual for sparking a great discussion.
Straw and Tape Review Activity
Looking to engage students? Check out this straw and tape activity from Erin Dwyer.
Suzanne von Oy shares an intriguing book recommendation, Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty.
Multiplying Polynomials Egg Hunt
Stephanie Nichols combines polynomials with an egg-citing egg hunt.
How adorable are these inequality valentines from Daria Resnick?!?
Alphabetic Math Poster Project
Mr Stackhouse shares an awesome alphabet based math project that I am definitely stealing either for next year or for the end of this this year!
Surface Area Sculpture Project
Mr Stackhouse also shares an awesome surface area project.
Investigating Pi with Hula Hoops
Sabrina Grasso shares a brilliant use for a hula hoop while celebrating Pi Day.
Pi Skyline Artwork
I’ve seen skylines made of pi before, but Sarah Gyimoty takes it a step further with the first 180 digits of pi!
Parabola Drawing Activity
Sarah Gyimoty also shares a fun activity where students describe parabolas for the other student to draw. I always tend to forget about this powerful activity structure.
You are Not a Tree
Mr. Topp has an awesome quote on his wall that I believe deserves sharing. “If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree.”
Place the Parentheses Order of Operations Task
Carrie Persing shares an awesome order of operations task where students must figure out where to place parentheses to make true statements.
Mathematical Communication Bulletin Boards
Henrico County Math shares some great bulletin boards to improve mathematical communication.
Rounding True False Activity
I also really like this sorting task from Henrico County Math. I feel like this could be easily adapted to other math topics.
Inspiring Classroom Decor
Simon Cox shares a photo of an inspiring math classroom in Azerbaijan.
Pirate Escape Rom
Shaun Kennedy inspires with an escape room that he and a few other teachers built in his school.
Project Runway Geometry
Toni Madison took her lesson to the next level with Project Runway Geometry Edition. I love these quadrilateral inspired looks!
Straw Bridge Challenge
McSteiger Science shares several awesome projects for the STEM classroom.
Discount and Sales Tax Project
Cardboard Bridge Building Activity
Real Game of Life
Ice Rink Dilemma Project
Check out my Mathonymn.
World Compliment Day
Thanks to Christee Joesten, I now have plans to celebrate World Compliment Day next year.
Ellipse Foci Activity
Christee Joesten also shares a creative lesson for finding the foci of an ellipse.
Graphing Calculator Posters
Ms. Ferraro shares some awesome posters that every graphing calculator using math teacher needs!
Tweeting Favorite Methods
I also love this idea from Ms. Ferraro to having students justify their preferred way of multiplying polynomials.
Cake Boss Classroom Makeover
Lisa Edinger shares an inspiring photo of her sister’s math classroom which she turned into the set of Cake Boss to introduce their new unit.
Index Card Tower Challenge
Building Pythagorean Theorem Problems with Washi Tape
Mrs. Lambert inspires with the use of washi tape to create pythagorean theorem problems.
Skittles and Starbursts Systems Task
Coordinate Plane Rug
Leslie Byrd has me wondering, “How do I get myself a coordinate plane rug?”
Classifying Real Numbers with Ping Pong Balls
Colin Pettegrew shares a new-to-me visual for the real number system involving cups and ping pong balls.
Paper Challenge Pick Up Brain Break
Jennifer shares a fun, brain-break style activity that only requires some determination and a piece of paper.
Make Math Out of Your Name
Jeff Hottel shares a fun activity for the first week of school.
Jenga Tower Challenge
Jeff also shares a creative challenge involving Jenga blocks.
Mrs. G‘s radian aerobics activities makes me miss teaching trig!
Trig Identities Brown Bag Challenge
Mrs. G inspires with a brown-bag trig challenge involving trig identities.
Marshmallow Linear Data Collection
Mrs. G also shared an awesome linear investigation activity involving marshmallows.
Wall of Lies
MrsPop shares an activity called “Wall of Lies.”
End Behavior Dancing
MrsPop also inspires with end behavior dancing.
MrsPop continues her awesome twitter sharing with some parabolic curves.
Playing Card Systems of Equations Activity
Birthday Polynomials Project
Check out this awesome work on birthday polynomials from MrsPop‘s students.
Exponent Rules WODB
Greta Bergman shares a WODB for exponent rules.
Suction Ball Review Game
Mariah Bailey shares a fun review game involving a suction ball.
Vitruvian Man Activity
Kay Kubena shares a great stats activity involving da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
Hose Clamps as Manipulatives
Lana Steiner shares an awesome yet unconventional manipulative for working with circles.
Math Lesson With a Tire
Stacey Travis shares a great hands-on lesson that only requires a tire.
Pi Day Trophies
I am amazed at Lisa Rode‘s creativity in creating these Pi Day trophies.
Radius Matching Activity
Measure of Intelligence Bulletin Board
I love this bulletin board from Taylor McGaughey!
End of Year Competition
Needing some ideas to encourage your students to complete their assignments? Check out this competition from Kjersti Fried.
Counting to a Billion
I really like how Matthew Oldridge has posed this question to be multiple choice.
Playing Card Suits WODB
Simon Gregg points out that playing card suits are a natural WODB. How cool!
School Wide Pi Day Celebration
Already thinking about next year’s Pi Day celebration? Make it a school wide celebration with this idea from Pep Anton Vieta.
Systems of Equations with Swords
Madelyne Bettis encourages sword play when introducing systems of linear equations.
Mr Knowles shares another great sequence task.
Until next time, keep up the awesome sharing of ideas!