# Monday Must Reads: Volume 38

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Some weeks, I can’t wait to compile my Monday Must Reads post. Other times, like today, I realize that Monday is getting close to being over and I haven’t even started sorting through my favorite tweets of the week. My school has four weeks and one day left of the semester, and I have to admit that I am ready for summer. It’s really hard to make my mind think about the lessons that I need to teach this week because all my brain wants to think about is the changes I want to make for next year!

That’s enough complaining. Let’s move on to this week’s must reads!

## Checking Your Work Mnemonic

Ryan White shares an awesome set of bookmarks with a mnemonic device that walks students through checking their work.

## Celebration Tree Bulletin Board

Fran Capone inspires with her “celebration tree.”

## Function Auction Tweaks

Taylor Grant shares some creative tweaks to my function auction activity in this blog post.

## Marble Parabolas

Alice Aspinall demonstrates how to combine paint and marbles to make parabolas!

## Angle Twister Game

Susanne F-Pegram gets students up and moving around while reviewing angles with a game of twister.

## Math Line Walk

Bethany Tyndall demonstrates how you can make the entire school your classroom by taking a math walk!

## Jump Origami

Clarissa Grandi inspires, as always, with her beautiful origami!

## Tape and Balloon Tower

Tiffany Ann Mosier shares one of the most fun-looking team-building tasks I have seen. Build a tower with only tape and balloons!

## Cut Out Fold Up Creation

Check out this masterpiece by Suzanne von Oy!

## Area and Circumference of Circles Matching Activity

Looking for an awesome task to review area/circumference of a circle? Mr Knowles has got you covered! Download it here from TES for free!

## Which Number is the Biggest?

Todd Malarczuk poses an interesting estimation problem.

## Summing Dice

Allison E Lawrence shares an awesome idea involving dice in a plastic case. I’ve never seen dice used like this before!

## Matching a Sequence

Amy McNabb shares a brilliant use for $5 in your classroom.

## Outdoor Systems of Equations

Blaire Conner gets students outside to practice systems of equations.

## Cryptology Activity

Chris Pierce brilliantly combines polar graphs and cryptology.

## Laser Cut Tessellations

Check out these awesome laser-cut tessellations by Kathy Henderson‘s students!

## Real Number System Projects

Stacey Beacher not only has her students create their own representations of the real number system, but she also has students give other students feedback on their projects.

## Height vs Jump Height Data Collection

Stacey also shares an awesome hands-on activity for collecting data to create a scatter plot that involves jumping!

## Mini Golf Trig Activity

Kate Baker shares an awesome mini-golf lesson that gives students plenty of trig practice.

## Congruent Triangle Challenge

Kimberly Lentz builds a great geometry lesson that centers around a brown lunch bag.

## Spring Function Flower Garden

Kristen Fouss brings spring into her classroom with a function flower garden.

## Triangle Art

Samantha Cruz shares an inspiring triangle-based math project.

## Quadratic Door Decoration

Margaret Brown shows us how math teachers should decorate their doors.

## Wooden Trays for WODB

Janice Novakowski encourages teachers to create their own WODB problems by providing them with wooden trays to set-up their problems.

## Sine vs Cosine Venn Diagram

I’m super impressed with this Venn diagram for sine vs cosine functions created by Ms. Fye‘s class.

## 3D Trig Problem Projects

Kristan Morales shares a brilliant project idea: have students create a 3D representation of a trig problem!

## Composite Figures on the Wall

Carly Bowden takes advantage of a tiled wall to set up composite figures for students to find the area of. This is pure brilliance!

## Reaction Time Data Collection

Lara Staker shares a great data collection activity involving reaction time.

## Graphing Trig Functions with Straws

Elissa Miller shares a new-to-me use of straws: graphing trig functions. This is so much better than using spaghetti!

## Average Rate of Change War

Tori Cox created an awesome deck of war cards for comparing average rate of change.

## Probability with Guess My Rule Cards

Liz Mastalio shares an awesome lesson using my Guess My Rule cards.

## Giant Unit Circle

How have I been teaching trig for so long without ever thinking of creating a giant unit circle in my classroom?!? Thanks to Ms. Holley for the inspiration!

## Marshmallow Catching Contest

Abigail Fulton introduced statistics in the yummiest of ways – a marshmallow catching contest!

## Finding the Height of a Volcano

Jackie Selevan makes me wish I lived closer to a volcano so we could estimate it’s height using trig!

## Quarter the Cross Templates

Interested in doing Quarter the Cross with your students? Check out these awesome templates from Kim Spek.

## Exponent Comic

I absolutely love this exponent-themed comic unearthed by Jo Morgan. She always finds the best stuff!

## 100 Calorie Pack Mathematics

Debbie Hurtado brings a real-world problem into the classroom.

## Orange Plastic Golf Balls?

Sara Van Der Werf‘s most recent blog post about why she hangs orange plastic golf balls from her ceiling is a must-read.

Until next week, keep sharing your awesome ideas!