# Monday Must Reads: Volume 58

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It’s already Monday once again. This summer is flying by crazy fast. At this rate, I’m afraid I will blink and it will be August 12th and time to report back. As I continue to think ahead to next school year and the ideas I want to try out, I turn once again to my twitter likes. I try to go through these on a semi-regular basis and compile my favorite ideas in a volume of Monday Must Reads to share with you all. I find that the compilation process helps me remember these great ideas and increases the likelihood that I will actually implement some of them in my own classroom.

I hope you can find some inspiring ideas in this compilation to use in your own classroom!

## Spaghetti, Triangles, and Probability

Rob Maddock shares an amazing lesson that combines spaghetti, probability, and triangles.

## Color Coded Quadrilateral Art Project

Color-coded quadrilateral projects from Timikia Ramsey. Amazing work! Almost makes me wish I taught geometry…

## ABCs of Precalculus Book

Laura Vogel compiled her pre-calc students’ ABC list of topics covered into a picture book for her 11 month old. How cool!

## Modeling Quadratics with Water Balloons

Launching water balloons sounds like a fun way to practice modeling quadratics to me! Great idea, Holly Olmscheid!

## Ideas for Focusing Test Review Time

Looking for a way to figure out how to focus test review on what students really need help with? Check out this tally method from Annie Giercyk.

## Card Sharks Game

Have any jumbo playing cards laying around? Check out this Card Sharks game idea from Jennifer Fairbanks!

## Classroom Coloring Station

Also, check out Jennifer‘s cool coloring station in her classroom.

## Laser Cut Desmos Art

Laura Montgomery takes the usual Desmos art assignment to another level with laser cutting the designs in wood for end of year gifts.

## Promoting Positive Thinking

Chelsea Cleveland shares an easy way to boost students’ positive thinking.

## Quadrilateral Menu

What a lovely quadrilateral task from Amie Albrecht!

## Quadrilaterals Guess Who Game

Also, check out this Guess Who game for quadrilaterals from Amie Albrecht.

## Senior Balloon Tradition

It doesn’t have anything to do with math, but I love this school tradition that Mandy shared.

## Linear Olympics

Joel Bezaire shares a peek into his awesome Linear Olympics! Read his full blog post here.

## Wow Me Project

Callie Hughes Gray shows what can happen when you give students an option to “Wow me” on a project.

## Fill in the Blank Logarithm Task

Check out this amazing logarithm task from Math with P. Nik.

## Scratch Off Lottery Ticket Day

I bet Bob Lochel‘s students won’t forget “Scratch Off Lottery Ticket Day” in stats class!

## Surface Area and Volume Cake Project

Designing cakes in math class? Check out this lesson from Kurt Salisbury!

## Sinusoidal Daylight Graphs

Elizabeth Johnson shares a real-world project for examining data of daylight from different cities.

## Circle Theorems with Hula Hoops

The OMHS Math Department recommends teaching circle theorems with hula hoops. How fun!

## Dream Room Project

Christina Salvatore shares an alternative to your normal end of unit test.

## Rainbow Equation Activity

Nathan Vaillancourt shares a brilliant rainbow-themed equation review. I really appreciate

his inclusion of equations students hadn’t seen before as “pots of gold.”

## Real-Life Composite Area Problem

Silvio Lioniello shares a real-world application of finding composite areas.

## Not a Set Activity

Greta Salathé Mills offers up a new-to-me twist on SET – how many cards can you lay out that don’t form a SET?

## Mini Golf Geometry Project

shares some amazing geometry project ideas.

## Geometry Quilt Project

Another inspiring geometry project from Karen.

## Function Aerobics

Kerri Homan engages students with function aerobics.

## Calculus Deriver’s License

Teaching calculus? Check out the “derivers license” that Kerri‘s students can earn.

## Golden Rectangle Art Projects

Jana Stenson shares some amazing golden rectangle art projects.

## Logarithm Task

Paige Sheehan inspires with a lovely logarithm question.

## Volume by Cross Sections Project

How creative is this volume by cross section project from Peltier Alg 2 PAP?

## Goal Free Problems

I really like this idea of goal free problems for teaching geometry/trigonometry. Thanks for the idea, Beth Plaw!

## Acting Out Opposite, Adjacent, and Hypotenuse

Ella Hereth shares a great idea for getting students to wrap their minds around opposite, adjacent, and hypotenuse in relation to right triangle trig.

## Examining Staircases with Trigonometry

Paige Friedland shares a great real-world application of trig.

## Mathematical Buttons

Holyrood Maths is making me think that I need to get a button/badge making machine…

## Don’t Panic Problems

Jed‘s approach of starting his pre-calc classes with “Don’t Panic!” problems is refreshing and inspiring.

## Proving Trig Identities Desmos Activity

My trig students really excelled at proving trig identities this year. But, when I put a question on their final that asked them to justify each step, it was like I had asked the impossible of them. So, this idea from Coach Perales really caught my eye.

## Christmas Tree Nim

I first learned to play Nim as a sixth grader in math class. I’ve always played with physical objects like stones, pencils, popsicle sticks, etc. So, I was super intrigued to see nim played on paper. Thanks to Donna Buckley for the idea! Plus, they look like cute little Christmas trees!

## Quadratics Task

I think we could all learn something from this approach by Sam Aguiar of giving students a quadratics problem on their assessment that they had never seen before.

## Dot to Dot Math Tasks

This dot to dot approach from Math with P Nik could be applied to so many different math topics!

## Life Sized Angle Problems

Alice Aspinall takes angle practice to a whole new level.

## Unit Circle Races

I’m super inspired by these unit circle medals from Janene Ward!

## Quadratics Just Enough Information Activity

Nat Banting shares a brilliant use of Desmos for giving students “just enough” information and asking them to figure out the rest.

## Trigonometry: The Answer is…

Becky Hall shares an interesting last assessment question. I believe the extra grading time would be worth it to see what students are able to come up with!

## Paper Version of Egg Roulette

Ray Stuckey shares how to play a paper-based version of egg roulette.

## Pi Day Poster Contest

Mrs. Richardson shares a great pi day idea – a poster contest.

Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas!