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Monday Must Reads: Volume 91

I can’t believe it is already Monday again and time for the 91st volume of Monday Must Reads! If this is your first experience with Monday Must Reads, it’s my weekly-ish attempt at capturing the amazing ideas shared by (mostly) math teachers on twitter. I hope you find an idea or two to use in your own classroom or to share with a coworker.

Monday Must Reads

I love how Dana Harrington not only engaged her students with the classic Four Fours problem, but she also got parents involved! What a brilliant way to introduce parents to Desmos, as well!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/HarringtonWMC/status/1436107910266896385

Check out this “Math is like…” display from Michael Siegel.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrSiegel1019/status/1441519412201222145

Sarah Furman shares an absolutely brilliant activity where she combines student knowledge of geometric transformations with puzzle creation. Students had to create their own puzzles similar to Cover the Duck, Cover the Heart, Cover the Camel, etc. Then, they had to use geometric transformations to describe the solution to the puzzle they created. I am just blown away by this activity.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/SPFurman17/status/1441199484327776262

The Community Classroom shares a fun, fall-themed task. Which pumpkin would you rather have? (Note: there is a typo in the original tweet. The large pumpkin is full of pennies, not quarters.)

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CommunityClass1/status/1442510991447793667

Pop-its seem to be all the rage these days. Adrienne Hestenes recommends playing Nim on a pop-it. Great idea!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/adhestenes/status/1425864233703464964

The MathHappens Organization is sharing free files for creating your own tool to help students visualize conic sections. They even have a printable version that you can create with cardstock if you don’t have access to technology for creating it out of wood.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathHappensOrg/status/1427747638775005186

Matt Zigler shares some awesome student work that all started in Desmos!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/BullisBITlab/status/1401952820656578561

Denis Sheeran continues to show that we can find math anywhere and everywhere if we just take the time to look!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathDenisNJ/status/1423615956841021442

David Butler shares an interesting fact about tangrams that could easily be turned into an exploratory activity.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/DavidKButlerUoA/status/1443107392992866305

Jonathan shares a mind-blowing diagram for remembering trig derivatives.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rawrdimus/status/1443071877359063040

Alyssa Castorena shares a fun-looking integer tic-tac-toe game. I especially love the use of cups for X’s and O’s. I’m definitely stealing that idea!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MathwithMrsC/status/1443340845382610949

Mr. Canning shares an awesome open-middle task for factoring quadratics.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/canning_mrmaths/status/1443479537325649923

Until next time, keep sharing your awesome ideas! Want even more ideas? I suggest checking out previous volumes of Monday Must Reads!

Looking for more brilliant ideas? Check out Volume 90 of Monday Must Reads.

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