Testing Season is almost upon us and I have some new freebies that will warm your heart this Valentines Day!
Bermuda Lawn Care – Middle School
The Bermuda Lawn Care Services – SBAC Performance Task gives students an opportunity to compute unit rates using a real-world geometry problem. Students will find the area of the lawn in square yards, convert those square yards to square feet, calculate the square yards mowed based on time, and money earned based on square yards mowed. They will analyze productivity based on working individually and collaboratively. Students will exhibit competence with math content standards 7.G.6, 7.RP.1, 7.RP.2, 7.EE.2, 7.EE.3, 7.NS.2, 7.NS.3, and mathematical practices standards MP1, MP2, MP4, MP5, MP6, and MP7.
Transformation Road – High School
The Transformation Road Activity & Task gives students an opportunity demonstrate mastery using rotations, reflections, and translations to move an object from one location to another on a coordinate plane. Students will model two separate movement paths using transformations and document these movements using function or coordinate notation. Students will then create an equation or function to describe the movement they created. These findings will be shared with a classmate for collaboration on the similarities, differences, and variables involved. The Transformation Road Activity & Task supports deeper student understanding in the use of transformations, while investigating the outcomes produced by different choices.
Da Vinci Project – Color by Number with
Probability for Middle School
The purpose of this probability Da Vinci project is to allow students the opportunity to use creativity to invent a color by number activity that demonstrates mastery of probability. This project focuses on finding probability solutions for simple and compound probabilities using fractions, decimals, percentages, and likelihoods. Students will both create the problem and find the solution. Students will then complete the activity created by a peer and grade the work of the peer using the rubric provided.
Da Vinci Project – Color by Number with
Sequences for High School
The purpose of this sequences Da Vinci project is to allow students the opportunity to use creativity to invent a color by number activity that demonstrates mastery of concepts related to arithmetic and geometric sequences. This project focuses on determining common differences and common ratios, finding the next number in a sequence, solving for the term, and deciphering real-life problems that require the use of sequence operations. Students will then complete the activity created by a peer and grade the work of the peer using the rubric provided.
Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while you lesson plan your way through testing season. Happy Freebies!!
Make yourself a Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cocktail while you enjoy winter break.
Wendy’s Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cocktail
1 ounce Peppermint Schnapps
2 ounces Creme de Cocoa
3 ounces Baileys
4 ounces water
1 Candy cane (crushed for rim)
1. Place candy cane in a plastic Ziplock bag and smash it into candy cane dust with a hammer. This is especially therapeutic after encountering a sullen 15-year-old female.
2. Rim two martini glasses with the crushed candy cane pieces. I used simple syrup and was able to rim the glasses early in the day before company arrived, but water works as well.
3. Add about 6 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker.
4. Add the 3 liqueurs and water into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into the two prepared glasses and enjoy!
*You can also put these ingredients into a Hydroflask, shake, and enjoy. (Skip the crushed candy cane when using a Hydroflask.) This is an especially nice option if you will be sitting outside on New Years Eve to watch fireworks. Only choose this option if you are in a state that allows it.*
Math Dude videos offer online math support for your next Project Based Learning with Math lesson.
I love Math Dude videos. Mike DeGraba is Math Dude. Like Superman, Math Dude is just a regular guy with regular problems, and super problem solving powers. He connects well with students and speaks plainly while still using rich math vocabulary.
Math Dude made a series of videos covering all the Algebra 1 topics common to most classrooms. Many of these standards have been moved down to 8th grade math or Pre-algebra with the introduction of Common Core. These Math Dude videos begin with solving one-step equations and end with solving exponential and quadratic functions. The technology is a bit dated, but I use EdPuzzle in conjunction with Math Dude videos to create an interactive lesson for my students. I also link students to Math Dude videos when my students are absent due to illness, class activity, or family vacation.
Math Dude videos are hosted by Montgomery County Public Schools. These five to 14 minute videos are available on youtube as well. You can show Math Dude videos over a live internet signal or download them. I prefer to download the videos so that I do not lose class time if the internet signal is weak. I also use Math Dude based EdPuzzle videos when I have to be subbed out for the day.
Math Dude gives students a welcome break from Khan Academy, and encourages students to use resources other than raising their hand or asking a friend. Take an opportunity to watch a few of the Math Dude videos and judge for yourself. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment above.
Developing students who are prepared to tackle difficult projects with logic, review and revise those projects through collaboration with peers, and persevere in finding creative solutions.