List of activities sourced (mostly through twitter), that (I fear!) may not appear in regular Desmos search engine…
First up though is this fantastic intro to showcase what Activity Builder can do in desmos. A good one for showing to others who might be interested… Here is another page a teacher compiled when they were running PD’s introducing people to Desmos. OK, now onto the activities:
- Area of rectangles – Students learn how to find the area of a rectangle given a grid and side lengths. There formula (A=lw) is not mentioned in this lesson and can be brought up in a class discussion
- Home run kings – Using data to make predictions, using statistics / graphs
- Collecting like terms – as it says…begins with character/disney type matchup for practice, then a cardsort on collecting like terms (note the teacher dashboard when you look at results shows you if it’s right or not).
- MAGIC! Showing how multi-step equations can be used to work out someone’s chosen ‘mystery’ number.
- Get close to me is a rounding activity (that came from using clothesline maths too).
- Wolves and sheep is just a fun puzzle, not necessarily curriculum linked.
- Another puzzle on desmos is the Twin Puzzles, which is a good order of operations task (googling desmos and puzzle might return more ideas too…)
Why do I like desmos?? Well, along with the cheers I hear around the room when students succeed at a task, here are two quotes from a relatively tough to teach bunch in 2016:
I reckon desmos is way better than bookwork, we should do it every lesson
Can we please keep going with desmos