We know how much everybody loves a story. I was encouraged to pursue this through a number of talks/tweets/articles etc. I was also encouraged beginning this in 2016 with some attempts to incorporate stories into my maths class.
One of the best things I found was ‘crafting’ something that had happened in class into a story (eg. tale of someone who avoided something fearing they would get stuck, later worked it out etc, later revealing it was me!)
Aside from that though, here are some links to stories that I found I could weave into a maths lesson somehow:
Introductory lesson perhaps to discussing area – a ‘madeover’ task by Dan Meyer and friends. Gets students estimating areas and then later doing the calculation. Unit conversions also required between feet and metres (depending on measurements used)
Haven’t used this particular resource yet but came across it through twitter. Seems to have a good series of activities (including desmos) to help understand graphing linear equations.
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…)
Thanks to Twitter (Nathan Kraft?) I came across this video to use as part of an introduction to ratios. Nice bit of humour/relationship insight thrown in for good measure 🙂