Posted in Activities, Algebra 1, Distance Learning, Functions, Geometry, Google Slides, Notability

Multiple Representations for Leaners

This summer I have spent some (a lot) of my time writing curriculum for our Virtual Academy. One thing I have focused on is multiple representations of the content for each concept. I’m hoping to better meet the needs of all my learners. I broke by options into two categories, Read and Watch (Listen). Students are given the choice of which way they would prefer to learn the material and it provides additional resources if they need reinforcement.

Remember, this doesn’t have to be limited to virtual learning. Students in your classroom will benefit from multiple representations too.

Videos (Watch, Listen)

There are many options for using videos in your lessons. I have listed a few of my favorites below.

Make Your Own

I like to use Notability on my iPad. I have some tutorials on how I create my videos and upload to Google Drive and or YouTube, (YouTube adds closed captioning). If you watch your students, you will notice many of them watching videos with closed-captioning on. This not only meets accessibility needs for students, but also meets their learning style.

Videos from Others

You can find so many videos that are already created. I like this option because students need to hear information multiple ways. You are teaching it one way and videos from someone else may say the same thing in a different way. For my lessons, I used Kahn Academy, CK-12, and Delta Math, and YouTube. You would think this saves time, but you do have to watch the videos before you post them so it works out to be about the same amount of time.

Infographics (Read)

I created an infographic for each lesson. This allows a student who like visual representations an option for learning. A few are shared below; feel free to use them. Please do not sell these. Some of the examples are from various resources I have so I do not want any of us violating copyright laws.

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I have also adapted a few of my classroom posters into virtual “posters” or infographics. This one is based on a bulletin board set from Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove). I love this set, so I updated it for my virtual classroom.

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Notes (Read and/or Watch)

One of the things I LOVE about Notability is the created PDF file for each note I write. I have these set to save to my Google Drive and I can easily share them with students. I include written examples as part of my visual learning options. Sometimes I also make a video of the examples (if the videos I select don’t have examples) and sometimes I just post the written version.

Check for Understanding

If I were in the classroom, I would walk around and check for understanding with each student. Virtually, I wanted a way for students to check their own understanding. I did not make this worth points and I had students self-report instead of returning the check for understanding to me.

Online Resources

I use checks from Kahn Academy, Delta Math, and CK-12. All three of these offer short checks for understanding with links to additional resources. I also use Desmos and Geogebra activities, making sure I provide the answers within the activity so students don’t need to rely on me to check their work.

Google Slides

I have often used self-checking slides in my classroom so I have a nice supply I can use for virtual learning. In the classroom, these allow me to differentiate based on student needs while I walk around the classroom and help individual students. Virtually, it’s a great quick check for understanding. I have shared a few below.

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Here is a quick tutorial to create your own. You can also use step 1 of this tutorial for more elaborate instructions on using the Master Slide.

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This is all just one step for each of my lessons. I also have launch type activities such as Which One Doesn’t Belong, Number Talks, Puzzles, and Open-Ended Question. I try to include some kind of activity, a reflection, and practice for each lesson too. I’ll share some of these resources soon.

I would love see anything you create or use from the ideas you see here. Tag me on Twitter @MandiTolenEDU.

Happy creating!

Posted in Covid-19, Digital Manipulatives, Distance Learning, Google Slides

Digital Manipulatives

In this season of virtual learning, digital manipulatives are more important than ever. There are a few I have used over the years in my own classroom like the protractor, ruler, algebra tiles, and algebra balance scale. I created them to fulfill a need in my class. My students can’t always purchase these supplies, or if they do, they are broken by the time we need them.

At a conference last week, I had elementary teachers ask if I had additional resources or digital tool websites for teachers. I did have resources, but they were in many different places. I’ve created a Wakelet of these resources to make it easier and included the link below. I will continue to add to it.

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I’ve also had the request to include more elementary related material. I have an elementary friend who will be sharing some of her resources here but I would LOVE to feature you on my blog. If you have a fun learning activity that Makes Math Not Suck for elementary students, email me at mtolen13@gmail.com. We could set up a guest blog post OR I can simply feature your activity.

Posted in Covid-19, Distance Learning, Equations of Circles, Equations of Lines, Geometry, Parallel Lines

Geometric Town Virtual Learning Update

I have been using the Geometric Town project for years. You can read about it from my original post and also obtain the non-digital version. During this crazy Covid-19 quarantine, I’ve been updating my activities to make them more virtual learning friendly. In this situation, I gave students the choice to complete this activity digitally or on paper.

There are components of this project that I like on paper, like graphing equations by hand and students using their creativity with their buildings.  Other benefits became evident when I created this digitally. The use of Desmos to create the graphs and the use of digital icons made correcting misconceptions much easier.

Either way, this is still a fun project that reviews many of standards from the year.

I hope this activity is something you can use.

 

Geometric Town MMNS
Click here for the activity template

Posted in Activities, Google Drawing, Images

Creating Math Images in Google Drawing

I LOVE GOOGLE DRAWING!!! If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know how much I use Drawing or the Drawing features in slides. This post is dedicated to how I use Google Drawing to create my own images for activities and assessments.

Google Drawing will download as a transparent .PNG image. It’s vector based, so if you make a large image it will scale without much degradation of the image. I once create panels for a tri-fold display board, printed them and glued them to the board. The images were crisp and looked professional.Google Drawing examples

Here is a tutorial on some basic features of Google Drawing.

These are just a few of the images you can make with Google Drawing.

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These are just a few of the VERY MANY images I’ve created in Google Drawing.

This tool will allow you to create your own AWESOME looking content. Enjoy

Posted in Algebra 1, Digital Manipulatives, Geometry, Google Slides

Digital Manipulatives

Have you seen a teenagers backpack? Three weeks into school and the protractor I asked them to buy is already in pieces in the bottom of their backpack. Books, binders, and a computer have been shoved into that backpack and the protractor is now broken. Or maybe they couldn’t afford school supplies to begin with. Protractors are not usually among the free supplies students can get. There are many reasons to use digital manipulatives, this is just one example, and inspiration behind my measuring angles activity. Created in Google Slides with a transparent protractor (google transparent protractor), students can move and rotate the protractor to practice measuring angles.

The balancing equations activity and the algebra tiles were created out of need for manipulatives but no funds to purchase them. Creating them digitally allowed me to have a set of manipulatives for every student.

A third reason to use digital manipulatives, blended and virtual learning. In this crazy Covid-19 time, we can’t send algebra tiles home with students, and not everyone has a protractor or ruler at home, but we can provide them with one digitally.

I create my manipulatives in Google Slides, but Google Drawing will work too. You can set any piece that you don’t want to move as the background so students don’t get frustrated. I may have learned this that hard way. Design the parts you don’t want to move. When you are ready, go to File – Download as PNG. Then click on the background button in the toolbar and choose an image from a file. Once the image is uploaded, you can delete everything. Your background will be behind it all. After your background is set, start creating the moving parts or parts you want the to type in.

Here are three digital manipulatives I’ve created for my classroom. If you use these in your classroom or with virtual learning, I would love to hear how it goes.

Balancing Equations MMNS                     Algebra Tiles MMNS

Measure Angles with Protractor MMNS

 

 

Posted in Activities, Equations of Circles, Google Drawing

Equations of Circles- Distance Learning Style

This is one of those activities I do in my classroom every year after we learn about equations of circles. Well… most of my kiddos don’t have a compass at home so I came up with a Google Slides way to do this. I even included an animation on the 2nd page to show students how to make the circles and change them to transparent.

Hope this makes your life a little easier.

Equations of Circles
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Stay safe and stay sane!

 

Posted in Activities, Circles, Covid-19, Digital Escape Rooms, Distance Learning, Equations of Circles, Equations of Lines

Equations of Lines and Circles Digital Escape Room

My friend and colleague learned how to make digital escape rooms from me. You all don’t have me next to you everyday so you can learn from my post on Ditch That Textbook. This is the second escape room she has made. She’s getting pretty good at them!

I plan to use this one as a self-assessment during our distance learning time. I’m so grateful for colleagues who are willing to try new things and then share when they do.

Feel free to use this escape room. It includes a review of equations of lines and equations of circles.

Lost Lola
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Stay safe friends!

Posted in BreakIN, Circles, Covid-19, Distance Learning, Equations of Lines, games

Donkey Kong Break In Distance Learning Style

I created this activity last year to review equations of lines and learning about equations of circles. It was completed in groups by table but the delivery was mostly work at their own pace. Well, this was perfect for distance learning. I changed from groups to individual, added some Google Forms practice checks that students could complete as many times as needed until they were 100% correct, and some video notes where I would normally have given a few notes.

So far it has been a huge success. I love giving individual feedback for each student and I love to see the questions they have when they get stuck. I feel like they are learning a lot AND having fun.

7th Donkey Kong Equations (3)
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Posted in Activities, Algebra 1, Covid-19, Distance Learning

Algebra Practice for Virtual Learning

Wow, what a crazy time! Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. I saw a post today commending other teachers for providing their resources for free during this time. It shouldn’t take a pandemic for us to take care of each other. I have always provided everything for free. We need to support each other when we are not in crisis just as much as we do now. Ok, stepping off my soap box.

Below are many of the Algebra 1 activities my team and I have created for our practice days. These are days when students can work on whichever standards they need additional practice with. A few of the resources are virtual manipulatives.

Maybe you are looking for review material. Maybe you want to supplement an online activity. Please use these to make your life a little easier.

Manipulatives

Algebra Tiles           Balancing Equations

Solving

Equations             Inequalities       More Inequalities       Literal Equations

Linear Model      Absolute Value    Absolute Value with Notes

Systems

by Substitution         by Elimination         Which method?

Systems of Inequalities            Systems Word Problems

Graphing

Identify Functions   Function or Not    Linear, Inequalities, and Quadratics

Parallel and Perpendicular Exploration        Parallel and Perpendicular

Transformations of Functions

Quadratics

Factoring and Adding Polynomials    Quadratic Formula     Polynomial Area &  Volume

Teachers are amazing! Be well, be safe, be sane!

Posted in Activities, Application, Geometry, Surface Area, Volume

Volume and Spheres Application

Installment three of the area, surface area, and volume application problems. I know some of you have been using these and I hope they are working out well.

Area application can be found here. Surface area application can be found here.

In this post I have included volume application problems and application for surface area and volume of spheres.

I also provide students with candy in boxes and have them calculate the wasted or empty space in the box. This gives them hands-on application and allows them to use their tools. And, student LOVE to eat candy!

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The Life Savers box is an amazing find! It’s a trapezoidal prism and we calculate the Life Savers as cylinders with a cylinder removed in the middle. The Mike and Ike’s are also fun because we calculate them as a cylinder with hemispheres at each end. The Kisses container is a triangular prism and we use the cone formula to estimate the volume of each Kiss. Gobstoppers are less fun, just spheres inside a rectangular prism, and the Tootsie Roll container is the least challenging of all with cylinders inside of a cylinder. I have each group work these problems on poster paper and then present them to the class. Giving students the opportunity to share in front of the class is something I try to work into each unit. Please make sure you have a culture of trust and respect in your classroom before you do this with students. It can be damaging to their fragile egos if they are ridiculed or made fun of. And if you chuckled at fragile ego, remember back to high school. What others thought of you mattered at lot!

Here are the application activities I promised. Please let me know if you find them useful. It makes me happy when others can benefit!

Volume Application    Surface Area & Volume with Spheres