When we were fully remote and then hybrid, I wanted to give my students options in their learning and I wanted one of the learning options to be visual. When I set up my Canvas for a lesson, I have a table where the left side is read and the right side is watch. On the left side I include these infonotes (yes, I made that up but it’s my blog so I can, LOL) and some hand written notes. On the watch side I include videos, some made by me and some that I have found. Some students (I’m one of those students) don’t like to watch videos, but some students don’t understand without the video. This gives them the option to learn with a style that is best for them.
Now that we are back in person, I still post these options. They can learn from me, or they can chose to read or watch videos.
I’ve included my infonotes for the quadrilateral unit. I have them for every unit in Geometry so I’ll need to get around to posting those :-).
I also used these two activities I have previously posted as an exploration for interior and exterior angles.
I modified these Desmos activities I found to use with this unit. They are wonderful as is, but some of my lower functioning kiddos struggle with explaining so we have a conversation instead of typing. I posted the original activities below so it also gives credit to the author. One day soon (as soon as my dissertation is done) I will be creating in Desmos!!!
A few weeks ago I shared the Exit Tickets I created for this unit. Click here to see that post.
And last but not least, I have an Escape Room that I use as a review for Quadrilaterals. If you want to see your students submissions, just make your own Google Form and have students use yours instead of the one on the escape room site.
You should be set to teach Quadrilaterals. I hope you find something you can use.
This idea has been rolling around in my head, especially when I’m on the elliptical working out, so I’m excited to try it out with students.
The idea behind this activity is to get students to think about the properties of quadrilaterals. There are so many rules to remember and there isn’t a ton of application. I know what you are thinking, then why are we teaching it? Well, it’s still one of our state standards and it’s on the ACT/SAT test, and there is some great logical thinking that happens during this unit.
They will create a comic with two quadrilaterals. In the comic, they must work at least 3 properties for each quadrilateral into the story. The characters are the quadrilaterals themselves.
I wanted this to be 8.5 x 11 so we can put it in iBooks or Kindle when we are finished. Wait, you didn’t know you could do that? Never fear, the instructions are listed below.
I created my own template but I also share others that I have altered and some that aren’t altered but you can use if you don’t care about making it an actual book.
I will begin this with students tomorrow so I will update this with students samples once I have them. Here is an example comic I made to show students.
I have also created the activity sheet that I will post in Canvas. I plan to introduce this after our Geogebra Exploration and then give them the entire unit to complete it.
Once your comic completed, you can go to File-Download as PDF. I move this to my GoogleDrive. On you phone or iPad, go to the file in Drive and click the 3 dots in the corner. Click open in and scroll to the end of your apps where is says more. Once you select more, Kindle and iBooks are both an option. It won’t work with Kindle if the file is too big.
Here is another set of exit tickets for you to use.
This set covers polygons and the parallelogram family. I also teach quadrilateral coordinate proofs during this unit. There isn’t an exit ticket for that section. A long time ago I found this project called White Beards Treasure. I love this activity, however, kids will Google it and the answers are online. To avoid this, I have changed our prompt many times. When I taught this during November I changed it to the Turkey Trot. This time I changed it to Sue the Dinosaur.
I gave a quiz this past week. Some students did quite well but others struggled with some of the concepts. I wanted an activity that gave more practice of the skills students were missing but was self-checking. Students have been asking for another pixel-art activity so I decided to combine the two.
This week in the United States is Groundhog Day. You can click here and read about the history of Groundhog Day. It’s very interesting! One of my colleagues and friend grew up in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, home of the official Groundhog. When we are NOT in a pandemic, she makes groundhog shaped sugar cookies for all her students and the other math teachers. I know this year she is sad because she won’t be able to share this tradition. To honor her hometown, I made this pixel art activity as a groundhog :-). This one is for you Danyelle.
You may take this one and alter it. You may also create your own with this tutorial I created.
I also wanted to share a couple of Desmos activities I found and used during this unit. Both are by Kurt Salisbury.
The Zelda activity is one I’ve used before and I really like it. It practices Pythagorean Theorem.
The second one I found just this year and it is AH-Mazing!!! I will be this good at Desmos CL one day and will make fun things like this! This is one is an intro to Trig with some terrific animations. It really allowed my students to think an explore.
As promised last week, here are some exit tickets that you can use with a Similarity Unit in Geometry. Just a reminder of how I use these. I give feedback on each submission and have students work on them until they are correct. I love doing this with the comment feature in Google Slides. In Canvas, I am using the Google Assignments LTI so it looks just like Google Classroom.
Now, you might not want my Bitmoji on your slides. I mean, she’s cute, but I get it! You can go to view-master and change the Bitmoji there. I changed my jacket color for each day. One student told me he was excited each day during the lesson to see what color the jacket would be but slightly less excited about the math. 😂 Whatever gets them there!
It’s nice when you find an activity that you can just USE. If you are getting ready to teach or review triangle congruence, hopefully these exit tickets will be helpful.
I give these the same day I teach a new lesson. Students get feedback from me until they have correct answers. It has worked very well during our hybrid schedule but I plan to keep doing it when we go back in person.
These slides are interactive so you will want to make a copy for each student. You can edit the content by going to view-Master. I create it there so the static parts don’t move.
Each one is set to template. If you would like to keep the activity, just select the get template button in the top right corner.
I am a huge proponent of application when application is possible. I realize sometimes application is not possible at the level you are teaching. For example, my senior son was working on Calculus the other day and had to recall the exponent rules from Algebra 1 (8th grade for him). He hasn’t needed to use exponent rules in any other class AND when I teach Algebra, I know it’s near impossible to find application for the rules. Clearly they have a purpose, but he didn’t see that purpose until four years later. Application wasn’t possible at the time he was taught the rules.
Surface area and volume, however, is VERY applicable. Last year, I switched my focus from using the formulas to finding online calculators (Read about it here) and just applying the formulas. I created many application type activities, including measuring objects in the classroom. We ended the unit with our robot project (referenced in the book Make Math Not Suck), which the students LOVE!
This year, I wanted to make my life and my student’s lives a little easier. There isn’t ONE calculator online that will calculate every surface area and volume problem we encounter. Teaching students the skills to look for these calculators is a good skill! The issue was the time involved searching for a calculator that would work, then when we did find one, there were some inappropriate ads on some of the pages.
So I fixed it! I created a SURFACE ARE AND VOLUME CALCULATOR that I can give to my students. They still need to know which one to use but they don’t have to search the internet to find one.
Please use this with your classes. Please DO NOT sell this to others or pass it off as your own. I drew each figure on my iPad and I entered each formula in the cells. It took some time! I LOVE when people use my stuff (for FREE) but it upsets me when they take it and sell it on TpT as their own. DON’T BE THAT PERSON!
Here are some quick links to previous posts about surface area and volume applications to use with the calculator and a BRAND NEW remote learning performance event.
I wanted to share with you a quick update to Road Kill Kafe that I use in my Geometry class to discover congruent triangles. It was shared with me by my friend Craig Klement (@CraigKlement) and you can read about all of my Triangle Congruence activities here.
We are hybrid this year and it usually takes 2 days to complete the activity. That’s 4 class days with both classes and we simply didn’t have the time to do that.
So… I turned it into a digital activity. It worked out ok. I did model some skills for them regarding the drawing tools in Google Slides and that made things go more smoothly. I also pasted a reference segment so we could make sure our side lengths were what they should be.
Here are some images of our completed triangles.
If this is your original activity, let me know! I would love to give proper credit. If you want to try Road Kill Kafe goes Remote, just click on the links below. The first one is the activity to send to students. Make a copy for EACH student. The second one is the collaborative slide with the reference segments for students to paste their completed triangles. Make sure you set it so EVERYONE has access to the same slide.
This pandemic has caused us to stretch our thinking and innovate to make the best learning environment for our students.
I love sending students to the whiteboard or having them use table whiteboards in the classroom to practice. With social distancing, I couldn’t get as many to the whiteboards as I needed to. I also have individual table whiteboards, but using the sanitizing cleaner on our them was eating the finish.
The solution came from two of my colleagues ideas. The first one was the individual bags with a cut up piece of towel. Students were asked, if they could, to purchase their own marker for the bag. I had a few for students who couldn’t or who forgot. This way they could use their own “eraser” and marker and we wouldn’t have to sanitize them.
The second solution was laminated paper with a grid printed on one side. Each student received one for the notebook. Now they can use their own and we don’t have to sanitize the desk whiteboards and ruin the finish.
The third part was laminating grid chart paper to put on the walls as extra whiteboard space. It works just as well as and erases just as well as the shower board my school uses for whiteboards.
I loved finally getting my students up and working problems. I love that they can look around and see what others are doing and self-correct. I love that it helps me see where students are with current material. We were able to get almost everyone to the new board spaces because we are now on a hybrid schedule with part of the alphabet each day. I need to make a few more for the wall and find some space to put them.
This pandemic has been something. Keep being awesome for your students but also keep taking care of yourself! It’s hard, but it won’t be forever!