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.
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.
What are number talks you ask? They are a wonderful low floor, high ceiling task that allows everyone the opportunity to share their thinking. Here is a Wakelet of resources I have compiled from the interwebs. I use Fawn Nguyen’s Visual Patterns a lot! A great book I recommend reading is Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker. I’m sure there are others, but this is the one I read. There are many videos, blog posts, and ideas if you just google Number Talks. I like that Number Talks strengthen numeracy and allows students to see that everyone approaches problems differently, which is the wonderful thing about math. Many students, because of how they have been taught, think there is only ONE way to complete a problem.
As I mention in my book, Make Math Not Suck, I want my classroom to be a safe space. Because of this, I like to keep responses like this anonymous, allowing students to share if they feel comfortable. I started trying to do number talks in PearDeck using the drawing feature. The problem I ran into was wanting students to be able to draw OR write to explain their thinking.
Enter Desmos. With Desmos, you can give students the option to type or write. And when you are working with patterns, they can draw right on the pattern.
We move to hybrid learning this week. Half of my class will be in person and half will be joining by Zoom. I think Desmos is going to work well for our Number Talks in this situation. I can still select student responses to share on the screen that both in home and in person students can view.
If you aren’t using Number Talks, do a little investigating. I think you will find it gives students confidence, it allows you to see gaps in their number sense, and it helps students learn new strategies.