Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pythagorean Theorem Foldy

Pythagorean Theorem is something that I think has to be practiced to get the hang of. My students always seem to have a hard time figuring out which side is missing. 

I came up with this idea to try to get them to see it better. Having a right triangle that they can turn and manipulate helps them in identifying the missing side. 

It is so fun folding, unfolding, turning, and folding some more, they forget they are working LOTS of problems! I even have students say this is fun. What could be better than that?!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Deflategate in C126

Press conference notes. Research. Argue. Repeat! My kids and I love talking NFL football. They give input on my fantasy team and we talk about the games. So when the news was nothing but the Patriots' scandalous deflated football, I knew we had to do something with it. I divided the class into two groups: one that believes the story and one that doesn't. The kids used computers and their phones to gather math and science information about this headline. From the pressure to the size of the football to Bill Nye the Science Guy's opinion.

They scribbled down lots of talking points. I told them to think like a mathematician when looking at the information. They went all math nerd on the SmartBoard drawing pictures and measurements. It was amazing!

All of the research led up to our own press conference that they had to write on the behalf {this is math, not language arts!} of the NFL or the Patriots!

Student Press Conference Draft

It was a really fun activity and the kids were able to see math in something they love. I love it when math and the real world come together so easily!
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