Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Math Enrichment Freebies - KenKen Puzzles

KenKen is a math game invented by Japanese math teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto in 2004. To get your classroom involved in Ken Ken puzzles click here: KenKen Puzzles

In my math classroom, I have a Math Challenge Box, where students who finish early or who want to work on a challenge can visit. One of the activities in the Math Challenge Box is KenKen puzzles. I keep print outs of the weekly KenKen puzzles that arrive in my email box. KenKen is like Sudoku, but involves math skills to arrive at the correct number to fill in the box. 

Unsolved Ken Ken
Solved Ken Ken Puzzle

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Holiday Drama Lesson


Since last week in Drama class, we have been working on an assignment inspired by the book: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree - A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas or Watch the Scholastic Site with Video

  1. The students got into groups of 4 or 5 and chose a special holiday or special day i.e. Birthday, Christmas, Eid, Hanukkah, Mother's Day, Father's Day, July 4th, Canada Day, Halloween, Easter, March Break etc.
  2. Then they modeled their holiday story on the 12 days of Christmas song. 
  3. Once the students decided on 12 items to get on their special day, they developed 12 different tableaux to creatively represent their special day. 
  4. Break the tableaux rules and allow them to bring simple props into their tableaux to create engagement and interest for the audience. Think of this assignment like an old silent film. 
The students have been very engaged during these drama classes, and it still provides a holiday celebration while allowing for student choice.


If your students need more inspiration have them watch this You Tube video: Animals Sing 12 Days of Christmas

Monday, 10 December 2012

Data Management Lesson - Census At School


When teaching data management I want to ensure my students are using data in a meaningful way and not just using the data sets from our textbook. I found The Census at School Project on the recommendation of several colleagues. 

This website enables teachers to create a class account, students measure themselves (height, foot size, arm span etc) and enter their data into the website. After the data is entered they can compare themselves with students locally or internationally. 

If you are at a school in Canada use this site: Census at School Canada

If you are at a school in one of the following countries: United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, USA, Ireland, use this site: 
Census at School International

Teacher Feedback on this Project

Other Statistics Sources:

Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

USA
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference-Shelf/Data.shtml
http://www.census.gov/#
http://www.bls.gov/
http://www.fedstats.gov/regional.html
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

TIPS4RM - Free Math Units Grades 7-12


The Government of Ontario a few years ago developed this really great resource called "Targeted Implementation and Planning Supports for Revised Mathematics (TIPS4RM)" 



In daily life who can remember such a long name? So it evolved to being called the "Tips" binder or units. These units are based on the Ontario Math curriculum, but the concepts are universal. 

The units are not 100% complete so you will need to supplement from your regular textbook/workbook, however the lessons provide great experimental/hands on learning opportunities for students.

A complete unit comes with a unit overview, plus each additional lesson is broken down into Minds On (the hook), Action (what students will do), Consolidate (how they will practice what they have learned). This resource compliments the three part lesson design that is becoming very popular.

If you teach any junior high or high school math course, this resource is worth a look.

Happy Wednesday!

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