Monday, April 27, 2015

The Name Thing


Even though my 7th grade kiddos have had mean, median, mode, and range, we can add it to the list of things that get purged from a middle school brain! When we started working with data and misleading graphs it was so obvious that we needed to review this little standard before we could move on. According to Pinterest the thing to do is how much your name is worth. Here is the organizer, letters and a key with what each letter was worth. I just did A=1, B=2, etc. The kids loved it and seeing whose name was the biggest mean.


There are all kinds of extensions that could be done with this activity, finding the mean of everyone's name, the range...you see that rabbit hole! I just needed a quick review and this was great for that. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Flip Book of Transformations


If you have read any of my posts, you know I love a good math art ending to a unit! Transformations are one of my faves because of all the art we get to do! I have blogged about translations and reflections. I need to blog about rotations and dilations! Until then, you are going to love these flip books!



The criteria for the flip book is that it has to have all four transformations in it. I love how this project can pull it all together at the end. Getting all four is really hard for some of them to do. They get wrapped up in the animation of it and forget the transformations. The dilations are the hardest because they try to change the image when they are making it bigger or smaller. After all the work, they are so excited to show me the finished product. We have a big time flipping through each other's books!

Now that you are excited and want to make your own flip book, here is how we did it! We watched a bunch of YouTube videos for inspiration. This tutorial does a great job explaining how to make the book and the steps for drawing. We follow this guy's advice and make a story board. I have my kids do 20 pages. They want to immediately start with the book but to make sure they have all of their transformations the story board is helpful.



I hope your kids love creating these flip books as much as mine did!