Thursday, May 17, 2018

Murrio and Friends going the Distance!

So for my last Murrio themed worksheet since I stumbled across Andy Lutwyche's Dinky King Activity is this little practice sheet.  But in all honestly, I found this to be the most interesting.

Here is my original Murrio themed activity and the scavenger hunt I did the day before.

I do not remember any time in my education actually 'comparing' the Pythagorean theorem and distance formula.  Prior to this year, I had always taught Algebra though and it had been years since I actually 'did' Geometry.  I found this lesson to be really informative and neat how they relate so simply.  And yes.... I'm a #mathnerd so that is likely part of it.

These are my quick notes.  We just did a couple of examples since they had been practicing the concepts.

And then we celebrated our knowledge with Murrio, Lequigi, Powser, and Princess Maisy...

The students did well and some did find the concept neat and do not remember comparing them before.

And so this was END GAME for Murrio and Friends...

It was a fun filled week of saving the princess, designing new games, hitting ? blocks, and reviewing and applying geometry concepts.  It is also the last day I'm giving notes this year!  Nothing like going out with the best video game of all time!

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For my title and example font, Austie Bost Envelope, you may download it here for FREE to keep the formatting the same.

Thank you and please let me know if you see any issues with links or corrections on anything!

And thank you again to my new educational friend, Mr. Lutwyche.  I hope that your inspiration causes me more hours of work and my students more engagement.  


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stupendous 'Murrio' Pythagorean Theorem Scavenger Hunt

I love Mario!  I'm an 80's girl and still remember that TJ was the first kid in the neighborhood to get a Nintendo.  I remember the hours and hushed urging as a neighborhood kid approached the elevators at the end of World 1-2.  A kids gotta focus right?  The first dark level.  The first Super Mario.  Oh the memories.   

Flash forward to 2018 State Standardized Testing Week... also Teacher Appreciation Week (gotta appreciate the irony huh?).  I created an activity for the end of the week which, as most of my activities do, escalated quickly to this scavenger hunt!

Read my first Mario/Murrio themed finds and activity here.  Thank you again to Mr. Lutwyche for the hours of fun and engagement by my students and colleagues.  This Mario/Murrio has made the end of the year something exciting.

I took an old scavenger hunt over Pythagorean Therem Real World Problems and changed them to a Murrio and Lequigi Real World!  Who wouldn't rather see a Flying 'Kooga' instead of a bird and protect 'Powser's' Castle as oppose to a backyard?

Here is the Stupendous Murrio Pythagorean Theorem Scavenger Hunt complete with Student WS!  


    One set of scavenger sheets to post around the room (A – J)

    One answer document for each student

And for the teacher.... 😉😆😀😄

Teacher Notes: 
Place each of the scavenger hunt  sheets (A – J) on the walls around the room.  Each student should be given one answer document and assigned (or choose) a place to begin in the hunt.  Have students start at their poster, solve the problem and search the other posters to find their answer, which is boxed on the bottom.  Once they find their answer, then that poster is the next question they solve.  This solution will  then send them on another hunt for a new answer, and so on.

By the end of the class period, students should have solved each of the Pythagorean Theorem problems and filled in their answer sheet.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some of the problems are not looking for the missing length of the triangle; but an application of that missing value in order to solve a different problem!!

If you can print in color, do so! 

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Please let me know if you have any questions or see any corrections!  Also, feel free to share!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Dinky King and Murrio! Pythagorean Theorem Edition

So last week was standardized testing.  I needed something to work on for Friday but not super strenuous.  Pythagorean Theorem!  Perfect!

I got some quick notes together then decided I'd like something fun for the assignment.

Enter the genius of Andy Lutwyche.  And I do mean genius!  I love finding assignments that add just a little something different to a pretty standard concept.  Enter Mr. Lutwyche's Dinky King...

How fun is this?!?!  You may download his version here for FREE!!!  It was perfect and pure genius for an 80's nostalgia girl like me... who also happened to have a Mario costume... that she has not worn for school... yet.  Genius.  Thank you Mr. Lutwyche for sharing and allowing me to use Dinky King.  Thank you for making something a little more engaging for our students.  You may follow him on TES here and Twitter here.

And of course Friday went like this....


Mrs. Richardson...

Dinky King and Murrio...

It was super fun and the reactions to me dressed as Mario were hilarious.  Made a few Snapchats and during the school emergency later that day, my students found me right away 😏😆😄😃.  My classes will remember Pythagorean Theorem this year!

Mr. Lutwyche's names had me cracking up and of course I emphasized them with the students.

Due to the school-wide emergency, I didn't get to see a couple of my periods and knew they would be bummed out missing me dressed up in class- no one could miss me in the gym!  I decided to continue with Mr. Lutwyche's inspiration and work the theme into an activity for Monday.  This quickly escalated, as most of my planning does, and I ended up with 3 more activities with the 'Murrio' theme.  And yes, I laughed every time I typed Murrio and changed a name.  And yes, I'm easily entertained.

My next lesson was over distance.  I wrote some notes and created a WS where we measured the distance for 'Murrio' and 'Lequigi' had to hit the blocks.  Just a different twist to  some of the same old but necessary practice.


Cutest. Worksheet. Ever.
The number line example is actually a font so I could type in exactly what I wanted.  You can download it free here.  I could not wait to hand this assignment out!! #mathnerd.  And the occasional chuckles from the class when they read Lequigi made the extra work worth it!  I will do almost anything to engage my students in math.  This meant they were reading the assignment!!!

For my title and example font, Austie Bost Envelope, you may download it here for FREE.

After this I couldn't stop and even did a 'Murrio' themed Pythagorean Theorem scavenger hunt which I will share later (need to do it in class before I get ahead of myself).

You may download all my resources used above here for FREE.  

Thank you and please let me know if you see any issues with links or corrections on anything!

And thank you again to my new educational friend, Mr. Lutwyche.  I hope that your inspiration causes me more hours of work and my students more engagement.  


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Get a CLUE!

Someone has been doing math wrong!  All this time they have been calculating wrong answers and putting them on the teacher’s answer keys!  The dreadfulness of such a devious deed!  Why, why would anyone want to do their math wrong and confuse innocent mathematicians?!?!

Your job is to find the dastardly villain and apprehend him!  To do so you need to find the area of the Clue rooms/locations based on the scale factor you pick from your teacher.  Each square edge will be worth that amount.  Round to the thousandth place for accuracy.  When complete answer the questions below about your clue board.

And that's how it begins!  Somewhere along in the year, I decided I wanted to do something with the 2 Clue board games my son received for Christmas!  Why not, right?  They were different versions and if you know me, I don't just do one when multiple versions will do!

So then what could I do?  Google of course because someone has done a geometry activity with the square units on a Clue Board right?!?!?!  Apparently not.... or at least not that I could find.  And I looked.  I started this blog to help people not have to recreate the wheel as I live by that philosophy!

So I have 2 boards.... yeah... that's not enough so let me go on a wild search for different boards!  I ended up with 5 boards which I did hunt for.  Eventually purchasing some off ebay.  You can print them and distribute or laminate to use them but that did not seem like near as much fun as each group having their own Clue Board!  I included several printable ones for you as well in my shared folder.

I ended up with the following hard copy versions:  Simpsons, 1986, 2002, 2013, and 2015.  Word to the wise, do not purchase the 2013.  It does not lend to the project as well but it is usable.

Each group was given a specific Clue Project sheet to show their work and was specific to their board.  This went through multiple changes throughout the day and the one I'm sharing with you is the revised version.  Below is the original one, I added a couple of columns to help the students organize and me grade!

This is my revised one based on students needs and desire.  And for you.... it's not all 'fonted' out so easy to edit for your needs!  I used some specific teacher names so you'll likely want to change those up for your specific school.

For the printable ones, I did specific sheets with minor changes from the physical game boards I did.  My vision for these were for students who were absent to make up.  I plan on printing them black and white.  They are different boards than what I had in the class so you could have 4 more versions ready to go.

So now on to the detective work!  My students entered.  Now teacher friends, it's May.  State standardized tests are next week.  I've been working every weekend just about since March.  I usually go all out for activities like these but really phoned in the decor for this one.  I left too late for a dead body model so had to work with what I could.  I laughed all day!!!  My kids did too but I have a sneaking suspicion it was at me 😕 and I did fix the wonky foot during 3rd period.

I couldn't just throw an activity out there could I?!?!? 

As students worked, there are a few that you and they could easily debate for square units.  Some are definitely subjective but at the beginning of the project, I did go over how I expected them to count the square units.  I think this is key to help them succeed.  Clue has all kinds of perspective on their boards.  As a result, some of the questions and answers might not be perfect but should work.  You may edit to your liking of course!

After they found their square units, I handed out 'Clue' cards with their scale factor on it.  I planned on making this a major grade so the scale factors were not simple.  They were ones like 3.14 meters, 40 inches, 1.226 yards, etc.  I printed the cards below and wrote my scale factors on the back.

I've included these for you as well.  

I was very happy with how it turned out.  There were some frustrations to work through and a-ha moments that were all part of learning and life skills.  I had fun with it , I think the students had fun with it and the objective of scale factor and area were discovered and applied in a unique way.

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As always, please let me know if you see any needed changes or have ideas to share!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Around, Around It Goes... Where It Stops, Nobody Knows!!!

This is a dice and spinner activity for Geometric Transformations.  It includes:

I'm including the editable copies as well as PDF in case you want to change or edit anything.  I found an activity online for inspiration but did not want dilations on mine as they are covered in a different unit.  Me, being me, of course had to create a new one to fit my students needs.

I have officially done it in class and made modifications as necessary so that I could share it with all of you!  

It was better than I expected only it did not take nearly as long as I thought.  Maybe half a class depending on ability.  

I printed two sets of dice on different colored card stock.  They are numbered so I made sure they received different dice to roll.  

I made 6 unique dice to use.  I never do anything easy if it can be multiple different versions 😋  Here are the first 2:

I laminated and constructed them myself prior to the lesson.  I used tape so I could undo them and easily store them.  Since I had to correct some of them, next year, I might just use large foam dice and tape the new corrected sides to them for ease as hand edited things drive me nuts!!!!??!?!?

I gave all kids a Smart Pal lamination sheet to put their transformation sheets in so they could do multiple without having to erase and get sloppy or torn.  I also made sure that the group or pairs had the same starting shape so they could compare answers.  I just monitored to make sure they were doing it and did not have them turn anything in.

Here are a couple of the 8 sheets I created.  2 unique shapes in each quadrant.

I gave each group 2 dice and a laminated spinner sheet. For the spinner sheet, I also gave each group a paperclip to 'spin'. I left all 3 together on the same sheet for ease and storage.  

I had each group start with rolling one dice and making the transformation.  I them let them decide to use the original or image to do the next roll (hello combinations without realizing they are.... my whole intention!).  After 6 or so one dice translations, I had them roll both dice and perform the combination transformations.  

Everyone seemed to enjoy the activity and do well.  The ability to use the dry erase was definitely the way to go as well.  I did differentiate and sometimes give particular shapes to particular groups.  I just wanted to be able to apply the rules and practice.  There are so many ways you can do it!  

I allowed them all to use their notes for the rules.  

As always, please let me know of any changes or recommendations! 

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The font used for the titles is Austie Bost Envelopes and you may download it here for free in case you don't want to mess with formatting on the editable versions.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Transformations Mystery Pictures- Reflections!

Short post to share an activity and TPT find!

So I am not only teaching Math Models this year but also Geometry?!?!!?  There is an extensive Geometry Unit at the end of the Math Models Curriculum so here I go into a new curriculum.

Geometry was always my favorite subject in school, and while I loved doing it, it has been over 20 years since I have done it.  now I've got to teach it?  what, the what now?  It is not as easy as I remember, of course 20 years, a lot of things have happened.....

So now I get to re-learn Geometry and figure out how to teach it.  This has been awesome 😑....

One of the activities I used to practice rotations was this wonderful and well worth the $5 find on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It is by Nilcola Waddilove.

Transformations Mystery Picture Pack (Reflection, Rotation, Translation)

I loved the Rotations Picture and it was just what my students needed for a second day of practice with using the Rotation Rules.

I then decided that before I move on to my newly created Dice Activity, I wanted to make sure they had thorough practice.  While the above sheet did have 2 reflections practice, it did not have what I needed for reflection across y=x.  

So I googled first and found nothing matching what I wanted.  Me, being me, decided to create one!  I present to you my first Transformation Mystery Picture!!  It's not extensive and probably can be finished quickly but the image is SOOOOO MY CLASS!  

Download this activity in Word and PDF for FREE!  If you use word, the font I used for the title is Austie Bost Envelopes font and can be downloaded for FREE here.

Did another one to share!  

It is named AJ after the student who helped design it.  Download the Word and PDF for FREE!

Please let me know if you see any needed changes or have anything to share!

As always, Enjoy!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Coordinate Point BINGO!

Quick post sharing my Coordinate Point BINGO!

Oh those pesky coordinates!  Why they gotta make slope and coordinates the opposite movements?  Let's simplify some lives Mr. Descartes!  So I always make my students label coordinates and slope with arrows as below:

As I started preparing my Geometry unit, I had the pleasure of relearning a lot of things.  I found the easiest way to do a lot of transformations was by just looking at points as oppose to whole shapes.  As a result, I decided to pull out and dust off my old Coordinate Bingo!

It names a point on the coordinate plane and you name it's location!  Simple enough except most are translations of points.  I thought this was perfect practice for our transformations!

This was created several years ago from the Ah-maz-ing template by Steve Mashburn.  I wrote more about it here.

You have 25 'calling cards' and 30 unique Bingo cards for the students.

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I gave each student a fill page blank coordinate.  I used the STAAR Test one so they could get used to it!  I've included it here too.

I put these in my handy, dandy Smart Pals so they could write on them.  The Bingo Cards were laminated so they could write on them or use markers.  Great way to utilize those 2 color counters ;-)

I found it easier to project the calling card as well as reading it too.

This turned out to be great review and reinforcement prior to translations!