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Tag Archives: math
Equivalent Ratios: Desmos Challenge Creator
Inspiration Recently a colleague expressed dismay regarding one of her classes. Her students were not engaged and she was looking for ways to pique their interest. I had an idea. This post outlines the equivalent ratios activity created for her … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Uncategorized
Tagged Challenges, desmos, equivalent, Grade 6, math, middle level, ratios, technology
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Hidden Picture: Double Digit Addition & Subtraction
The core group of G Suite apps are docs, slides, sheets and forms. All of which I’ve used over the past 2 years. However, I recently discovered Google Apps Scripts, a hidden gem built into the suite. Bottom line, I … Continue reading
Posted in math, Uncategorized
Tagged addition, Google, google sheets, math, subtraction, technology
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St. Patrick’s Day & Google Sheets
Inspiration My instructional tech team and I always receive grateful comments from our elementary teachers we share seasonal activities. Most of the activities we shared were using Google slides. I wanted to challenge myself and create a seasonal activity on … Continue reading
Posted in multiplication, Number Sense, technology, Uncategorized
Tagged addition, education, Google, google sheets, math, multiplication, subtraction, technology
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A Guest Teacher’s Challenge
INSPIRATION My last post, Multiplying Fractions: A Desmos Area Model, blended conversations from the same lesson run in two different classrooms. Although the lesson flowed similarly in both rooms, there was one student who viewed the presented problems differently. Gabe … Continue reading
Posted in building relationships, desmos, Uncategorized
Tagged education, equivalent fractions, fractions, math, Perserverance, SMP#1
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Multiplying Fractions: A Desmos Area Model
INSPIRATION I’ve been tinkering with area models for awhile, storing countless versions in my teacher.desmos.com account. A few of my area models support the conceptual thinking of multiplying fractions. Recently, I was approached by a coaching colleague, Crystal, to teach … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, fractions, Uncategorized
Tagged area model, desmos, elementary, fractions, math, multiplication, technology
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Desmos Graph: Adding Positive & Negative Fractions w/ Dynamic Labels
Inspiration For the past 15 months, I’ve been working on fraction models. When I brought the models to students, the resulting conversations were great. Just what I was hoping for. The downside stemmed from the behind the scenes “coding”. My original … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, fractions, Uncategorized
Tagged adding, desmos, dynamic labels, education, fractions, math, negative, positive, technology
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Diving into Google Sheets: Adding Integers & Pixel Art Multiplication
Inspiration In August of 2014, I stepped out of the classroom to become a middle level math TOA/coach. After 21 years of teaching, I craved a different challenge and found that challenge with Desmos. Once I learned how to make … Continue reading
Posted in google apps, Uncategorized
Tagged fractions, google apps, google sheets, integers, math, multiplication, sheets, technology
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Desmos Marbleslides: 10 Frame Addition
Inspiration Many many months ago, I saw an intriguing tweet. Kristin, @mathminds, had made a Desmos AB focused on 10 Frames and was inquiring about the possibility of an interactive one. Challenge excepted. I viewed her inquiry as a chance to … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, Uncategorized
Tagged 10 frame, addition, desmos, dot cards, elementary, math, technology
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Desmos Polygraph: Geometry Basics
Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Desmos Polygraph: Geometric Basics to a group of 4th grade students. It was my first time teaching in an elementary classroom and I enjoyed every minute. Starting To avoid answering the same question 100 times, … Continue reading
Posted in desmos, technology, Uncategorized
Tagged desmos, elementary, geometry, math, technology, vocabulary
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