Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Can't Stop Distributing Music Video

Hey everyone!  It's time for another math music video!  Some of my current and former students, and the faculty and staff at my school have been working hard to put this together for the end of the year. Here is "Can't Stop Distributing", lyrics are below:



Lyrics:

You got this problem inside your class
Let’s take a look, and break it down, don’t go to fast
All though my classroom, all through my school
We’re learning math, no limit, when we learn the rules
We’ve got to just break down this problem
Got to learn this pro-per-ty
You’ve got addition or subtraction, here we go
there’s an ex-pres-sion on the outside
(ya) Got those two pa-ren-the-ses
I know that you can do this problem, now you know

That you multiply, when things are real close
Each thing inside, is where the outside goes
To each term, you will draw an arr-ow
And Multiply in, Multiply in, Multiply in

Draw the lines and multiply, you just dis-tri-bute

Add exponents when you multiply
Dis-tri-bute, come on
Product outside, Sum inside
You just dis-tri-bute, come on
Multiplying what’s inside, you dis-tri-bute (You just dis-tri-bute)

You just dis-tri-bute, (You just dis-tri-bute)
You just dis-tri-bute, come on

Oooh, here’s one more difficult
There’s much more there, two expressions look at it all
Now just don’t panic, don’t lose your cool
You’ll get it down, don’t worry, focus on the rules
We’ve got to just break down this problem
Got to learn this pro-per-ty
Two groups of adding or subtracting, here we go
Now there’s a left side and a right side,
Two sets of pa-ren-the-ses
I know that you can do this problem, now you know
That you multiply, when things are real close
Terms on the left, just distribute all those
From each term, draw a set of arr-ows
And Multiply in, Multiply in, Multiply in

Draw the lines and multiply, you just dis-tri-bute, yea
Add exponents when you multiply
Dis-tri-bute, come on
Check to see if things combine
Once you dis-tri-bute, yea
Multiplying what’s inside, you dis-tri-bute (You just dis-tri-bute)
You just dis-tri-bute (You just dis-tri-bute)
You just dis-tri-bute (You just dis-tri-bute)
You just dis-tri-bute (You just dis-tri-bute)
You dis-tri-bute, come on

Distribute
Distribute
Distribute
Distribute

(You just distribute)
Draw the lines and multiply, you just dis-tri-bute, yea
Add exponents when you multiply
dis-tri-bute
Check to see if things combine
Once you dis-tri-bute, yea
Multiplying what’s inside, you distribute

Everybody sing
Draw the arrows, multiply in (you just distribute)
Draw the arrows, multiply in (you just distribute)
Don’t forget about combining (once you distribute)


Draw the arrows, multiply in

Break it down

Draw the arrows, multiply in (You just distribute)

Don’t forget about combining, come on

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Marbleslide Challenges

I've been periodically adding Marbleslide Challenges to the master list, and I just added a few more. If you didn't read my original post where I explained how I implement these in my classes, check it out here. Enjoy!


Challenge #12 - https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/58fa0259e0d8b633f260dd64/









Friday, February 17, 2017

Desmos Marbleslide Challenges

This year I've implemented Desmos marbleslide challenges throughout my classes that have been really exciting, fun and educational for my students.  If you aren't familiar with Marbleslides you are totally missing out!  The basic idea is that marbles will fall down from a certain point on a graph, and students need to graph equations to help them collect all of the stars on the screen.  The full, official marbleslides activites are here https://teacher.desmos.com/search?q=marbleslides and they always leave kids wanting more.  

The original activities went so well last year, that I decided to regularly give more marbleslides challenges throughout the year.  I wanted to give activities that anyone familiar with graphing lines could complete with some effort, but that could also provide further challenge for students who know more about graphing.  I started creating single page challenges and posting an advertisement for them on my door and in my classroom along with a high score board from the previous week.






I award scores(not for a grade, just for fun) based on number of stars obtained, creativity, consistency and on using fewer functions. All of the challenges can be completed with multiple linear equations, but I challenge students who know more to use fewer, more complex functions. 

I knew that this would be a fun activity for my students, and could help provide some extra challenge, but it has far exceed my expectations for what it could be.  These  challenges have gotten some of my students really excited about math, graphing and learning about equations.  It has created a need for them to learn more, completely on their own, about different types of graphs and how to manipulate them.  I have had students in my class who have only formally learned about straight lines pulling out answers like this:


Every once in awhile I'll drop a little clue for a new type of equation that might help, and they run with it or search things out on their own.  Here are a few more mind blowing examples from students who've gone way above and beyond my expectations:




(The bearded face is part of the challenge.  The student answered by making a hat!)


The challenges have also helped me to further differentiate and more easily manage my classroom.  Whenever students finish an assignment or assessment early, I point them to a challenge and off they go.  I'm really happy that I started these challenges, and if you try them at your school I hope that work out as well for you as they have for me!

If you'd like take a shot at one of the marbleslides challenges yourself, give this one a try.

If you want to try to implement these are your school, here at the first 8 challenges I used this year, and I will continue adding to this list.