I have a bunch of cute math ideas that I have collected over the past few weeks and I wanted to post them here. Some of the idea I created and many of the ideas my teammates created.
I did NOT come up with this super cute idea. One of my teammates did. Students created their own secret number decoders by cutting out a flap on the bottom side of the paper and then folding the paper in half and gluing it (carefully) together. Then they created their "code" and solved it. They finished up by writing the secret number under the flap. Neat, huh?
I *did* do this activity, but I did NOT create it. My next door neighbor did it as well and I loved her take on it! Students were given Christmas tree cut outs and given the directions to decorate the tree with 16- 21 ornaments of their choice. It could look any way they wanted- as long as it only had 16- 21 ornaments. Then the teacher used the trees to introduce the line plot graph by graphing the number of ornaments on the tree. Simple, cute lesson. HOWEVER, my teammate took it to another level by having her students brainstorm questions- I only did mine orally :(- and then writing it on a sentence strip. The students answered their question and folded over the end of the sentence strip to create a "door" hiding the answer! So cute- and kid friendly!
The last activity is one I did come up with. We are studying geometry . I put up a small Christmas tree and gave students paper ornaments cut from the Ellison die cut machine. Students wrote a geometric term and a picture. It is tied to the standards and perfectly seasonal! I love it!!! Normally the tree is plug in and lit up, but I had already unplugged it. I was way to lazy to bend over and plug it in again for a a picture!