Last month I shared a list of math lesson resources for middle school and high school teachers. At the end of the post I invited you to email me with suggestions for more resources. Jamie Rykse recently took me up on that and emailed me a great set of resources. Two of the items that jumped out at me from Jamie’s list were blogs called Would You Rather? and Estimation 180.
Would You Rather? presents a picture with a mathematics problem that asks “would you rather?” The questions that I looked through all had a financial aspect to them. One of my favorite examples from Would You Rather? is this November 7th entry that asks “would you rather buy unleaded gasoline at $3.49 per gallon with cash or at $3.59 per gallon with a credit card that gives 3% cash back?”
Estimation 180 contains 180 pictures that contain a prompt to estimate something like height, quantity, or volume.
Applications for Education
In my email to Jamie I mentioned that Would You Rather? is a resource that I could see myself using in an Intro to Personal Finances course. Would You Rather? provides a great context for math lessons that students can relate to.
Jamie’s email to me contained some other resources that I’ve included below as he described them to me.
- Her post explaining the site: http://fawnnguyen.com/
- Students are given a visual pattern, draw the next one in the series then figure out how many objects in the 43rd step, find equation for the pattern.
- On the “For Teachers” page, the “Why Math Munch” gives an overview. Also includes link to a Tedx Talk they did. Favorite quote: “We write Math Munch to help more kids find something mathematical that they love.”
- I had the opportunity to room with Justin at Twitter Math Camp ’13 and got to see first hand his passion behind the above quote.
- How Fawn Nguyen uses Math Munch in the classroom: http://fawnnguyen.
Really, if you are a middle school math teacher you must follow her.
- He has pulled together tasks and problems from others like fellow math bloggers and sites like the mathematics assessment project (a resource onto its own http://map.mathshell.org/
- He created curriculum maps for grades 5 to Algebra 2 using those resources that you can use and modify to fit your needs.