If you teach middle school math or Algebra 1 and you are not reading Fawn’s blog, then you should. I get all of my ideas and inspiration from her!
She posted a great activity about Quadratics and framing. Please go read her post for instructions. I wanted to post how I modified her activity for Pre-Algebra (using simple factoring instead of the quadratic formula). I followed her instructions exactly, and modified four things.
- I teach Pre-Algebra so I made the problem easier for my students so that the numbers would be easily factorable and not need the quadratic formula. As a result, my students were more easily able to discover the frame dimensions (sadly, they did not beg). It did take most of them quite a while however and they appreciated when I finally showed them the math.
- I had my students draw their own picture on a 3×5 index card. They could also take a picture and bring it in. This way I didn’t have to find a picture for them, or print it and make copies, or cut it out. (Yes, I’m lazy and they love being creative so it was win-win.)
- I used index cards so I wouldn’t have to cut up a bunch of paper to the perfect size. Really Fawn, you are a saint. I had my students draw the picture on 3×5 index cards, then I used 4×6 index cards for the frame. I cut them down to 4×5 to make the border an even 1″ (see #1).
- I had them post the finish product on a half sheet of paper. This way they could glue down the picture and the frame instead of using tape. I am always short on tape. Also, on the back of the picture is where we all “did the math”.
I am posting mainly to say THANK YOU for Fawn, and to share my students creations! I am really into notebooks so I also included an idea for adding the work to the students notebook.
The finished product:
On the back of their picture, we did the math.
The Notebook Entry: