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  • Summertime Math Activities

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    Summertime means fun and no school!  No school means students can potentially lose some of the knowledge they have learned throughout the course of the school year, up to 1 month of math skills! [read more here]. So, what are some fun ways to keep students learning while having fun during the summer?

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    Math Geek Mama has a monthly problem of the day students can complete. The problems are quick and can even have a fun summer theme to them!

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    The summer usually brings about beautiful warm weather, so sitting inside working on math problems may not be the most exciting option. When outside is calling your name, bring math with you! Creative Family Fun has a great article with many different games and activities to do outside with math! Hopscotch is a great game to play to practice math skills, or trees are a great way to practice measuring skills!

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    Another great option that can provide a more in depth way for students to practice math throughout the summer is DIY math summer camp.  It is a fun way to create a comprehensive program for students and is budget friendly! What Do We Do All Day has a 6 six-week math program ideal for summer math fun.

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    Another fun activity is to use pool noodles to learn fractions! We Are Teachers has a great lesson plan to create these pool noodle fractions. Clever Catch is a great product to use in the pool as well! These giant beach balls are filled with different math questions to ask.
    clever-catch-math-game What is your favorite way to help students retain their math skills during the summer? Leave a comment below and let us know!

  • 3-D Snowflake - National Cut Out Snowflake Day

    Happy National Cut Out Snowflake Day! Each season brings fun activities to do in the Math Classroom. During winter, planning a lesson around creating snowflakes can make for great hands-on-learning activities.

    Today, we are creating a 3-D Snowflake which can be a great lesson while teaching students about 3-D objects.

    How to Make 3-D Paper Snowflakes:

    Materials you’ll need:

    • 6 pieces of white copy paper
    • Scissors
    • Clear tape
    • Stapler

      Step 1: Fold each piece of paper diagonally across to make a perfect triangle. Cut off the excess paper on the end.

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      Step 2: Once you have your triangle, cut two slits on each side starting from the folded side going to the tip of the triangle.

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      Step 3: Once you have your four cuts made, open the paper up and lay your square flat so that the points of the square are facing you.

      Step 4: Keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two inner paper lines together to form a tube. Tape these pieces together. You should see triangle cut outs on either side of the roll.

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      Step 5: Turn the diamond over to the other side. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape them together as before. This will create a wider and rounder shape than the first roll.

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      Step 6: Turn the diamond back over to join the last paper lines on the same side as the first roll.

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      Step 7: Repeat steps 2-7 for the 5 remaining pieces of paper.

      Step 8: Join 3 of the finished paper rolls together at one end and staple together. Do so again with the other 3 pieces.

      Step 9: Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.

      Step 10: Staple or tape where each of the 6 arms meet each other so that they stay together when displayed.

      Step 11: Hang them up to enjoy at home, school or the office!

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    Did you create a paper snowflake this winter? What kind of snowflake did you create?

    Let us know how you incorporated paper snowflakes into your math class!

  • Crossword Puzzle Day

    Happy Crossword Puzzle Day! To celebrate today's holiday we decided to create a fun math crossword puzzle. The puzzle features math words that may be used in a variety of math classes. Try out the puzzle for yourself and let us know how you do!

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    Comment below or email sales@geyerinstructional.com to receive a PDF version of our crossword puzzle or to receive the answer sheet.

  • Jobs that Require Math

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    Math is not just a class that you are required to take in school, it is an essential tool in everyday life and in many careers.

    Math in the Workplace

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    When the words math and career are in a sentence people usually think of jobs such as statisticians, engineers, pharmacists, economists, accountants, and actuaries. These jobs definitely require math to be effective in those positions. While those jobs are commonly known to need math, there are many other jobs that are less associated with needing to know math.

    Creative Fields

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    Fashion designers, architects, photographers, and interior designers all need to know math. Fashion designers need to know how to calculate area, perimeter, and diameter when figuring out how much material is needed. One of the math skills architects need to know is how to analyze and calculate structural problems. Interior designers need to know how to calculate area and volume so that they can plan out their designs correctly. Photographers need to know the depth of the field in front of them, what film speed, and shutter speed they need. Even working in a creative field, they need to stay on top of their math skills to be effective and efficient in their daily lives.

    Other Exciting Career Fieldsrollercoaster

    Animators, game designers, roller coaster designer, jet fighter pilot, and even sports announcers need to know math for their jobs. Sports announcers just talk about sports; so why do they need to know math? When they are doing their segment or commenting on the game, they need to know math to calculate and understand scores, penalties, distance to the goal, etc. How do game designers use math? Creating video games requires designers to know the game theory, trigonometry, physics, calculus, and probability. Utilizing those branches of mathematics helps create successful video games.

    How do you use Math?

    Knowing mathematics helps us daily both in and outside of the workplace. It is essential in many different jobs in many different workplaces. While math class may not as be as fun as art class, it can help you become successful in any career you choose.

    How do you use math? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

  • Exit Tickets for Math Class

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    The end of math class is typically the time to have students work on math problems and turn in their sheets as they are leaving. Exit Tickets, as they are commonly known, allow for teachers to get a grasp on how students are understanding the material being covered. Graph Pads are a great Exit Ticket to use for students learning about graphing.

    What are Graph Pads?

    Graph Pads are just like a pad of paper. They can be ripped off one sheet at a time and do not have a sticky backing. Instead of a blank piece of paper, like pads of regular paper, they contain a graph grid. A numbered axis, accentuated axis, and polar grid are just a few types of graph pads. The backside of the pad is blank to leave space for student calculations.graph-pad-geyer

    Why Use Them?

    The ease of use makes them a great tool to keep in the math classroom. Students can work through a problem or leave a note on blank side while drawing out a graph on the other side. Teachers appreciate collecting a short stack of identical pieces of paper instead of having different variations of paper.

    Overall, Graph Pads a great tool for both the teachers and students. They are a fun way to end each math class.

    Have you tried out using Graph Pads for Exit Tickets, or have you used something else as an Exit Ticket? Let us know!

  • 3 Unusual Ways to Use Graph Paper

    graph paperGraph Paper is a great tool for not just the classroom, but for everywhere! It can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom and outside of the classroom. It doesn't have to be only used for graphing.

    Graph Paper Activities

    There are lots of different activities it can be used for! There are a lot of ways to have fun with graph paper this way. From math activities to playing battleship, the list is endless.

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    Bullet Journaling

    This is a new way to journal and the best kind of paper to use for this? Graph Paper! Bullet journaling is seen to be a better way to organize your life and help guide through what is important and what isn't. Here is a great article on how to get started on bullet journaling! There are a lot of different options on what to use when bullet journal. An inexpensive route is to grab some graph paper and join it together. You can put it in a binder or create a binding system of your own! This is a great way to create your own notebook or you could use the current hole punches to make a bigger notebook!

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    Graph Paper Art/Drawings

    There are an immense amount of artwork being created with graph paper. Some people are creating intricate designs, patterns, color schemes, and the list goes on. It is a great way to get those creative juices flowing! There are so many awesome tutorials online as well to help learn how to create the different designs or techniques. Some people are creating 3-D building on graph paper! Check out this post from instructables on how to draw your own 3-d building!

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    Graph paper can be used in so many different way. These are only 3 ways that people are using graph paper in non traditional ways!

    Have you used graph paper in any of these ways? Let us know! We would love to hear more ways to use graph paper, considering that we are #graphpaperpeople!

     

  • 6 Ways to Reuse Wood Rulers

    6 Ways to Reuse Wood Rulers

    The end of the school year includes having to go through all of your classroom items to figure out what needs to be replaced and what can be used again next year. When items are getting worn down, it can be sad to have no other use for the items. Often, teachers may end up having to throw away a lot of old, used school supplies each year. What if there were items you could make to upcycle those items? Wooden rulers can be used in so many fun and exciting ways to prevent having to throw them away!

    Sometimes, rulers can get broken even when they are brand new! When this happens, you can make a fun pencil/pen/marker holder for your classroom! All you need are tin cans, rulers, and a hot glue gun. Make sure to sand the edges off so that they are soft + smooth! This picture has been supplied from Belle Maison! Follow the link to see her specific directions to make your own fun, ruler brush storage container!

    Rulers glued to Tin CanThere are some great storage options that can be created from rulers! You can create a wooden ruler crate! The crate would be great for carrying items around or for storage! Check out the Decoist for the wooden crate boxes

    wooden ruler crateOr you can check out Being Brook for directions to make small wooden ruler boxes! These can be great to hold erasers, glue, and other small objects in the classroom! ruler boxAnother option for using repurpose wooden rulers is to create a fun ruler table top! The Bliss Ranch has a great post on how create this fun table! This would be a great, fun addition to any math classroom :) Ruler Table

    A decorative ruler wreath is also a creative option to reuse those old rulers! This can be great to hang on a classroom door or even to use at home to show how much you love teaching math! Crafts Unleashed has an easy guide to show you how to make this ruler decoration!

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    Lastly, the final DIY wooden ruler project we have is to use your old rulers to make a fun, decorative wooden ruler lamp shade! A Case of the Mundays has a great instruction guide that takes you step by step to create your own ruler lampshade!

    DIY Ruler Lampshade

    All of these items are a fun and great way to reuse those old wooden classroom rulers! Each of them would look perfect in a math teachers classroom! After making all of these fun DIY ruler projects, you will need to make sure your classroom is stocked full of new rulers for next year! Here are some great options to have your classroom prepared for the school year!

    Let us know if you have created any of these ruler crafts or any other ones!

     

     

     

  • SKUNK, a fun and exciting Math game!

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    Last week we reached out to our followers on Instagram to tell us a fun math activity for the classroom. One of them mentioned a game called, SKUNK. After researching it, we knew we had to share it on our blog. SKUNK sounds like a lot of fun and is great for teaching math fundamentals! It can also be a great way to show students that #MathIsFun.

    So what is it?

    SKUNK is a fun math game and only two tools are needed. A pair of dice + a way to keep score [this can be pencil + paper or the dry erase/chalk board]. The game can be used in small groups as well as whole class participation. This game is used in classrooms because it teaches students about choice + chance and allows them to practice decision making skills. It is also a great way to introduce probability.

    The goal of the game is to accumulate as many points by the end of round five.

    How do you play?

    [This is just one example of how you can play the game. During our research we found a few different variations but we are going to focus on just one. ]

    First, have all students get out a piece of paper and draw something like this.

    SKUNK MATH GAME

    Each letter of the word 'skunk' is used as a round for the game. Either the teacher or a chosen person rolls the dice. Students can add or multiply those numbers together [this would be something decided earlier by the teacher]. The total of those number is their starting score.

    If students would like they can keep that score for the round and sit down. If they do not the dice are rolled again. IF a 1 is rolled then whoever is left standing gets zero points for the round and the round is over. IF two 1's are rolled, aka snake eyes, then whoever is left standing loses all their points they have accumulated thus far.

    Each round ends once a 1 is rolled or all players have sat down. Teachers can decide to reward the top few students with the most points or ask students to write down notes on how they played. Then students can use those notes so they can figure out a new strategy for the next time the game is played.

    The SKUNK game

    There are many different variations of this game and so we have linked two great resources. The NCTM has posted a very informative lesson on how to use the game in your class and other information such as how it applies to different standards. Digitallesson.com has also posted a great guide on how to use this in the classroom!

    What variation do you use in the classroom? Do you find that students like the game better in smaller groups or during whole class participation? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

    Thank you @6thGradeTeachers for telling us about this fun and exciting math game! Check out their guide for SKUNK!

  • #MathMonday

    Math Monday

    Here at Geyer Instructional Products, we love math. We sell an assortment of educational products with a focus in mathematics. Since we sell a lot of math products, we like to share fun and interesting information related to the subject.

    For the past few weeks we have started sharing some really awesome math related posts on Mondays. We use a hashtag #MathMonday so that the posts we share can be easily found!

    Instagram Math Monday Most recent Instagram posts for #MathMonday

     

    These posts are not created by Geyer employees but by teachers, educators, or other people interested in the field. We search through the internet to find these informative and exciting posts. Then, we post on all of our social accounts every Monday and share what we have found. Math is awesome and we want to share new and relevant information to promote the love of math. STEM education is growing and becoming more relevant than it has ever been. So we want to help and provide information to everyone to help generate more interest in the field.

    We are not the first one to use the hashtag or to have math related posts on Mondays. But we are joining in on this conversation to show that Math can be fun and interesting.

    Do you create posts about mathematics or STEM-related material? Let us know and maybe you will be featured on our next #MathMonday post!

  • Graph Paper Activities

    Graph Paper Activities

    Graph paper is an essential tool for the classroom! There are so many different uses for graph paper. It can be used for more than just graphing equations or problems. There are many different fun activities to be done on graph paper.

    Battleship

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    The game battleship is a staple throughout many generations. Battleship is a relatively easy concept to understand and it is fun to play for all ages! Playing battleship with graph paper is based around the same concept as the game we all know and love. It is a two player game and each player needs to draw a grid on two pieces of graph paper (A teacher can draw a sample grid and make copies). The horizontal axis is numbered 1-10 and the vertical axis ranges from A to J. After the players have their grids drawn, they need to pick out 10 different sized ships to draw on one of their grids. Then after both players are ready that each get to guess 3 targets (i.e. A1, J10, and C7). The game continues until one player's ships are all 'sunk'. All that is needed for this game is a pen/pencil [pen is better to prevent cheating :) ] and graph paper!

    Connect the Dots

    Students and teachers can both draw pictures using dots using an X and Y axis. The coordinates of the dots are written down. Then students get to try each other drawing by first making dot that are connected to each coordinate and then connecting each of the dots! This is a great way to practice student's graphing of coordinates skills.

    Multiplication Game

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    This is also a two player game. The supplies need are two different colored markers, a pair of dice, and graph paper. Both players share one piece of graph paper. One student rolls the dice, multiplies then together, and then graphs the area of that multiplied number. The game ends when there is no place left to make rectangles/squares. The winner is who has the largest area/ the most squares/rectangles

    Do you use graph paper for activities in your classroom? Let us know! We would love to hear how you do!

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