It can be challenging to keep students engaged through the end of the school year, when warm weather approaches and summer break is in sight. The key is giving them activities that feel like a challenge, but are also accessible to all students regardless of their skill level.
Here are a few activities you can use to keep your students engaged throughout the rest of the year. They correspond to the Engage component of our Instructional Approach: Engage, Develop, Demonstrate. (Learn more about that here.)
Logic Squares - Have students complete the activity, then stand and find a partner that is at least 10 steps away. Have them compare their logic squares and prove out loud with sentences that their arrangement is correct.*
A Sort of Sorts - Have students work with a group at their table to analyze and sort the graphs into different groups. They can group the graphs in any way they feel is appropriate. In the space provided, have the students:
Student groups should also choose one member to be a "reporter" who will take notes with them and report to other groups. Questions to ask:
Odd One Out - Which of these functions is the "odd one out"? Have students discuss their reasoning at their tables and then share out.
Human Number Line - In this activity, you will form a human number line with the students. Give students an index card and have them write down the number of the day they were born. Have students use the numbers on their cards to line up from least to greatest.
Which One Doesn't Belong? - Have students share their ideas about which one doesn't belong.
Estimation 180 - Have students estimate in one of these activities to build their number sense and problem-solving skills.
Let us know how these activities work for you! Post on social media using the hashtag #longlivemath.
*Source: Logic Links
Afreeka Miller serves as the Director of Professional Learning for Carnegie Learning, Inc. She has 20 years of experience in education and 9 of those years has been with Carnegie Learning. Afreeka holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Urban Education. Her career began in Texas as a high school mathematics teacher in January 2000. Since then, she has had the privilege to teach at her high school alma mater and support districts across the nation. Afreeka sincerely believes ALL students are able to achieve success in mathematics.Explore more related to this author