It's December and two more weeks until holiday break. Trying to keep the students focused in math class has already been a challenge. On Monday without thinking I said, "We are going to begin our new unit about shapes but in fifth grade we call them polygons." Student said: "What if we forget to use that word?" I said, "Then we touch our nose as a secret signal to remind everyone."
Well, does anyone want to guess how many times you say the word shape in Geometry? Let's just say our whole class has really learned the word polygon including the teacher, but we're having fun.
Why Does Pasta Come in so Many Shapes? It was one of those wonders that didn't directly connect to math, but the students enjoyed learning about pasta. A few students told me that they would feel much smarter the next time they ate spaghetti.