Perplexors are word puzzles that require close reading and or math skills plus deductive reasoning to solve the problems.
Introduce Perplexors the first weeks of school next year as group activities, then you can incorporate them into your lesson plans throughout the year any time you need:
Since my last lesson idea post was very standardized EOG prep, I thought this was a good time to mention two math and reading skills resources you can incorporate into class that will help your student not just with standardized testing skills but also with logic and higher order thinking skills that will help them well past the time their standardized test taking days are over.
Ms. Lyttle and Ms. Malone saw Perplexors in use during their PL visit to Park Road Montessori's sixth grade.
Perplexors offer free samples and here is the Link To Purchase if you like the samples. Specific types of perplexors such as Grid perplexors, Venn Diagaram perplexors and more books are available on Amazon and elsewhere.
Perplexor Tutorials are available on Youtube:
Basic level Math Perplexor Sample:
Expert Level Math Perplexor Sample:
Basic level Perplexor sample
Level D Perplexor Sample
Here's an embedded perplexor for you to see:
I really want someone at Piedmont to try with their students to create this milk jug igloo Canadian teacher Ray Hoppins posted on Twitter last night.
. Besides the obvious social skills such as perseverance grit and teamwork- I'll help you brainstorm how this can fit into your content objectives as well - because I selfishly really want to see one in person!
And just imagine, when the lesson is over, you've got an awesome chill spot or reading nook!
Let your student decide:
The Piedmont Tau-rates doesn't have the same ring to it as Piedmont Pi-rates, and I don't know if we do it on June 2 or February 6 but :
here's Vi Hart's explanation why Pi is wrong and Here's Numberphile's Pi/Tau Smackdown
in case you want to share with students and get their opinion
If they side with team Tau, Click the Tau image to go to the Tau Day website
Edulum shared this blog article on using Mathigon by talented and not-intimidating math/science/tech professional Jill Thompson and Piedmont's awesome middle school math teachers were very interested when I shared it on Facebook so I am placing this link here for them to peruse.
Basically you will either use the ebook link or one of the trading card like theme choices. when you turn the trading card over it will lead to a site to open, a slideshow to play, a link to an app or other, from there you can search within more subtopics for what you want. I would either browse mathigon and then choose which links and resources I want students to use culminating unit or whole group lesson and then paste those links into my website or Edmodo for them. But I would also consider letting students explore the site themselves and choose their own path to research or group project.
The link below goes to the teacher page and includes a treasure hunt lesson plan you can download for primary and one for secondary
This is the really interesting pdf by Mathigon's founder Philip Lenger how math can be so much more than is taught.
If you like Mathigon's take on presenting math, you will probably also like the super cool lessons of Dan Meyer and all the members of his Blogulty Lounge plus precocious Vi Hart 's videos (run them through Gaggle Tube first, CMS) or any ed.ted math lessons
Here are two links I found that look interesting but I can't tell you much more than that. Let me know if they look good to you and we can do more.
Common core math online reviews make your own and publish http://commoncoresheets.com/CreateAReview.php
Math of Alice in Wonderland http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427391.600-alices-adventures-in-algebra-wonderland-solved.html?full=true#.Uuu9EG_MibN
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD