- Is Math real? Very!
Yesterday I have found a blank wall clock at Target for $5. (As a math teacher, it is definitely one of the best purchases I have made as a lesson material.) So our goal is to write the numbers to the proper places and hang on to the wall, we may use some Avengers or Star Wars stickers to polish it too. I cannot probably list everything I have in my mind that we can explore by using this empty clock. First, I am planning to start "why 1 hour is 60 minutes?". Hence the idea of factors and multiples. And the different number systems in human history (Babylonians to start with) that uses the sexagesimal counting system. - With an extra video from Numberphile. Then of course division and fractions – concepts of half and quarter. Even ratio and proportion Now to be able to draw the necessary elements of our clock, we need to explore angles. All the angle types like acute, obtuse, right, straight, full … Angle Measurement is a very important skill for kids to grasp in early ages. So, dividing the unit circle to 60 equal pieces would do the job! Circles, radius, diameter are the concepts that we need to communicate. Arcs, center angles, Pi number - sky is the limit! - can definitely be added here. When we put the battery in, the clock starts ticking. That moment is the one that we can start talking about time measurement. We may observe the times when the minute hand and the hour hand come together and all the problems like elapsed time and etc. Here we may watch the "A Brief History of Timekeeping" by SciShow. We can definitely raise this to make a fancy mathematical clock. Pick a number or use the numbers of your birthday and try to express 1- 12 in terms of the number(s) you choose. You can use all the operations you know. Mind the order of operation! With my 8th year old, I am planning to write the number facts next to each number like smallest positive integer for 1, only even prime for 2 or a perfect number for 6... Now our clock is ready to be hanged on the wall with lots of explorations & learnings! Take good care.
- MATH & SCIENCE DAYS TO CELEBRATE
Celebrating birthdays of the great mathematicians and scientists as well as the national and global days related with math & science can motivate kids by increasing their science literacy and their engagement to the content. Those celebrations can be used as an exciting start (warm-up) for that day’s lesson. a part of math & science club curriculum. a mini poster-questions like the ones I have posted above. Click to download poster 1 and 2 a long-term project topic for kids to complete and create a math/science calendar. a collaborative class project for the first lesson of each month. JANUARY 4th of January: Sir Isaac Newton's birthday English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century Resources: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Isaac-Newton 28th of January: National Data Privacy Day Encourage students to clean up their virtual identities and improve their online security measures and learn more about cyber safety and cyber ethics. Resources: Ignition – Digital Citizenship. C-Save FEBRUARY 7th of February: e Day / Euler's Day In mathematics, Euler's constant is the base of the logarithm and is represented by "e" which equals approximately 2.71828. This, naturally, means that Feb. 7th is "e" day – Resources: https://www.wpi.edu/news/euler-s-number-way-celebrate-our-nerdy-side Happy e-day from Wired: https://www.wired.com/2013/02/happy-e-day-what-is-e/ 11th of February: Women in Science Day Celebrate by reading the book “Women in Science” by Rachel Ignotofsky with kids, making an exhibit from the free posters of March for Science Beyond Curie Project by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya making an exhibit from the free posters of NASA https://chandra.harvard.edu/women/index.html#resources List of 70 books 70 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Girls https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13914 ordering the movie of Maryam Mizrakhani “Secrets of the Surface “ from zalafilms 12th of February: Darwin Day The theory of evolution by natural selection that was developed by Charles Darwin revolutionized the study of living things. In his Origin of Species(1859) he provided a scientific explanation of how the diverse species of plants and animals have descended over time from common ancestors. His theory remains central to the foundations of modern biology. Resources https://darwinday.org/ https://britannica.co.uk/blog/darwin-day-2018-activity/ 14th of February: Valentines Day Valentines Day is here only because I have found these math cards on the web. 😁Thanks to Cassandra Valenti (@MathWithMrsV) . Click here for the cards. Science Valentines Cards https://www.education.com/slideshow/valentine-science/ https://www.redtedart.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Chemistry-Valentines-Free.pdf https://laughingsquid.com/evil-mad-scientist-valentines-day-cards-2019/ 15th of February: Galileo Galilei’s birthday A Pioneer in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy Resources https://www.britannica.com/biography/Galileo-Galilei https://earthsky.org/human-world/galileos-birthday-feb-15-1564 19th of February: Nicolaus Copernicus's birthday A Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who sparked the revolution in cosmology that's still going on today Resources: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nicolaus-Copernicus https://earthsky.org/human-world/this-date-in-science-happy-birthday-nicolaus-copernicus 21 - 27 of February: Engineers Week A week-long event that celebrates the advancements made by engineers and raises awareness of the need for skilled engineers. Global Day, a day to specifically celebrate the accomplishments of engineers, falls in this week on Feb. 24th. Resources: http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week MARCH 14th of March: Pi Day and International Math Day Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Resources: https://www.funmathfan.com/pi-day https://www.piday.org/ https://www.idm314.org/ 22nd of March: World Water Day World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. Resources: www.worldwaterday.org Oil Spill Clean Up Simulation Watch the documentary A Plastic Ocean 28th of March: Earth Hour Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people. Watch the video "Rock the World" on YouTube Resources: www.earthhour.org 31st of March: Descartes' Birthday The first modern philosopher is also famous for having made an important connection between geometry and algebra, which allowed for the solving of geometrical problems by way of algebraic equations. APRIL 15th of April: Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthday Several activities, projects, tasks can be done about Da Vinci, understanding his vision and polymath personality is very important in STEAM education. There will be a detailed Da Vinci Section at funmathfan. Coming Soon .. 22nd of April: Earth Day 04.22.2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. Since Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. www.earthday.org 25th of April: DNA Day National DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25. It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. Essay Contest https://www.genome.gov/dna-day April 27-May 3, 2020 Astronomy Week 10 Astronomy events in 2020 30th of April: Gauss' Birthday German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss was so proficient at mathematics that he is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was also talented in other subjects, including cartography, physics, and planetary astronomy https://web.math.rochester.edu/people/faculty/doug/UGpages/gauss.html MAY 4th of May: STAR WARS Day May the Fourth Be with You! NASA and Star Wars connections Make a Light Saber Using Paper Circuits https://www.makerspaces.com/makerspace-project-light-saber-paper-circuits/ Disney and the team behind The Force Awakens have partnered with Code.org to create an easy introduction to coding for kids. Try it for Hour of Code: Star Wars. 11th of May: Salvador Dali's and Richard Feynman's Birthdays Salvador Dali and Mathematics http://mathematics-in-europe.eu/?p=966 Dali's Hypercube: Scientific American , Dali and the 4th Dimension by Thomas F. Banchoff Richard P. Feynman Biographical by the Nobel Prize Feynman Lectures and his official site 12th of May: Women in Mathematics Day (Birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani) May 12 was chosen for the Celebration of Women in Mathematics because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani. Visit https://may12.womeninmaths.org/ for details You can watch the movie Secrets of the Surface " the mathematical vision of Maryam M by visiting this website. 18th of May: Bertrand Russell's Birthday The British philosopher, mathematician, author and Nobel Prize Winner (Literature) Bertrand Russell's birthday can be used to introduce Paradoxes. Visit https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/russell-paradox/ and watch the video from Up and Atom about Russell's Paradox JUNE 5th of June: World Environment Day United Nations leads the organizations and celebrations of WED to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment with a different theme every year since 1974. Visit the official website https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day 2020 theme of WED: Time for Nature - Biodiversity (You can also take the quiz on UN's webpage about biodiversity) 2019 theme of WED: Beat Air Pollution 8th of June: World Oceans Day Around 70% of Earth's surface is covered with oceans. But understanding the right amount of water, we need to calculate the volume of the water not the surface area. Watch the video "All the Water on Earth" to raise awareness for the oceans. You can plan your own event as well as joining one nearby to support the World Oceans Day. Visit the official website http://www.worldoceansday.org/ 13th of June: Nash's Birthday Celebrate the life of the only person who received both the Nobel Prize and Abel Prize. 2015 Abel Prize is for his seminal work in partial differential equations and the 1994 Nobel Prize is for his work in economics. Watch the movie "The Beautiful Mind" where Nash is portrayed by Russel Crowe. The Movie is mostly concentrated on his contributions to Game theory and Economics. Some videos to check out about Game Theory and Prisoner's Dilemma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHS-htjGgSY by SciShow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-D5yoknywM by Up and Atom 17th of June: M.C. Escher's Birthday The Dutch artist Escher is one of the symbols of math and art intersection. He is particularly famous with his tessellations, polyhedra drawings, hyperbolic geometry, or impossible shapes. There is an Escher Museum in DenHag / Holland which displays the great examples of his work. You can visit the Museum's Website and have a VR tour to see some of Escher's great work. Also try the Online Tessellation Applet by shodor.org and to learn more about the tessellations and their properties visit Mathigon's Tessellation Chapter. 19th of June: Blaise Pascal's Birthday He invented one of the first mechanical calculators when he was still a teenager, worked on geometry, probability, physics and theology, and is remembered for naming Pascal’s Triangle For his philosophical approaches watch the video by wireless philosophy and for his inventions, you may watch the video by Da Vinci Kids 23rd of June: Alan Turing's Birthday As one of the most outstanding people in human history, British Mathematician Alan Turing is also a computer scientist, philosopher, code-breaker. His 1950 paper on 'Computing Machinery and Intelligence’ gave birth to todays' concepts of AI and machine learning. Visit the website of Alan Turing Institute in UK. You may also watch the 2014 Movie "The Imitation Game" based on the biography of Alan Turing: The Enigma. 28th of June: Happy Perfect Number Day! Perfect numbers are defined as positive integers that are equal to the sum of all their positive divisors except themselves. 6 = 1+2+3 and 28 = 1+2+4+7+14 Visit the Mathigon's Perfect number chapter to learn about the perfect numbers. JULY 1st of July: Leibniz's Birthday The Universal Genius, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, invented calculus (together with Newton) as well as mechanical calculators, and he was a prominent German polymath and one of the most important logicians, mathematicians and natural philosophers of the Enlightenment. You may watch the video by Crash Course ''Newton vs Leibniz" 22nd of July: 22/7 Pi Approximation Day If 14th of March is not enough for you to celebrate Pi, you may continue to celebrate on the best approximation day too. You may watch the video by Draw Curiosity about the different approximations of Pi. AUGUST 4th of August: John Venn's Birthday English mathematician and logician John Venn was born in 1834. He is especially famous for introducing the "Venn diagrams" used in set theory and logic. Venn Diagram uses circles to visually and logically sort groups to illustrate their relationships to each other. SEPTEMBER 8th of September: Marin Mersenne's Birthday Although he was a famous polymath contributed many different fields from math to music, he is best known with his discovery about prime numbers. Mersenne Primes are the numbers that can be written in the form Mn = 2^n − 1 where n is a prime. The first four Mersenne primes are M2 = 3, M3 = 7, M5 = 31 and M7 = 127. You can visit the website https://www.mersenne.org/ and join the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS). 17th of September: Riemann's Birthday Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann as a German mathematician who made contributions to analysis, number theory, and differential geometry. Riemann Integral, his work on Fourier Series and Riemann Surfaces are one of the most influential works of mathematics. Solving the Riemann Hypothesis is called "the hardest way to earn a million dollars"! You may want to watch the related Numberphile video. There is also a more advanced video by MoMath "Math Encounters - Primes and Zeros: A Million-Dollar Mystery" 22nd of September: Michael Faraday's Birthday His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, magnetism and electrolysis. Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most influential scientists in history. Albert Einstein kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall, alongside pictures of Newton and Maxwell. You may watch the videos from OpenMind and SciShow to talk about Faraday OCTOBER 4-10 October: World Space Week: This year the theme is “Satellites Improve Life.” In 2021, World Space Week celebrates “Women in Space.” Week of 4 - 10 October is declared as World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition” You may visit the official website http://www.worldspaceweek.org/ 9-15 October: Earth Science Week: Earth Science Week 2020 Theme is 'Earth Materials in Our Lives'. You may visit the official website http://www.earthsciweek.org/ and choose an activity categorized according to the different grade levels. There are also different contests like essay, photograph, visual arts and video that each grade level can join. NOVEMBER 7th of November: Marie Curie's Birthday Marie Curie is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, in Physics. She also became the first person to claim Nobel honors twice in different fields (Chemistry). With her husband, they discovered polonium and radium, and she led the development of X-rays and treatment of cancer. Watch the video by SciShow about Curie. There is also a 2019 movie called Radioactive starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie. Some of her famous quotes: "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood." "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." 10th of November: Ada Lovelace Day English mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace is also one of the first computer programmers. She is the daughter of famous poet Lord Byron. In her notes, Ada Lovelace explained the difference between the Analytical Engine and previous calculating machines, particularly its ability to be programmed to solve problems of any complexity. She was aware of the potential of the device extended far beyond mere number crunching they can be used to solve advanced algorithms. You may watch the videos by Da Vinci TV and SciShow to learn more about Ada Lovelace. 23rd of November: Fibonacci Day November 23rd, corresponds to the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence 11.23 = 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 - 8 - 13 - 21 - 34 - ... This pattern of counting means that each number is the sum of the previous two. DNA patterns and hurricanes contain patterns showing this sequence. It is referred as the “nature’s secret code” . Some say the famous Apple logo's design is based on the Fibonacci series too. Visit the website by Dreambox OR Mensa for Kids to celebrate the Fibonacci Day DECEMBER 7 - 13 December: Computer Science Education/Hour of Code Week Visit the official websites to raise awareness about the Computer Science and coding. CS Ed Week: www.csedweek.org Hour of Code: http://hourofcode.com/us You can promote computer science locally, host a CS Tech Jam or bring Hour of Code to your classroom. Remember that, even if you cannot provide computers or tablets for everyone, you can use Computer Science Unplugged Activities to introduce the concepts of CS without using computers. 27th of December: Kepler’s Birthday Kepler was a German teacher, astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer. He is best known for his laws of planetary motion. Watch the video about his three laws of planetary motion. You can visit the Nasa's education website for the activity "Exploring Exoplanets with Kepler"
- Secrets of the Surface
The world premiere screening of Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani will take place on Friday, January 17, 2020, at 5:15 – 6:45 pm, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Denver, Colorado. In 2014, Maryam Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored with the Fields Medal. The award committee cited her work in "the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". You can watch the preview from http://www.zalafilms.com/secrets/
- STEAM Library | MATH FAN
S.T.E.A.M Section of the Library Science - Technology - Engineering - Art - Math BOOKS Creating a cozy corner at the library or in the classrooms for STEAM books is to motivate kids is a good idea. To update the books what you have or to create such a corner, there are some easy ways to choose the right books. already There are two leading math books prizes for kids; The first one is MATHICAL This prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them. Award-winning books are selected by a nationwide committee of mathematicians like MSRI, NCTM, NCTE, CBC, educators, librarians, early childhood experts, and others. 1/8 The Books that I can recommend for (everyone) every STEM Teacher to read, to get inspired and learned from... The ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE Another one is The Royal Society is founded on 28 November 1660 as the UK's National Academy of Sciences with the motto of "Nullius in Verba", is Latin for " . Take nobody's word for it The Royal Society awards two prizes each year for the best books communicating science to non-specialists and young people. So by checking the website of the Royal Society, you can get recommendations for the kids an for yourself. You can even see the shortlisted books belong to the previous years. Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. and Young People's Book Prize MOVIES SECTION OF THE STEAM LIBRARY S.T.E.A.M related inspiring Movies and Documentaries
- Math Classes | MATH FAN
MATH CLASSROOM IDEAS Seeing the Classroom from a Student’s Perspective Hospital-like classrooms with grey walls and white ceiling can make everyone unmotivated to learn. Can you imagine yourself going one room to another designed as boring as the previous one? According to Cheryn et. al. (2014) “… scientific studies reveal the unexpected importance of a classroom’s symbolic features, such as objects and wall décor, in influencing student learning and achievement in that environment. Symbols inform students whether they are valued learners and belong within the classroom, with far-reaching consequences for students’ educational choices and achievement.” The only true rule for a creative classroom is that it accommodates a number of learning approaches. So the real focus is the flexibility of the class design. Versatile seating options, mobile furniture and welcoming classroom displays are all coming together to allow for independent, partner, group and collaborative learning. Here are some tips for a creative classroom design; Choose furniture that can be easily moved - classroom spaces should be FLEXIBLE, rather than static Designate different areas of the room to be used for varied learning activities Decorate with the students’ artwork, poetry, or projects. This helps them to find their place in the class community, and to feel ownership over the space. Resources: https://www.edu-quip.co.uk/blog/why-is-classroom-design-so-important https://learnwelleducation.com/classroom-design-for-effective-instruction/ http://ilabs.washington.edu/sites/default/files/14Cheryan_etal_Meltzoff_Designing%20Classrooms.pdf I can recommend two websites to try different seating arrangements for your classroom. and Classroom Architect Class Set-up Tool Square Ceiling Tiles Creating small posters for each square tile is the easiest to start with. You can use those tiles for as word-walls as well as for the mini-posters to inspire your students. Below, it is an example of the ceiling transformation. Click here for the prints of square ceiling tiles of the math classrooms. There are sixty-one different tile posters in the file as a pdf document. Math Classroom Walls & Doors even Floors.. I believe, even in a school, each math classroom has to be different than one another to give the students different mathematics experiences. The rooms can also be designed according to the subjects or grade levels. Each room can mention a different non-curricular math topic to inspire kids to search more to show that math is not limited with their course books. One room can have the list of real life applications of math, another can have a timeline of important mathematical events whereas the other one may have the mathematicians that the students are familiar with. If those displays can be designed by the students, students will definitely develop ownership over the subject and classroom they live everyday. A timeline of Mathematics created by the students as a project over a year Grid Walls We all remember using graph papers as our math notebooks instead of blank or lined ones like for the other lessons. Now think of a math classroom whose walls are square and isometric grids as well, I believe this needs to be the normal of a math class. To be able to have such walls, We printed wall-size Coordinate Plane, Square grids and Isometric grids as like a wall paper and then covered them with a , so the walls with grids transformed to huge math - specialized whiteboards. With a little trick like this, we re-defined the students learning experience and make the teacher's life far more easier. Since we can use all the walls as the white board, the students can work on those together to eneble us to develop more whiteboard paint collaborative tasks to enrich our lesson designs. You may also realize the floor designs in the photos. There are lots of things in the internet you can print and use as floor stickers, is a good idea to stick on the floor in front of the coordinate plane. Mr Slope Guy Doors to Welcome Students You can start giving clues about the theme of your classroom with an inspiring door design. I chose the Movie " Matrix " as a theme of my classroom, whereas another math teacher who is also a famous travel blogger (IG: @nilyesiliyollar) designed her class door with a world map shows the places of the math museums all around the world. MATRIX THEME "I can only show you the door to MATH, You are the one that has to walk through it" TRAVEL THEME A door that shows math museums all around the world .. BOOK COVER Introducing the recommended books as the cover for the doors PI NUMBER Any better way to get familiar with the decimal expansion of famous PI- Number
- Street Math | MATH FAN
STREET MATH ACTIVITIES The Math Festival brings together all our community to inspire each other and challenge participants of all ages to see math in new and exciting ways. The MATH Festival is organized around a theme each year featuring Street Math Activities, opening ceremony with the music and dance shows, math talks, interdisciplinary activities, performances, puzzles, mind games, peer activities, book fair, pi day meal and activities and a variety of competitions.