This page is a resource bank to keep focused on the mathematical practices. Beginning with rich math tasks, my hope is to ground classes in tasks that engage students with mathematics. I also begin classes with a variety of openers to immediately capture the attention of students and have them “dive” into math.

First – read Fawn Nguyen’s posts on problem solving. Read it again and return to periodically!

Search Engines & Maps

The search for mathematics tasks that provide a low-entry and a high exit…

- Dan Meyer’s 3-Act Math Tasks
- Andrew Stadel’s 3-Act Math Tasks
- Mr. Orr’s 3-Act Lessons
- Robert Kaplinsky Lessons
- Nathan Kraft’s Virtual Filing Cabinet
- Sam Shah’s Virtual Filing Cabinet
- Reason and Wonder (3 Act, Desmos and more)
- Tap into Teen Minds
- Mathalicious (subscription needed)
- Yummy Math
- NRICH – University of Cambridge
- Shell Centre – Mathematics Assessment Project – a collection of tasks and problems aligned to the Practices

Working on the Practices

Class Opening Cycle based upon the day. My school is currently on a six-day cycle and I see my students for math every other day. My current opening practice depends on the day of the week and generally follows the schedule below. As such, over a two-week period, students typically get one of each opener. (Note: the Day E is part of the rotation. On this day, I will provide students with a problem to do over the week. Each “Day E” a problem is due and a problem is started.)

- Monday- Graphing Story / Graph of the week
- Tuesday- visual patterns
- Wednesday- Estimation 180
- Thursday- mental math / math talk / dot problems
- Friday- reflection in relation to math practices
- Day E – Problem of the Cycle

Resources for many of the 8 Mathematical Practices

**Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. **

**Reason abstractly and quantitatively.**

- Estimation 180 – provides lots of situations that allow students to estimate
- 101 Questions

**Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.**

**Model with mathematics.**

**Use appropriate tools strategically.**

- Desmos Graphing Calculator
- Desmos Activity Builder
- Bank of Activities
- teacher.desmos.com
- Teacher created activities: http://jennvadnais.com/desmos-activities/

- Geogebra
- Math Forum – Math Tool Library
- Mathematical Simulations with PhET
- Vernier Logger Pro

**Attend to precision.**

*~Still searching. Links / suggestions appreciated.*

**Look for and make use of structure.**

*~Still searching. Links / suggestions appreciated.*

**Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.**