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IHWH Slope-Intercept and Point Slope Form

Necessity is the mother of invention today.  Last Thursday, my projector died.  State testing for my students is today and tomorrow.  (Some classes today…other classes tomorrow…)  It seemed like a good time for a sponge activity.

Enter my variation on the I have… Who has… game.IHWH Intro Equations

My game is a little bit different in that it does not make a loop with the entire class.  I like the idea of having them find their partners, and then doing eliminations each round.


Let’s have a fun Friday!

This is the Friday before my birthday.  It’s my personal policy to not assign homework on my birthday.  So what did we do?

Intro:  We played 1, 2, 3 Switch from Tom DeRosa.  I’ve played this game with my students every year, and I always get mixed results.  In the past, students have been really confused about how to handle the K, Q, J, and A cards, so I went ahead and printed number cards for each student.  (This also stops them from trying to play other card games…another problem I’ve encountered.)  I have some changes to the cards that I’d like to make…but when I do, I will share them.

This year, the game execution was flawless and everyone knew how to play.  My 1st hour class loved the game, and I could tell that some of them were going to take it home and play it this weekend.  I brought out my camera and took pictures of them happily playing cards.  This weekend I hope to print out some of the pictures and hang them up in my classroom.  4th hour, however, were not fans.  Some of them whined and asked me to magically conjure a worksheet instead.  My paraprofessional and I had a good laugh over their behavior.  After all…how dare we ask them to play a game?

I asked myself if maybe I’d done a better job ‘selling’ the game to 1st hour…but I really think this one comes down to student attitude…because 7th hour liked the game just fine!

Physics:  I bought inexpensive little stomp rockets from  Whenever I do an activity like this, it’s hard to say whether or not the students will buy-in until we try it.  When the rockets showed up at my place, I used my high-schooler sister as a test subject, and we shot the rockets at my mother’s house.  I had more fun than I thought I would, and I figured that this would be a safe and easy way to play with projectiles in a school setting.  It was about 34 degrees during lab time today and we walked to a park a few blocks away.  I had each student stomp the rocket 3 times, and with the help of their group, they measured the airtime and the horizontal distance traveled.  On Monday, we are going to estimate other properties of the rocket’s flight using algebra.  If this part of the lesson is successful, I will share the lesson here.

I took so many pictures of my two physics classes.  I was trying to capture the actual rocket launch, but I often missed and got a picture of teenagers staring straight up into the sky.  (Which are funny enough to send to the yearbook!)

I still have my usual round of Friday grading to do, but it was a good day!

Let’s Play Taboo!

So Wednesday is an early day…and picture day…and there’s an assembly in there too!

It really doesn’t pay to jump into anything new with physics, so I created a Taboo-style game that should last all year.

They’re all fancy and laminated and I’m super proud!

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When my class plays tomorrow, they will have 1 minute to talk or act in such a way that will cause the team to say the goal word.  My classes are about 15 students each, so we’ll have three teams and half an hour to play.  I went through my whole physics book and ended up with about 200 cards to cover the entirety of the class.  Since we’re only in Chapter 2, my groups will be playing with about 60 cards tomorrow.  I think it will really help to just add in more cards throughout the year.

I’ve included my template at the bottom; here’s how to make one of your own:

Step 1:  Look in your textbook’s glossary.

Step 2:  Make important terms your “Goal Words.”  (You can use pop culture figures too!)

Step 3:  Pick 4 words that you don’t want your students to say during their turn.  (I laughed more than I should have when I decided that they can’t say Bow Tie when talking about Bill Nye…)

Powerpoint File


Finished Physics Taboo Game (More than 100 cards!)