Use the Date to Encourage More Math Thinking in
Middle and Elementary School
How Can You Use Math in Writing the Date?
In 2015, I started adding a little extra math into my classes, homeroom and last period (homeroom students again) - by using the date! I had done this years ago, but hadn't used the idea in a while, so I brought it back to my middle school math classroom in two ways
Math and the Date Method 1:
1) Use all the digits in the date to create an equation. The digits should stay in the same order they are in the date, and any operation signs can be added in between any digits. The equal sign can also be placed between any digits.
Digits can be used as exponents, as in the example shown, and you can add square roots signs if you can find a way to use them.
Math and the Date Method 2:
The other way I used the date was to write the date so students have to evaluate an expression for each number in the date.
It's been fun to see some students writing these in the corner of their notebooks during class! Others have asked to write their equations or expressions on the board during the last period of the day.
Five Benefits of Using Math Dates
What I love about these ideas is that they:
* Students can evaluate the expressions (using the bar as a
division sign - a student did this on his own one day!)
* If you happen to make a "mistake," students can find it and
6. EXTRA Math Benefits
Other fabulous benefits of using the Math Dates. You can:
Introduce Math Concepts
Where Can You Find Math Dates Created for You?
At this time, I post math dates at the beginning of every week on Instagram (always on Instagram) and Facebook (most weeks on FB), so if you'd like to use them, I hope you'll follow me on one of those platforms (if you aren't already).
I created Math Dates resources for you to use throughout the year - these have been published by individual months and as a year-long resource on TPT. I've added nearly a year of dates for upper elementary math as well.
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