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
How to Use Math With the Date, Method 1:
To include more math in the middle school class, use all the digits in the date to create an equation.
How to Use Math With the Date, Method 2:
The other way I used the date to include more math in the classroom 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 including math ideas is that they:
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?
Update: I used to post the dates on Instagram every week, but starting this fall (2021) they will be posted in my Facebook group and will be sent to those in my email community. Feel free to join my group or subscribe to my emails:-)
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 a year of dates for upper elementary math as well.
How do you include more math in the middle school classroom?
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