Math = Love: Five Things Friday: Volume 18

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To celebrate the last Friday of the school year (not that I’m counting down or anything!), here are five things we’ve been up to lately in my classroom.

1. We made ice cream in a bag as our last lab of the year in Chemistry. My students were pretty skeptical that the process would actually result in ice cream, and they were pleasantly surprised as a result. One student brought in M&M’s and Heath bits as topping. Super yummy!

Here’s our recipe if you’re interested:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla

Squish together in a ziploc bag. Put bag in larger bag (or in our case a plastic tub) with ice and salt. Shake 10-15 minutes until ice cream hardens.

During the shaking/waiting process, we had a discussion about freezing point depression and the chemistry of ice cream making since we didn’t actually get to that chapter this year.

My algebra classes were super jealous that they didn’t get to make ice cream as well!

2. Thanks to all the events that seem to be scheduled for the last full week of school, attendance has been all over the place. As a result, I decided to pull out some of the games from my filing cabinet that this year’s class has not had a chance to see yet. One of those games was Manifest by Frank Tapson. The math is super simple because it only relies on a knowledge of place value and comparing numbers. But discovering a strategy to win the game can take some trial and error!

3. We also played a few rounds of Quadrum. This is a micro game that I discovered via Twitter earlier this year. It was created by a game company in Australia and originally sold through a Kickstarter campaign. I purchased a pdf version of the game to print myself for $2 AUD on Veldi Games’ website. I’ve been meaning to write a full post about this game with a thorough review, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. The game only has 24 cards, so the rounds are relatively quick.

4. Another favorite from last year that got pulled out of the filing cabinet was Cover Up by Frank Tapson. Kids always really like this one because it involves rolling dice! It was a great follow-up to a few games of Blocko that we played earlier in the week! The natural conversations occurring about probability were awesome!

5. My chemistry students tackled the game of Izzi (affiliate link) one day when the majority of the class was missing due to Senior Tea plus some other event that I can’t even remember now. My students remain unconvinced that there could be almost a zillion solutions.



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