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End of Year Activities 2022

Introduction

As the school year comes to an end, below are some activities, tasks, and lessons that might help keep students engaged and active in math class. Visit mathigon.org/pd to learn about creating classes, adding students, sharing Polypads, and more.

Timeline of Mathematics Scavenger Hunt

The Timeline of Mathematics at mathigon.org/timeline is a wonderful place to explore some of the greatest mathematicians and some of the biggest mathematical discoveries in history. In this scavenger hunt, students search the timeline for a variety of mathematicians and artifacts.

Timeline of Mathematics Scavenger Hunt - Mathigon
The Timeline of Mathematics at mathigon.org/timeline is a wonderful place to explore some of the greatest mathematicians and some of the biggest mathematical discoveries in history. In this scavenger hunt, students search the timeline for a variety of mathematicians and artifacts. The document below has 40 items for students to find on the timeline.

Quick Games and Class Openers

Class Openers and Math Talks - Mathigon
Class Openers and Math Talks are quick whole-class or small-group activities that can be used anytime during a math class to engage students in mathematical discussion and exploration. The activities below can be used with all ages of students. Do you have ideas of your own to add to this list?

Polypad Puzzles

Genius Square

Genius Square - Mathigon
Spin all spinners. Hold down the shift key to select all spinners at once and then click "Randomise" at the bottom of the screen. Place the 7 black squares in the squares shown on the spinner. Use the 7 pieces to fill in the board.

Genius Star

Genius Star - Mathigon
Spin all spinners. Hold down the shift key to select all spinners at once and then click "Randomise" at the bottom of the screen. Place the 7 gray triangles in the triangles shown on the spinner. Use the 11 pieces to fill in the board.

Puzzle of the Day

Puzzle of the Day - Mathigon
Use the 8 pieces to cover up everything except the current month and current day. For example, below is a solution for October 6: Original Game Board At this Polypad below, use the spinners to create a random day to use for the puzzle.

Mondrian Rectangles

Mondrian's Rectangles - Mathigon
In this lesson, students will explore the artistic style of Piet Mondrian while working on the Mondrian Art Puzzle by Gordon Hamilton. You may start by introducing Piet Mondrian and his famous artworks. When Mondrian made his paintings, he would always mix his own colors, never using the paint directly out of a tube.

Polypad Tasks

Students Create Their Own Puzzles

In these tasks, students create their own puzzles for their classmates to solve.

Building Tangram Puzzles - Mathigon
In this lesson, students will make their own Tangram puzzle to share with their classmates. They will then take time to work on solving the puzzles created by their classmates. A variety of content connections for a range of grade-levels are described further in the lesson plan.
Building Balance Scale Puzzle - Mathigon
In this lesson, students create a balance scale puzzle for their classmates to solve. Students will use algebraic thinking as they maintain equality on the balance scale to both create their own puzzle and solve the puzzles created by their classmates. Below are two examples of balance scale puzzles.

Art Explorations

Engage students with a variety of explorations related to mathematics and art.

Tessellations - Mathigon
In this exploration, students will use the polygons on Polypad to create regular and semi-regular tessellations. They also create their own tessellating design. Students will also also create their tessellating design by transforming the regular polygons using Escher-like techniques. This activity can be extended using reptiles, spidrons, sphinx, Penrose tilings, and kite-square activities to design a longer unit.
Fractals - Mathigon
In this unit, students will explore different types of fractals. This unit contains seven different activities. The first three activities emphasize the self-similarity property of fractals, whereas the rest will make students explore the fractals' fractional (non-integer) dimensions. In mathematics, shapes that have self-similarity are called fractals.
Isometric Drawings: Part I - Mathigon
In this lesson, students will construct three-dimensional figures using unit cubes on the isometric grid to generate the isometric views of the figures. It is not easy to draw 3D objects on paper. To do this, we create a view of the object on the paper (the 2D plane) This is called a projection.

Mathigon Activities

Play Factris! Create a fun competition to see who can get the highest score.

Factris - Mathigon
Factris is a classic risk reward high score game. Just like in Tetris, you have to arrange falling blocks using the arrow keys, and when you fill an entire row, it disappears to make space for new blocks. However, there are two key differences: The blocks are always rectangles of varying sizes.

Solve some Tangram puzzles! See how many students can complete.

Tangram Builder - Mathigon
There are countless different shapes that can be created using the seven Tangram tiles. What can you come up with?

Do your middle and high school students enjoy solving puzzles? Explore the Mathigon Puzzle Calendar.

Puzzle Calendars - Mathigon
A selection of our favourite mathematical puzzles and problems. Most are simple to explain, but the solutions require clever and unconventional thinking.

Visit the Mathigon Activities Page to view more.

Share Your Own Ideas

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