**Fraction Fun**

I got the idea for this activity after purchasing a Valentine's themed set of stations about operations with fractions from Lindsay Perro on TeachersPayTeachers.
I took her stations on ordering decimals and ordering fractions and printed out 3 sets of the hearts (red, pink and white). Then I attached each heart to a clothespin and set up clothesline all around the room. After mixing all three sets all around the room I assigned teams. Each team was asked to collect all of the fractions of their color and order them from least to greatest. When they finished that step and got the ok, they gathered their decimals and matched each fraction with it's equivalent decimal. So much fun! |

**Monopoly and Line of Best Fit**

This was a great way to show my Algebra students the idea of linear regression. We compared the cost of Monopoly properties to their distances around the board from GO. The properties closest to GO like Mediterranean cost $60, whereas Boardwalk costs $400. The railroads thrown in there make for great outliers to show the students that we're coming up with a Line of Best Fit, not a line that goes through every single point.

Here are the resources I used for this activity:

http://algebrafunsheets.com/blog/?attachment_id=904

Here are the resources I used for this activity:

http://algebrafunsheets.com/blog/?attachment_id=904

**Doll Diving**

This is my version of the Barbie (c) Bungee. I originally learned about this lesson at an International Baccalaureate Conference.

http://www.ibo.org/general/who.cfm

The students use rubber bands and throw Barbie off of our balcony to give her the thrill of her life. The number of rubber bands compared to height of her fall is close to a linear equation. Students collect data, write an equation of the line of best fit, and use their line to make a prediction about how many rubber bands it will take for Barbie to come close to hitting the ground, but not crack her head open.

http://www.ibo.org/general/who.cfm

The students use rubber bands and throw Barbie off of our balcony to give her the thrill of her life. The number of rubber bands compared to height of her fall is close to a linear equation. Students collect data, write an equation of the line of best fit, and use their line to make a prediction about how many rubber bands it will take for Barbie to come close to hitting the ground, but not crack her head open.

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**Scale Art**

In this project, students are asked to take a famous piece of art and increases its size by a scale factor of at least three. The extra challenge is that each piece of art is divided into 2-4 pieces and each student only gets a portion of the original. The more accurate their measurements, the better it will match up with the pieces their teammates are creating.

The students take their portion of the original and measure its length and width. They multiply those measurements by the scale factor and then cut a piece of poster board using the new length and width. Students then create a grid on the original, and another grid (using the scale factor) on the poster board and begin to recreate the work of art square by square.

The students take their portion of the original and measure its length and width. They multiply those measurements by the scale factor and then cut a piece of poster board using the new length and width. Students then create a grid on the original, and another grid (using the scale factor) on the poster board and begin to recreate the work of art square by square.

**Geogami - Polyhedron**

Right before our winter break, I take a few days to teach my students how to fold unit cells which can later be used to put together into various polyhedron (3d objects). The 7th levels make cubes and stellated octahedrons (8 points like a star) and some 8th level students take on the challenge of creating stellated icosahedrons (20 points like a star).

As you can imagine, they LOVE it!

As you can imagine, they LOVE it!