The 7th graders showed some great Halloween spirit this year by dressing in some fabulous costumes. In Math 7 we enjoyed Halloween by playing spooky music as we worked and enjoying a game of Trasketball, courtesy of Carlos and his 5th grade teacher Ms. Kempski. Early in the year Carlos explained this game to me. “We do math problems and when we get them right we get to wad up the paper and try to get a basket by throwing them in a bin.” I went to his teacher and asked about it. She shared its name and told me to check it out online. I didn’t but went by Carlos’ description and her info and adapted it for the day. Here’s how we played.
I played Halloween music and had the kids roam the classroom. Whenever the music stopped they had to partner with the closest person. I did this a few times to let them get their energy out and enjoy the wandering time. Then, once partnered they created addition problems for integers. Partner A made a problem for partner B. Partner B solved it on their paper and Partner A checked it using the calculator (we’re learning both how to do these problems on paper and how to do them with a calculator so this activity worked on both). If partner B gets it right they get to take one of the extra papers from our Module 1 stuff (destined for recycling) and toss it into one of 3 basketball “hoops” wrapped in Halloween lights. There were one point toss points and 2 point toss points. Prizes for beating your partner: bragging rights! The kids had fun with it and I can see a lot of other opportunities to use a version of this. I did get a short video from period 9 which is probably why I forgot to take their picture!
In Pre-Algebra we had Nico’s mom, Nana come in to work with us while we did an activity about income tax. The kids assumed Halloween jobs like “Dracula’s Dentist” and they calculated the income taxes that they’d be charged based on their salary. This was tricky work and started to lead us down a big conversation path. If only we had time for debate in math!! The kids had a good time with this and we appreciated Nana spending her morning with us. A bonus – she even dressed up!! This one day activity kicked off our unit on percents and percent equations.
I forgot to take a picture in period 9. I was SO bummed!! Here are pictures of the rest of the kids in costume.