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Thursday, January 24, 2013

CSI: Geometry is coming together!!

Feverishly writing and researching I've added quite a few products to the popular CSI collection! I still have a ways to go to publish a new eBook, but I do have 7 new Geometry puzzles. Learn some geometry while learning a bit about the world and crime scene investigation!





We start the adventure in South Africa home to the Vuvuzela and learn some of the Foundations of Geometry!

Students go to France to practice Deductive Reasoning Skills


then travel to the Caribbean for Triangle Practice


after a nice tan they go to Canada for some Similarity and Proportion problems


after a losing the nice tan they travel to India, one of the many home of Trigonometry



from there it is off to England to investigate their fascination with Circles


and most recently students will refine Area skills in the Second City, Chicago


Each of the puzzles have the same structure and can make some engaging learning that gets away from a drill and kill worksheet! Check out the previews on TPT you can see everything! Except the answer key (I think 2/3 of my blog traffic is students looking for answers to the projects :-)

You can get the Interactive & Customizable Version of CSI Geometry at my NextLesson.org store and optionally customize it for your needs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nelson Mandela -- Systems of Equations Person Puzzle



Back with more, we have the next 21st Century Math Project Algebra 1 puzzle the one and only, freedom fighter -- Nelson Mandela! 


Eliminate Systems... while learning about eliminating systems!
Name: Person Puzzle -- Nelson Mandela
Suggested Grade Level: 7-12 (Algebra, Prealgebra skills)
Teaching Duration: 10-30 minutes
Cost: $0.75 for a 2 Page PDF (1 assignments and answer key) 


Although seen by some as a controversial figure, nobody can deny the life story and work of one, Nelson Mandela. A beloved figure by many, Mandela is an individual that has certainly changed the world and now... he's in a Person Puzzle!!!
Hello, I'm a certified ninja
apartheid destroyer! And now
I'm a Person Puzzle. Learn about me

And do some systems of equations practice! It would work great in a middle school or high school class!



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Person Puzzles -- Cesar Chavez -- Order of Operations


The most anxiously awaited 21st Century Math Project Algebra 1 puzzle unveiling of 2013! Come on down, Cesar Chavez! 


Farm Workers of America, Unite!
Name: Person Puzzle -- Cesar Chavez
Suggested Grade Level: 7-12 (Algebra, Prealgebra skills)
Teaching Duration: 10-30 minutes
Cost: $0.75 for a 2 Page PDF (1 assignments and answer key) 


Cesar Chavez is one of those recognizable names that people seem to know, but have no idea who he actually was. Help all of your student understand what it means to take a stand for what is right, how to take action on an issue, and represent their entire culture in the face of all adversity! 

And do some order of operations practice! It would work great in a middle school or high school class (maybe even some smartie 5th graders). 


I am Cesar Chavez and I approve this so
long as no human or animal rights were
violated in the process of making this
puzzle, I'm okay with it. 



Sunday, January 6, 2013

Free for 3, Boomdiggy

SORRY, but this GIVEAWAY IS OVER. 
Follow me on Pinterest for future discounts and stuff. It looks like a few teachers took me up on this offer. Hope this fits into your classroom!



I love being able to give away free stuff to loyal mathematician blog followers and other middle and high school math project enthusiasts so here we are again! In celebration of getting started with my next set of projects, I need to give some stuff away.

Here are the rules:
1. You must have swagg.
2. You have the next three hours to go to my store: 21st Century Math Projects and find...
No automatic link! You have to search!
3. You will notice you can download it for free. 
4. Please check it out and if you can leave feedback that will make you extra awesome.

5. FOLLOW ME on Pinterest for future discounts and such!

Get 2013 started in style. Math it Up! Boomdiggy!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

CSI: Geometry -- International STEM Project


Back for more!
Nothing like a good criminal investigation to liven up number sense geometry with a 21st Century Math Project! I'm happy to announce that my most popular project is getting a sequel! The CSI Algebra eBook will soon be joined by CSI Geometry. (And the 21st Century Math Project Groupies go "whoooaaa". *Wave their hands in the air*)

Like my Algebra projects, students will work in teams to investigate the culprit of six fictional thefts. The criminal has left six messages, layered with geometry practice. Teams will work to build a case and present their findings to the court. Hopefully they are convincing enough to win the verdict.

Name: CSI: Geometry – Shapes, Lines & Angles (Unit 1)
Suggested Grade Level: 7-12 (Primarily Geometry math skills)
Math Concepts: Distance and Midpoint, Perimeter, Polygons, Writing Equations of Lines, Parallel Lines
Interdisciplinary Connections: South African Culture and History, Social Studies
Teaching Duration: 2-5 Days with Optional Jury Presentation
Cost: $5 for a 12 Page PDF and Answer Key 

The Product: Students build a criminal case versus a suspect using evidence from six “crime scenes”. Optional: Jury Presentation of Evidence in front of the class.

What?! I can be engaged for two
years now? With rigorous practice?
Pinch me!
CSI: Algebra quickly became my most popular 21st Century Math Project on TPT and remains on the top. I’ve shared my projects with a number of teachers, but no lessons get them giddy like my CSI Projects. There’s just something innate and fun about solving the puzzles and solving the crime. And with Math!

I had fans (well 4 or 5 people) ask my about when I'd expand the puzzles to other courses. So I have used my winter break to dive face-first into Geometry. 



The big three!
In this episode of CSI: Geometry, students are taken through a unique set of heists across South Africa which allows an exploration in their rich culture and geography. Students will unearth convex diamonds, travel cross country and calculate a counterstrike futbol play! 

Bring your own vuvuzela to school!





This project would fit nicely into a Middle School or high school Geometry class. I find that these serve well as Chapter Reviews before Tests. Do be careful about how you assign it though, given the problems unique nature, students can be confused about what to do. Given the level of your class you can drop hints and differentiate as needed. My guarantee, you’re best, nerdiest math students will love it!
I'll burn your classroom to the 
ground! You are making my kids
request rigor and engagement!

If you dig this CSI Project, you’ll find plenty more like it @ 21st Century Math Project

Keep your eyes open for the second ever Free for Three, Boomdiggy post. For three hours, I will make a surprise item in my store free. If you show up at the three hours and two minute mark, you will pay -- literally. It'd be super awesome if you'd follow me on Pinterest and extra amazing fantastic if you put a review on TPT!
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