February 14th kicked off I Love Math month for my kids! I learned about this idea in a session at #NCTMRegional2017 in Orlando.

Here is the list of events and slides. I used components from Youcubed’s Inspirational Maths Week, visual patterns, Clothesline Math and 7th grade concepts you are reviewing.

Day 2 created a buzz within the room as students worked in groups to create equations which would result in a solution of x = 4. Students were given the added incentive of creating a complex equation which I defined as an equation which included fractions or decimals, were multi-step and/or used the distributive property.

Each group chose one equation to share with the class in which everyone worked to prove or disprove the solution of x = 4. Below are some of the equations shared within 3 of my 4 classes.

Things were so intense with selecting a winning team in my 4th academic class I needed the math AP to come and select the winning equation.

To see students so excited about mathematics was very encouraging and completely worth the 5-15 minutes spent each day during I Love Math month!

Video of Day 2 equation sharing

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As a selective school teacher I think it is really important to make math fun, i work with 6 th graders In Australia and math can actually be really difficult to grasp. So by including games and competitions it could become interesting and less fearful for these students.