It's tough to give instant feedback or to craft a lesson where students discover math and science.

Wouldn't it be great to have a resource for that?

For free?

Resources gathered by Matt Vaudrey with copious, sourced thanks to the #MTBoS 


Part 1: What’s a Desmos?

A

It’s a Graphing Calculator

Elementary

Middle School

High School

Fancy High School

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Now, either make a fresh graph at desmos.com/calculator

Or check out learn.desmos.com to continue your learning!

B

It’s a game called Polygraph

Hexagons

C

It’s an Activity Builder

Middle School         Lego Prices

Early-High School          Parabola Slalom

 Upper High School        Sketchy Derivatives

teacher.desmos.com


        

Part 2: Some of my Favorites
(this list gets longer every week)

Got an idea for an activity?

Or maybe I’m forgetting one of your favorites?

Email me and tell me about it.

Title

Type

Grade Levels

Content

Author
(Twitter)

Welcome to Desmos Activity Builder

Activity Builder

All

General

Nickolas Corley

Kittens!

Polygraph

All

Adorable

Denis Lantsman

Digit Domination

Polygraph

TK-5

Math/Numeracy

John Stevens

Polygraph: Animals

Polygraph

TK-5

Adorable

Christie Harrison

10 Frame Addition

Activity Builder: Marbleslides

K-2

Math/Numeracy

Jenn Vadnais

Teen Numbers

Activity Builder:
Card Sort

K-2

Math/Numeracy

Michael Wiernicki

3 Digit Place Value

Polygraph

K-2

Math/Numeracy

Amber Denbo

Telling Time

Activity Builder

2-3

Numeracy

Annie Forest

Lines of Symmetry

Activity Builder

2-4

Shapes/Geometry

Annie Forest

Polygraph: Multiplication Practice

Polygraph

3-5

Math

Trina Brown

Triangle Card Sort

Activity Builder:
Card Sort

3-4

Shapes/Geometry

Graham Fletcher

Polygraph: Hexagons

Polygraph

3-10

Math/Geometry

Desmos

Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Activity Builder:
Card Sort

4-8

Math

Jessica Breur

Fractions on a Number Line

Activity Builder

4-9

Math

Nathan Kraft

Nets, Solids, and 2D Figures

Polygraph

4-10

Math/Geometry

Andrea Eldridge

La Ropa

Polygraph

4-12

Spanish

Jedidah Butler

The (Awesome) Coordinate Plane Activity

Activity Builder

5-9

Math

Nathan Kraft

Laser Challenge

Activity Builder

5-9

Math/Angles

Desmos

Exploring Quadrilateral Area with Geoboards

Activity Builder

5-10

Math/Geometry

Desmos

Point Collector

Activity Builder

5-11

Math

Desmos

Mixed Numbers, Equivalent Fractions, and Number Lines

Activity Builder

5-8

Math

Kendra Lockman

Multiply Integers

Activity Builder
w/Card Sort

6-8

Math

Andrew Stadel

#WODB Equations Warm-Up

Activity Builder:
Card Sort

6-9

Math

Cathy Yenca

Linear Lasers!

Activity Builder

6-9

Math

John Rowe

Zombie Apocalypse 
(Distance between two points)

Activity Builder

6-9

Math

Andrew Stadel & Nathan Kraft

Real Numbers:
Always, Sometimes, Never

Activity Builder:
Card Sort

6-9

Math

Cathy Yenca

Square Dance - Roots

Activity Builder
w/ Card Sort

6-9

Math

Andrew Stadel

Marbleslides: Lines

Activity Builder: Marbleslides

6-10

Math

Desmos

Hablo Español?

Activity Builder

6-12

Spanish

Paula Torres

Historical Figures

Polygraph

7-12

History

me

Laser Challenge

Activity Builder

7-12

Math/Geometry

Desmos

Writing Practice

Activity Builder:
Card Sort

7-12

ELA

Hollace Brayer

Functions and Relations

Polygraph

8-12

Math

Jennifer White

Speed and Acceleration

Polygraph

9-12

Science

JR Ginex - Orinion

Distance and Time

Polygraph

9-12

Science

JR Ginex - Orinion

Phases and Mixtures

Polygraph

9-12

Science

JR Ginex - Orinion

Game, Set, Flat

Activity Builder

9-12

Math

Desmos

Polar Graph Exploration

Activity Builder

10-12

Math/Pre-Calc

Meg Craig

Sketchy Derivatives

Activity Builder

10-12

Math/Calc

Desmos


Part 3: Now, What?

Desmos Beginner

Next week, run a pre-made Desmos activity with your class. Pay attention to the ways you can make it meaningful (using methods, questions, and strategies that you already do in class) and not just a way to burn computer lab time.

Hint: Use a pre-made activity from this short list of Desmos staff favorites,

Or from this huge list from Jenn Vadnais, a Desmos Teaching Fellow,

or something from the Desmos Bank (click below).

          

Desmos-curious

Check out the bundles on the left column of Teacher.Desmos.com 
(see image below at right). Bookmark some favorites for later.

Or
Jenn’s library that I mentioned above.
Or
this exhaustive list from Jeremy Bloch.

Then — once you get frustrated with the limitations of that activity and want to change it — make a copy and adapt it to fit your needs.

Desmaster

Build your own activity or Polygraph. Click here for a set of 16 slides so you can build your 16 images.

Try implementing a MarbleSlide or Card Sort (activate these features in your profile in the top right of teacher.desmos.com, see image)

Use Activity Builder for asynchronous learning (at their own pace, anytime). Provide a class code for a sub day or stick a completed test or HW assignment into an Activity Builder, then provide the class code to check their answers.


Part 1: What’s a Desmos?

Part 2: Some of my Favorites
(the list gets longer every week)

Part 3: Now, What?

Desmos Beginner

Desmos-curious

Desmaster