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

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?

Part 1:

What’s a Desmos?

Part 2:

Some of my Favorites

Part 3:

Wait… where was that?

Part 4:

Now What?


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

C

It’s an Activity Builder

                Elementary         10 Frame Addition

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

Digit Domination

Polygraph

TK-5

Math/Numeracy

John Stevens

Animals

Polygraph

TK-5

Adorable

Christie Harrison

10 Frame Addition

Activity Builder

w/ Marbleslides

K-2

Math/Numeracy

Jenn Vadnais

Teen Numbers

Activity Builder

w/ Card Sort

K-2

Math/Numeracy

Michael Wiernicki

3 Digit Place Value

Polygraph

K-2

Math/Numeracy

Amber Denbo

U.S. Coins

Polygraphs

1-2

Math/Counting

Amanda Haughs

2D and 3D Shapes

Polygraph

2-5

Geometry

Gail Shores

Telling Time

Activity Builder

2-3

Numeracy

Annie Forest

Lines of Symmetry

Activity Builder

2-4

Shapes/Geometry

Annie Forest

Multiplication Practice

Polygraph

3-5

Math

Trina Brown

Triangle Card Sort

Activity Builder

w/ Card Sort

3-4

Shapes/Geometry

Graham Fletcher

Polygraph: Hexagons

Polygraph

3-10

Math/Geometry

Desmos

Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Activity Builder

w/ 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

Water Cycle

Polygraph

4-5

Science

Claudette Pantney

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

Open Middle - The Fraction Challenge

Activity Builder

6-8

Math

Desmos

#WODB Equations Warm-Up

Activity Builder
w/ 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
w/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
w/ 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

Bohr Diagrams

Polygraph

9-12

Science

Me

Game, Set, Flat

Activity Builder

9-12

Math

Desmos

Constructing Polynomials

Activity Builder

10-11

Algebra II/ IM3

Madi Shipley

Mitosis & Meiosis

Polygraph

10-12

Biology/Anatomy

Julie Pocino

Polar Graph Exploration

Activity Builder

10-12

Math/Pre-Calc

Meg Craig

Sketchy Derivatives

Activity Builder

10-12

Math/Calc

Desmos

*Higher Math applications are pretty slim on this page.

Click here for some calculus (scroll down about 70%), or click here for some statistics.



Part 3: Wait… where was that?

Here are some places to find Desmos activities:

This document

Teacher.Desmos.com

Desmos Bank

#MTBOS

And you’ve already found it!

Huzzah!

Add this to your Google Drive so you can access it without typing mrvaudrey.com/desmos every time.

The homepage has a search bar and  a list of bundles in the bottom left.

*You won’t see every activity here, just the ones deemed helpful by Desmos staff (or activities you’ve accessed before).

Members of the online math teacher community have begun sharing their calculators and activities in a central location, at bit.ly/desmosbank.

Filtering is still clunky, but it’s a good place to start.

Twitter is a treasure-trove of like-minded math educators who want to share their good stuff. From twitter.com, search #MTBOS and Desmos and see what happens.

...and there are many more below!

Part 4: 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: Find your K-5 standards on this list from Allison Krasnow.
        Or this
this exhaustive list of middle school activities from Jeremy Bloch.
        Or 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 table in Part 3 above.


Desmos-curious

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

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 the image on the right)

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.

Also, bone up your own skills at learn.desmos.com. My own training on Polar graphing was weak, and that site gave me a place to pick it back up.

Part 1: What’s a Desmos?

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

Part 3: Wait… where was that?

This document

Teacher.Desmos.com

Desmos Bank

#MTBOS

Part 4: Now, What?

Desmos Beginner

Desmos-curious

Desmaster