This is an oldy but a goody....One year I was looking for any idea to get my students to connect to what we were learning in math. At the time we were learning about different types of angles and lines. The kids brought up the idea of turning themselves into actual angles and the different types of lines. So...we went with it. I called one of the three types of angles...acute, obtuse, and right. As soon as they heard the angle they immediately had to get on the floor and form the angle with a partner. I did the same thing with a line, parallel lines, intersecting and so forth. It was so funny! I've never seen kids work so hard to make themselves into geometry. I took pictures and used the pictures later to quiz them on of it. They never forgot these standards that's for sure. Plus they had a fun time doing it. Leave it to kids to come up with a more exciting way to learn math.
We also did a scavenger hunt around the school looking for the three types of angles. Prepared with clipboards, scavenger hunt angle organizer, and pencil in hand, we walked the school and playground. They were amazed at how many objects around them had the same angles they were learning about. We then came back to the classroom and discussed what types of angles they found the most. We listed these on a chart. This turned into a brainstorm of other objects in the real world that we could add to our chart. Students also completed the same chart I did whole group in their math journals. They added pictures as well.
I didn't do this but you could definitely add a writing component to this. Give each student a sheet of paper with an angle drawn on it. Have them complete the angle by making it into an object and writing about that object. It could start with "I was once just an acute angle and then....." You get the idea. Have the requirements be that their angle must meet up with at least one other angle in the story and see how the creative juices flow.... Like I said, I haven't done this. I honestly just thought of it while I was typing this post. I'd love to try it though. I could pull in creating hooks, details, and take-away endings for sure.
Sometimes we get so stuck in teaching math the same old way. The next time you feel like you are in a rut, ask you kids what they would like to do to show what they've learned. You just might be amazed.