# Math Dates, July | Bulletin Board | Number Puzzles

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The basic idea of Math Dates is to use the date as an enrichment type of activity. Some days the date might just be there for students to observe and mentally note that the expression is equal to the numbers in the date (even great in a non-math class!). Other days you might call attention to the expression and ask students to show you their solution (yes, the answer should be the date for that day, but I like to see how students work out the answer, depending on how complex the expression is.)

Using dates as mathematical expressions is a great way to expose students to new math rules (like cubing or cube roots or exponent rules, etc) or review rules that students have learned (like squaring or order of operations!). Each month is designed up to spiral back through concepts, as new ones are added.

I’ve found it helpful to repeat some tricky facts in the dates, so that the students see them over and over. For example, many (most?) students believe that the number 51 is prime. However, after seeing 51/3 as the expression for 17 during 2017, they became better at remembering that 51 is actually divisible!

It’s also been great to repeatedly use 2 to the third power, and see more of my students quickly remember that 2 to the third is 8 rather than 6:-)

In this resource, you’ll find:
1) A list of the dates for July, 2018 (including weekends - you can always put one of the weekend dates on the board during the week, and see if your students notice that you made a “mistake.”)
2) A list of dates for July, without the year, to use in future years (the years will not be updated after 2018).
3) A 2018 calendar for students to record the date’s expression and their work for reaching a solution. The calendar also includes the direction for students to create their own expressions. (I found that some students really like this challenge – they initially asked me if they could create their own, so now they’ll have a place to keep track of them!)
4) A July calendar with no dates to be used after 2018 – students (or you) can label the days of the month.
5) A Cross Number puzzle that includes about half of the dates for July, 2018 (they’re the same expressions as those in the monthly list.) This can be used for early finishers, a challenge day, or a sub day, any time during the year.
6) A Find a Number puzzle using the other half of the dates for July, 2018. This one will take students longer to complete than the Cross Number puzzle.
7) A Find a Number puzzle using dates of events in history, to be used any year.

Check out other Math Dates months!

Addresses Common Core Standards:
6.EE.A.1
6.EE.A.3
6.EE.A.4

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