I decided to start out the 1st day of the new semester with a "fun activity" with my Algebra 2 classes. I took the Top Ten Math Mistakes Video posted on the video section of this website and made up an outline for the students to use as we watched the video. I ran off the outline on cardstock so they could save it for future reference.
As we watched the video I found that it worked best to stop the video after each number and discuss the mistake. I had the list projected on the board and we filled it out together.
I am attaching an outline ready to run off and a copy of the document that I had on the board. I use a MimeoTeach system which is similar to a smart board. I save the document as a pdf file and post it on my teacher webpage for students to reference. I counted the assignment as classwork points.
My students were engaged and seemed to like the activity. It was a good first class activity.