Bring to life the traditional practice class or homework assignment with some global competency and diversity! While your students practice the order of operations, they can learn about the trailblazing efforts of Latino-American activist Cesar Chavez
Person Puzzles are designed to highlight individuals with diverse backgrounds who have made significant contributions to our world. Students are often underexposed and unaware of many significant (historical or current) figures and this is a an easy way a math teacher can throw some interdisciplinary content without sacrificing their math!
Students enjoy the person puzzles because they innately like figuring out these type of facts and enjoy learning about someone interesting and different! You use Person Puzzles as timed warm-ups which allows you to share a little about the person's background before your daily lesson. You can also drop some college readiness info like majors, degrees and careers!
This is a 2 page assignment with an answer key. Works great for warm-ups and homework!
Bring the 2012 Election into your classroom with a few authentic challenges that will push your students citizenship and build Election vocabulary across contents! It's so authentic Obama and Romney might throw down right in the middle of your classroom. Okay not really, but it's still cool!
Students will use their skills with percents and data analysis to solve authentic election problems.
In this 18 page document you will be given a mapping to the Common Core Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is two different assignments --
-- "Battleground States" -- students will analyze tables and graphs of recent Presidential Election to understand the difference between "safe" states, "battleground" states and the differences in funding and campaign stops between them. Why exactly do Obama and Romney practically live in Ohio and Florida? Students will discover this for themselves.
-- "The Electoral College" -- students use a hypothetical Alternative Method to decide the President! Many take issue with the Electoral College so students will compare the actual results with the Alternative to see if there is any difference in who would have been President!
BOOM! POW! WHAMO! If your kids dig comics and comic-book movies, this might be perfect for them!
Turn your Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus classroom into Superhero City while teaching the useful skills of transformations. Specifically focusing on translations and reflections, heroes paired with a specific mathematics function family, have to zap enemies all over the coordinate grid into submission to save their city. Students will use cutouts of functions to turn this into a hands-on math project that will serve many different types of learners and plays into their childhood superhero infatuations!
In this 25 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is four different assignments --
-- “F(x) Men”. Students will understand the relationship between vertical and horizontal translations on a coordinate plane and their algebra. This is a task that intends to scaffold the concepts that will be in the more challenging problems.
-- “Join the Squad”. Students will use vertical and horizontal translations with multiple functions to zap the enemies into submission. Each Mission has slightly different requirements so students need to read carefully.
-- “Reflections”. This introduces students to flipping functions horizontally or vertically and how that relates to changes in the functions. Doing this activity with a graphing calculate to check their work could be a useful addition.
-- and finally “The Boss Challenge”. Students must put all of their skills together in order to translation and reflect functions in such a way to eliminate all enemies.
Nothing like a good criminal investigation to liven up math class!
Based off of the popular CSI projects, there are now CSI: Whodunnits? The Whodunnits plan to focus on single content topics as opposed to units and will focus more on skill building than application. Every day can't be a project day, so Whodunnits can be an engaging out of their seat activity to practice important skills.
In a Whodunnit?, students will work in teams to solve 10 practice problems that increase in difficulty. After each answer they will receive a clue. Similar to the popular new reality TV show Whodunnit or the board game Clue, there will be a fictional "murder" the goal will be to determine the "killer", the scene of the crime and the method. Scenes will be placed around the room and the students will have at it.
In this 10 page document you will be given an outline for how to implement the project, a student worksheet and 10 "Clues" to be printed and plastered to the wall.
An answer key has been added to the end of the file for your convenience.