PROJECT IN A NUTSHELL

Project Title: Math relates to that??!?

Estimated Length:  10-13 classes (80 min)

Subject(s): Math

Grade Level(s): 30-2, 20-2

LEARNING GOALS

Key Learning Outcomes

21st Century Competencies to be taught & assessed

  • Research and give a presentation on a current event or an area of interest that involves mathematics.

x  Collaboration

x  Critical Thinking

x  Communication (Presentation)

CONTEXT

Type of Project

Summary of Challenge, Problem, Controversy, Issue, Simulation or Scenario

Presentation on a topic of choice.

Students need to relate an area of interest or current event to the field of mathematics.

FOCUSED INQUIRY

Driving Question

Method of Inquiry to be Used

Tools Needed

How does a current event or an interest of yours relate to mathematics?

x  Open Ended Inquiry

x  Reflection Prompts

x  Observation

x  Authentic Documents

x  Adults Outside of School

TANGIBLE OUTCOMES: PRODUCTS, PERFORMANCES, PRESENTATIONS AND/OR SERVICES

Team

Individual

Class

A presentation (digital, poster, book, etc).   Infographic

Individual research summary

Exhibition of learning,

ADULT WORLD INVOLVEMENT

Authentic Documents/Data

Organizations, Experts, Stakeholders and/or Professionals

Primary Data / Field Work

Experts of community who can illustrate how their work relates to math.


Researching Math in the Real World

Engaging Context: Math is all around us, and affects more of your life than you might realize.  We will find something either currently of interest in the news, or something interesting to you and relate it to the world of mathematics.

Driving Question: What sort of problems can I solve, now that I know math?

Tangible Outcomes: Create a presentation that illustrates how the area relates to mathematics, infographic, and research summary.

21st Century Competencies: Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking.

Voice and Choice: Students are allowed to chose a topic which is of interest to them.

Adult world connections:  Bring in people whose jobs are related to topics of K-12 mathematics.

Drafting and Critique:  Throughout the project, students will have a peer review of their planning and partial made presentation, and then an expert review of their presentation.

Method of Inquiry:  Open-Ended Inquiry.

Below is the following:

  1. Timeline
  2. Preliminary Thinking Template
  3. Creating Group Norms
  4. Rubric Planning
  5. Gallery Walk
  6. Research Summary
  7. References


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13


Preliminary Thinking

On Day 1 Fill in the first two columns of ideas that come to mind and which ideas are you confident in understanding.

NEED TO KNOWs

What do I need to know, be able to do and/or understand to be successful in this project?

GOOD TO GOs

NTKs that you have addressed to your satisfaction.

NEW NEED TO KNOWs

As the project progresses, new and relevant NTKs often emerge.


Creating Group Norms

Group Contract-Names:

Communication:

What are our Norms for discussion and communicating?

How will we collaborate when we are not meeting in person?

E.g. File sharing, real-time collaboration, project management system, etc.

How will we make decisions? How will we resolve conflict?

Just like in the adult world, team members can be fired during a project.

What would justify a firing? What steps would be taken prior to a firing?

Roles and Responsibilities:

Which roles will team members take on? What responsibilities will they have? What are they the best fit for this role? What strengths do they bring?

How will your team support team members when they have excused or

unexcused absences?

Signatures:

Rubric Planning Sheet

Research Project Rubric


Gallery Walk Template:

Title

Should be cool, catchy, and short

Topic:

Type of mathematics involved:

Research:

What will you have to research?

Where will you research?

Communication:

What will you use to communicate your findings? Graphs? Excel?

Tangible outcome:

What will you have created at the end of the project


Research Summary

Complete individually.

Summarize your learning and findings.  Explain, in a one page summary, how your presentation illustrates how your topic is related to mathematics.  Comment on what was difficult in completing this project, and what tasks were simple.  If you were to start over, what would you do different, and what parts would you repeat?  

In the presentation section, what were your areas of strengths and your weaknesses.  Moving forward, what would you need to improve upon to be able to create more effective presentations in the future.

Infographic Summary

1 per group

On an 8.5 x 11 inch paper you will create an “Infographic” addressing the topic of “You know math, now what problem can you solve?”.

Try to use more graphics than words.  You will want this to stand out, so use colors, wordart, pictures.    Some sites to create free Infographics can be found here.


References:

http://www.pblconsulting.net/#!pbl-implementation-resources/cuq6

http://learningforward.org/docs/tools-for-learning-schools/tools8-99.pdf?sfvrsn=2