PROJECT IN A NUTSHELL
Project Title: Math relates to that??!?
Estimated Length: 10-13 classes (80 min)
Grade Level(s): 30-2, 20-2
Key Learning Outcomes
21st Century Competencies to be taught & assessed
x Critical Thinking
x Communication (Presentation)
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.
Method of Inquiry to be Used
How does a current event or an interest of yours relate to mathematics?
x Open Ended Inquiry
x Reflection Prompts
x Authentic Documents
x Adults Outside of School
TANGIBLE OUTCOMES: PRODUCTS, PERFORMANCES, PRESENTATIONS AND/OR SERVICES
A presentation (digital, poster, book, etc). Infographic
Individual research summary
Exhibition of learning,
ADULT WORLD INVOLVEMENT
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:
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
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
Rubric Planning Sheet
Research Project Rubric
Gallery Walk Template:
Should be cool, catchy, and short
Type of mathematics involved:
What will you have to research?
Where will you research?
What will you use to communicate your findings? Graphs? Excel?
What will you have created at the end of the project
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.
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.