Are you looking for a unique way to engage your students in authentic math concepts using real-world data that will blow their socks off? If so, this is your project! I have used this with eighth graders, but it would work well with any middle school performance indicators. This project involves so many performance indicators - estimation, rational numbers, scientific notation, number & word forms, budgeting, graphs, statistics, integers, media, cooperative learning, research, technology, visual art, to name a few!!
Hey thanks so much your answer was very helpful! Do you by any chance have an example of a daily plan you used with this lesson? The resources are great I'm just a little lost on how to implement this on a day-to-day basis.
I don't have a daily plan to share. Once I introduce the project, the kids kinda take over. I give limited amounts of time in class to complete it, but I listen to the students interactions or questions because I may need to re-teach a concept during bellwork. I always have several examples to show the students and that helps.
Hey I just downloaded your project and it looks SO COOL! I teach all boys for math and they're obsessed with football but so bored with math so I'm INCREDIBLY EXCITED to use this in my classroom! I have a few questions though.
1) The project addresses multiple standards in math - while I have taught a good portion of these standards, there are some that I haven't. Do I need to explicitly teach these standards before starting the project?
2) How long should I block out for this project? How much time per day and how much time overall? My math block is 1.5-2 hours (depending on the day) and I have two months left in the school year so I'm trying to long-term plan now.
1) Sometimes I teach the concepts before the project, and sometimes I teach a concept then add a layer to the project. I like both ways. If I want the students to be more independent, I teach before then introduce the entire project. I've had a lot of success doing it in layers though- it tends to slow down the students, but the overall project is usually better.
2) When I first introduce the project it takes a while to show examples and talk about how to make up a team, budgeting, etc. I teach 50 minute periods so the introduction takes at least that long. After the kids get the jist of the project, I allow about 20-30 minutes for several days. Sometimes it takes a week sometimes two. I teach a wide range of students with varying abilities - it's different every year. One thing remains the same - the kids (especially boys) get SUPER excited about it and talk about it all year! I had a group of ELL students ask to do soccer last year and all the kids thought it was cool.
I've been teaching mathematics, international studies, and media design since 1998 in an urban district located in the southeast region of the USA. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as an electrical engineer for several years.