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Mini Golf Course Geometry: A Math Project for Designing and Building(Grades 3-5)

Grade Levels
3rd, 4th, 5th
Common Core Standards
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Everyone loves to mini golf! In this math project students design mini golf course holes on paper, buy supplies, and build their design as a model. It is an engaging math project that became a student favorite.

This math project has been used for a full class of third graders, small groups of gifted and talented students, and 4th graders. It could be a review in the beginning of the year for 5th graders.

This 23 page math unit is intended for math during geometry, and will be more successful if you’ve already taught measurement and money concepts. It involves some instruction of basic geometric vocabulary and application to a real world problem. It also includes calculation of money and measurement of materials. It is a super intense problem solving activity that lasts quite a while, requiring students to be very precise. The math project tests the perseverance of your students. There are opportunities for gifted students to excel as well as for students with special needs to have modifications. This problem heavily covers the Standards for Mathematical Process.

This math project has 5 structured days with a step by step walkthrough with photos to help explain the project. These five days set up students to work independently on the rest of the days of the project. It is a project that differentiates naturally for different learners.

This math project includes:
1. Structured lessons with instructions and photos of the project
2. Tips for managing students during the project
3. A two page student project sheet to promote reading in math
4. A class record form for note taking
5. Blank charts for math journals
6. Key to geometric terminology with real life examples
7. Exit slips as a formative assessment
8. Reflection sheet for the end of the project

This is a great project to really embed those Standards for Mathematical Practice into your classroom.

All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.

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2 Weeks

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