Project based learning in math can be very motivating for students. Using projects will help students learn the concepts deeply, especially when those projects are real world!
Each learning target is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Standards for Mathematical Practice are heavily stressed in these lessons!
The concept covered is calculating money in this quick project with a highly motivating task. This project can be completed in 3 to 5 days. Students are asked to submit a book order proposal for the class. If you offer to pay between $20 and $50 to order books for the classroom library it feels even more real world to them. I typically use bonus points to offset the cost.
This lesson contains three learning objectives, formative assessment, checklists and full explanations of how to run the project. This is a great lesson for someone just starting out with project based learning, or for new teachers who are interested in this type of learning style.
1. Detailed instructions for running the project
2. Book Order Proposal Form
3. Checklist for Approval (peer or teacher evaluated)
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.
This lesson could be used in the beginning of a school year, for GATE students only or as a full classroom project. It is a unit that differentiates naturally for different learners.