It's time to find the Real Estate Agents in your classroom! This 16 page math project explains how to set up and structure a deep problem solving activity. In this math project students compare homes to choose the best one for you. It is a low cost, high tech activity (some components can be paper). It weaves in math with social studies (mapping skills) and writing (presentation skills).
This math project has been used for a small group of GATE 3rd graders, and a whole class of 4th graders. It could be a review in the beginning of the year for 5th graders.
This math project unit is intended for math when studying number and operations. It deals specifically with comparing numbers in the hundred thousands. It covers many of the common core state standards, especially the math practice standards. This math project can run for several weeks if it is done in the background (if students finish work early) or several days if time in class is given daily.
This project is also heavy in technology. Students will often teach each other how to use this technology. Specifically:
• navigation of websites
• use of mapping sites (this is great for teaching map skills also)
• copying and pasting text using shortcuts
• making tables in word processing software
• saving and opening documents
• use of presentation software to communicate thinking
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 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 unit that differentiates naturally for different learners.
This unit includes:
1. Structured lessons with instructions
2. A help sheet for students with detailed explanations
3. A comparison chart/table
4. Presentation guidelines sheet for students
5. A checklist/rubric formative assessment*
6. A class record form for note taking
* The formative assessment could also be used as summative.
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