This is a recording book I used with my third graders towards the end of the year. I wanted to end the year in math with a fun project that would allow the students to use their creativity, but meet some Social Studies and Math objectives as well. Students build a 3 dimensional model of a downtown town district. Buildings will be constructed out of grid paper - students will be instructed how to make "nets" of the buildings and then compute their volume. They must have 3 stores that sell goods and 2 stores that provide services. Models will be created on a piece of posterboard. Students will create a "menu" for each store and will use those to solve longer multiplication problems (3 digit money amounts x one digit multipliers). Students must also "purchase" the supplies needed to build their town from me. At the end of this week-long project, students will use a rubric to grade the other "downtown districts" in the classroom. Students will be working on this project with a partner and will also have to write about why they think their town deserves an award. Prizes will be awarded!
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