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Infuse authentic learning into your math classroom by having your students complete this PBL to represent their class in graphs. The project is organized around the central question: How can we tell people in the future about our class using graphs to be placed in a time capsule? Students will examine historical graphs then come up with important ideas about their class to represent in graph form. Once they come up with a plan, they will conduct surveys and create a variety of graphs. Throughout the learning process, their engagement and curiosity will drive your instruction through mini lessons that fit your math curriculum on collecting and analyzing data and creating different types of graphs. There are also opportunities throughout for teaching social skills and 21st century skills through different types of sharing and giving and receiving feedback and being flexible with plans. You can personalize the time capsule idea to fit your needs. It would be a great project to do at the beginning of the year to have students open the time capsule at the end of the year. You could also plan for it to be opened by next year's class, or even 50 years from now!
This project can easily be differentiated for your age group and classroom needs. It can be assigned as an enrichment project for early finishers/advanced learners or as a whole class project. Students can work independently, in pairs, or groups. Best of all, it can be woven into content that you already need to teach, but adding a new level of student engagement in the learning process.
The project includes:
- Step by step teaching notes and suggestions
- Central Question
- All About Our Class Brainstorm
- Survey Question Brainstorm
- Data Collection
- Graphing Draft
- Self-reflection and Peer feedback pages
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