Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)

Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
Math Is Everywhere PBL (5 Student Job Packets, 25 Lesson Plans)
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Check out our final Math Is Everywhere News Segment

All too often math is seen as a subject that is in a world of it’s own, taught in isolation with little to no real world connection. Math is all around us. Often we don’t realize it. This project focuses on how the math skills that the students are learning in their everyday math instruction are used in the real world. Math can help us shop wisely, read maps, plan travel, buy the right car, keep us healthy, excel in sports and follow our dreams.

In this project, students engage in investigations on a topic of their choice of how the math skills they are learning in the classroom are used in real life. They work to complete individual tasks as well as work together as a group to collect data and research the real world application of how math is used in our community, nation and across the world. Students reflect and engage in conversations about different jobs that require a specific math skill and how knowing the math skill helps within that job. They work to find specific real world examples of how math is used in life.

This project may be completed in a few weeks with a focus on a specific math skills, or may be spread out across a semester or entire school year to capture more real world examples of how math is used in our world today.

Final Product(s):

Students use what they learn about how math is used around the world to create a print, digital or video to share with their class, school, community or the world. Each student completes a job that will become a section of the final presentation. Their jobs include a visual and written and spoken description related to math is everywhere. Students are required to use 2 sources, report facts, cite sources and will get their stories approved by the teacher before reporting.


•Students MUST keep their audience in mind in choosing stories to report on. If it doesn’t interest them, it won’t interest their audience.

•This project focuses on answering the the following questions.

•Why is this math skill important?

•Why do we need to learn this?

•When will I ever use this?

•Where can I find a real world example?

•How does this math skill help people in our community, throughout our nation and across the world?

Type of Project: Simulation/ real student run

News Program

Driving Question: How does a newscast help us communicate with one another? How is math used in the real world?

Tangible Outcomes: Student Newscast Segment: Math Is Everywhere

Timeframe: This project is designed to take 2 weeks but may be extended over a longer time period) We produce a new broadcast every 2 weeks for the entire school year.

Materials Needed: Video camera, laptops, PowerPoint, projector, tripod, iPad, lanyards, video creation tool such as iMovie, segment props. This can be adapted as an individual or group presentation.

Context: Students will create a math is everywhere segment to share with the world. Students will complete literature circle type jobs with the end product of a news segment that can be a part of a student news program or presented individually. The news segments include school math detective, community math detective, national math detective, global math detective and math challenger.

Student voice and choice: Students will be assigned a role for the newscast or can choose their own. They will get to choose the story they decide to report out on and will write their own news report. Students are required to use 2 sources in their research.

Adult World Connection: Meet with community members including school staff and students as the “experts” for their segments. Connect with business leaders in the community. Visit a newsroom and take a tour. Interview a news anchor.

Content Standards: These can be adapted for any grade.

ELA: RI.3.1, RI.3.5, RL.3.10, RF.3.3, RF.3.4, W.3.2, W.3.7, L.3.2

Math: 3.NBT.A.2, 3.OA.D.9, 3.OA.D.8, 3.OA.A.3, 3.OA.B.5

Universal Constructs: 21.3-5.ES.1 , 21.3-5.ES.2, 21.3-5.ES.5

Lesson Ideas:

Lesson Ideas:


Lesson 1: Real Or Hoax

•Lesson 2: Narrow A Web Search

•Lesson 3: Is It Newsworthy?

•Lesson 4: Newscast Look Fors

•Lesson 5: Name Your News

•Lesson 6: Design A Logo

•Lesson 7: Design A Slogan

During: Reading A Non-Fiction Text

Text Features

Asking and Answering Questions Using Textual Evidence

Informational Writing

Research Strategies

Using Graphic Organizers To Collect Notes During Research

Using Notes To Write A Summary


Informative writing/ research lessons included:

•Lesson 8: Select A Topic

•Lesson 9: Research Question

•Lesson 10: Subtopics

•Lesson 11: Sources

•Lesson 12: Jot Notes

•Lesson 13: Note taking

•Lesson 14: News Headline

•Lesson 15: Hook Your Audience

•Lesson 16: Introduce Your Topic: Introduction Paragraph

•Lesson 17: Subtopic Paragraphs

•Lesson 18: Conclusion Paragraph

•Lesson 19: 1st Draft

•Lesson 20: Editing Checklist

•Lesson 21: Final Draft

•Lesson 22: Newscast Storyboard

•Lesson 23: Group checklist

•Lesson 24: Individual Checklist

•Lesson 25: Exit Tickets

Checklists: (included)

Individual Newscast Checklist, Editing Checklist/Peer Editing

Group Newscast Checklist, Newscast Storyboard

Exit Tickets: Newscast Notes

Suggested Timeline: 2 weeks

Learning Outcomes:

1.Digital Citizenship: I can identify a credible source, cite sources and narrow a web search.

2.Research Strategies: I can safely search the web. I can use multiple sources in my research.

3.Collaboration: I can collaborate with my peers to create a student new program.

4.Real World Math Connections: I can find real world examples of the math skills I’m learning about.

5.Reading Informational Text: I can read an informational text.

6.Fact & Opinion: I can understand the difference between fact and opinion. I can report using facts.

7.Speaking & Listening: I can communicate respectfully with my group members.

8.Technology: I can use technology to research and present my findings. I can produce a digital product to communicate my news story.

9.Writing: I can write an informational, persuasive or opinion piece to share my news story. I can summarize my research.

10.Grammar: I can use proper grammar and spelling in my writing.

Suggested Helpful Resources:

New-O-Matic (available as an iPad app and online). This is a great student current event, daily digital newspaper resource with stories that are happening in our world today and written for students. Each daily edition includes 5 news articles with a wide range of topics including animals, sports, politics, and current events.

Newsela: This is a great resource with multiple topics and news stories that can be filtered by lexile, grade level and topic. Students just need to pay attention to the dates on the news stories because some stories are not currently happening.

Both resources offer comprehension type quizzes, the option to save articles and highlight options within each resource. As a teacher, you can create student accounts and link them to a Google Classroom or Seesaw account for quick access.

Credits: Graphics- Educlips and Thistle Girl Designs

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