Low prep! Get started tomorrow! Here are math selections from my most popular math and STEM units for GATE students.
Included in this collection are a baker’s half-dozen activities for real-world, high-interest hands-on math projects with ratio and scale. The activities often extend into art, science, engineering, or other areas of math as well.
You get at least 6 hours of contact time here. These activities are challenging for my 5th grade gifted and talented students and will still be a good 6th grade challenge and fun extensions for 7th grade.
Everything is ready-to-print and use tomorrow. Few materials are needed outside of a typical classroom.
Hands-on Scaling: Can you transform your hand into a tiny version of itself? Can you find the area of an irregular shape?
Man in Front of the Trestle: Can you determine the height of a train trestle based on the man standing below it in an old black and white photo? Won’t you need to do some research first?
Math People Scaling: Use your artistic talents to create a giant or a teeny-tiny person—to scale! Can a partner figure out the actual height?
Easter Egg Hunt: Use a 100 year old photo from the Library of Congress to determine the height of children lost at the White House’s Easter egg hunt. Conduct original research to estimate the likely ages of the kids.
Cog Wheel: Show the class the actual size of a huge cog wheel used to rotate a ski lift, and while you are at it, how tall is the skier in the poster? Geometry skills required.
The Sphinx: How tall is the Sphinx? You only need to know the height of the man standing in front of it.