This project may never be as popular as my project called The Fermi Project, but this will probably be one of my more creative projects. I've been using a PBL style of teaching in an Occupational Course of Study class, and since my administration has allowed me to treat it more like an experimental class for PBL teaching, I've been given the freedom to create my own projects.
The Celebrity Math Project stems from young people's infatuation with celebrities, even if those "celebrities" are YouTube stars that produce nothing even remotely watchable. But ALL celebrities are surrounded by numbers. They have "views" on YouTube, they have box office sales, they have album sales, they have number of home runs or touchdowns, they have a huge net worth or a large square footage of their house. There are numbers everywhere with celebrities.
This project is about taking a single number and manipulating it, playing with it, kneading it, flipping it, factoring it, squaring it, placing it into a fraction just because we can, figuring out how it is determined or calculated, even figuring out what to do with a number if the unit that describes it completely changed and you were forced to apply that number to a different profession or scenario altogether. It's all about developing students' basic number sense; that invisible, intangible "thing" that allows their math brains the fluidity and flexibility to work with numbers across all boundary lines.
In the preview you will see roughly half of what they are asked to do with their number. There is another sheet with another 8-10 questions all about a single number. The project comes with an explanation of the project, two sets of directions; one for students and one for the teacher, two completed sample projects, a rubric, and blank project templates that students will use to produce their completed projects. With my OCS class, they picked ONE number associated with a celebrity. With stronger math students, a full project might be producing the two-sided worksheet for 3 or 4 numbers. It's up to the teacher how many they want to assign.
I hope you and your students enjoy this one. I already think it's one of my favorites simply for the fact that I love a project that makes kids think. This one makes them think about 15 times per number. Thank you very much for your business.