Are you looking for a way to reinforce math concepts in an engaging way that helps your students make connections? “The Earth Club” is a real-life math project where students will complete eleven different math-related tasks.
These activities can be used as a package, or in isolation. They work great as a math center, small-group lesson, early finisher activity, or partner activity. This particular project is great for the month surrounding Earth Day.
Take a look at what you’ll find inside this math project:
TASK #1: EARTH DAY FACTS
Now that you’re part of the Earth Club, it’s important to learn some interesting facts about our Earth!
Skills: problem-solving, fractions, multiplication, division, subtraction, comparing & ordering
TASK#2: TREE PLANTING
Your Earth Club’s first task is to help the town plant new trees! Let’s take a look at where they will be planted.
Skills: bar graphs, data interpretation, elapsed time
TASK #3: BUTTERFLY GARDEN
Your second project is to build a butterfly garden! It will be an amazing habitat to attract butterflies. Let’s figure out the total cost of the plants and accessories that we’ll put in the butterfly garden.
Skills: money, addition, subtraction, multiplication
TASK#4: RECYCLING CHALLENGE
You want to encourage everyone to recycle, so you’ve decided to hold a recycling challenge at your school! Let’s take a look at the line plot to see how many recylceable items are being thrown away.
Skills: line plot, interpreting data
TASK#5: SORTING RECYCLEABLES
Your Earth Club is going to the local recycling depot today to help sort recyclables! Use the pictures to complete the tally chart and then multiply to find the total number of items.
Skills: tally charts, multiplication, transferring data
TASK #6: TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGE
Your club has started a transportation challenge for the entire school! You’re trying to encourage more people to walk or bike to school instead of driving.
Skills: bar graphs, interpreting data, number lines, fractions, decimals
TASK #7: PLASTIC BAG COLLECTION
This month you’re collecting as many plastic grocery bags as you can. They will be reused at your school.
Skills: expanded form, word form, problem-solving
TASK #8: SCHOOL COMPOST
Your next task is to start a school compost! You’ll be encouraging all of the students and teachers to compost whatever they can from their lunch waste!
TASK #9: REUSABLE MATERIALS
Your school has an after-school Art Club. The club is asking for re-usable materials for an upcoming project!
Skills: line plots, comparing data
TASK #10: COMMUNITY GARDEN
Great news! Your Earth Club has been asked to plant this year’s community garden! This is a huge project for your entire community!
Skills: money, addition, multiplication, subtraction, fractions, problem-solving, picture graphs
TASK #11: WATER BOTTLE FACTS
Plastic water bottles are not only expensive, but they also create a lot of waste! Let’s learn some facts about water bottles.
PLUS TWO BONUS WRITING ACTIVITIES
to use at the beginning and end of the project
WAYS TO USE MATH PROJECTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM:
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
There are many ways to use math projects in your classroom. Some of the most popular are:
• a small-group or pairs activity
• a guided math activity to allow you to see where your students are struggling
• a fun, rewarding way to engage your early finishers
• a low-prep, easy-to-implement activity for a substitute teacher