Every math teacher will hear it at some point. "Where will I ever use this in my life?" They're talking about some kind of math topic that they despise and will NEVER choose to like, but what if you could turn it around on them and say, "Well, you already do."
This project asks students to consider approximately 60 different prompts, of which you, the teacher, will assign a number you feel appropriate for a project (or even classwork or warm-ups, if you choose to do so.) For instance, if you assign 8 prompts for a project, the student will have to choose from prompts such as "There's math in my FAMILY" or "There's math in my SHOES" or even "There's math in my CHORES." Once they choose their 8 prompts, they are tasked with writing a short paragraph about how math resides in that area of their lives. They also must create a math problem showing how math resides in that area of their lives.
See the preview attached to this resource. There are three examples that are completed and show these assignments in detail. I used the prompts KITCHEN, LAWNMOWER, and FRUSTRATION in the examples, but there are approximately 60 unique prompts included in the resource. Some of them are definitely easier than others. Some, like ANGER, can be challenging. For that reason, I also included a "Student Help" page that helps students walk through how to ask questions to assist in their thinking. I love a student that aggressively thinks, so I love teaching that skill. I hope you and your students will enjoy this. Thanks very, very much for your business.