My students love hands-on activities. They typically get very dedicated to learning when they can see real-world or fun activities. Like all students, the more they can do that doesn’t feel like math class, the more open they are to actually learning the material. One of their most successful lessons was turning adding and subtracting positive and negative integers into a blackjack -ike card game. Also, showing the students that a big bag of Takis was a lot cheaper than going to the dollar store was very eye-opening for them.
I have been collecting LEGO bricks all school year, and need several thousand more to complete a 6ft x 6ft model of our school. Students will create blueprints and a scale model of the school from those blueprints. This project will show students how math is used in the real world. Most students struggle believing the real-world application of the math they are learning. We have used some LEGO bricks so far this year, and the students were very engaged which is difficult in this day and age of cell phones. They designed and built cars, their next project, which will need 25,000 LEGO bricks, and will build the school. I have told the students about the project and they are excited to build the model.
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