How can you can help students use mathematics to tell critical stories about the world around them? Math in action needs tools, specifically to make maps as a part of a long-term science project investigating the effects of climate change on some of the most industrious, and cutest animals -- pika.
My students are 7th graders at a Title I school that focuses on science and mathematics.
They come from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. This particular group of 7th graders inspires me with their great problem-solving skills and their compassion toward one another. Their 6th grade teachers cultivated their curiosity and confidence in their thinking abilities so they tackle problems with persistence and creativity.
My students need three 100-meter measuring tapes, large grid paper, protractor/angle locators, 15 metersticks, and 40 clipboards to make maps for each pika research site. Some species of animals are indicator species for the effects global climate change. The Uinta mountains near our school are home to a species of pika, Ochotona Princeps Uinta (commonly known as a rock rabbit). These cute critters are disappearing from habitats they have previously inhabited. The resources we are requesting will be used by the students to create maps to record the locations of the hay piles the pikas make to use during the winter, as they live in the rocks under the snow. We have placed temperature probes at four sites to monitor temperatures and snow pack in an effort to contribute data to be used to help call attention to the plight of the pika. With the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, this is a new emphasis on statistics and the story that data can tell. This is a real-life problem full of amazing opportunities to do fascinating mathematics.
This project is about giving kids the opportunity to put real math and science into action to make a world of difference.
Not only are they building their skills, they are building their vision of what the future holds for them and for the world. The are a part of the creative solutions of the future and we can build those problem-solving tools today with your help.Read More
|METERSTICK METAL END - SCHOOL SMART • Sportime, Inc||$2.46||15||$36.90|
|330' or 100 Meter Open Reel Fiberglass Measuring Tape • Cannon Sports, Inc.||$41.45||3||$124.35|
|1" Grid Roll • Nasco||$29.95||1||$29.95|
|1/2" Grid Roll • Nasco||$29.95||1||$29.95|
|Laser Distance Meter, Range 0.16 In to 165 Ft, Indoor/Outdoor, Display LCD, Feet/Inch, Single Point and Push-on Measurements, 10 Measurement Memory, Backlit Level Vial, Tripod Thread, Min/Max Measuring, 2 Stakeout Settings, 3 Reference Settings, Soun • Grainger||$106.20||1||$106.20|
|Post-It® Easel Pad • Nasco||$27.95||5||$139.75|
|Protractor/Angle Locator, Magnetic, Scale Increments 0 to 90 Degrees in 5 Quadrants, Base Length 4 5/8 In, Overall Height 5 1/8 In, Lens Dia 3 15/16 In, Bule, High Impact Plastic Body w/Mounting Holes, Ceramic Magnetic Base, Metric Rule on 1 Edge, En • Grainger||$8.17||4||$32.68|
|Letter Size Clipboard - 9" x 12" • Nasco||$1.97||40||$78.80|
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