Math is EVERYWHERE! Help open the eyes of my third graders to recognize the math that surrounds them every day. By finding connections between the real world and math concepts students will learn to value math and apply it in lives. They will discover that math is fun and exciting, too!
There are 21 third graders in my class this year.
Our Massachusetts public school serves a mixed population with many cultures, languages, and socio-economic levels represented. My students are curious and excited to learn new things. Some third grade students love math and some dread or even fear it. Most third graders have not made the connection between math and the real world. They aren't aware of math's importance to other subjects such as science. Third graders have a limited view of math and I endeavor to open their eyes to the magnificent "world of math" that surrounds them!
Eight year old children love cameras! The ability to capture reality with photographs is still somewhat magical for them. Of course, their favorite photographic subjects are themselves or their friends and pets. I hope these 2 cameras will change the way my students use cameras and look at math. Nature is a rich source for math concepts and by using these cameras students may never look at leaves, flowers, etc. the same way again. Manmade items and buildings are constructed using measurement tools and incorporate geometric shapes. By discovering the math around them, students will enjoy and value math more.
Third graders will write about their "math" photos and use the scripts and pictures to create multimedia projects using PhotoStory3 and Animoto. These projects will be shared on our class website for parents and the surrounding community to view. Key math topics for our photo projects will be fractions, measurement, and geometry.
With your donation toward this project you will place cameras into the hands of eager and enthusiastic third graders, sending them out into the real world to search for the math concepts that are found everywhere!
You may be sparking a lifelong interest in math for a young child. Thank you for considering this project and for your support.
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