My students need motion sensors to better understand how rate of change affects a graph.
Remember being in a mathematics classroom asking yourself "when am I ever going to use this in life?" or "why is this so difficult to understand?"
My students are a very diverse group of 7th grade middle school mathematics students.
Our school has been designated as a spotlight school, which is an emerging school recognized for their outstanding best practices in identified instructional areas.
The materials that I am requesting are motion sensors that the students will use to further their understanding of graphs, specifically with regards to slopes/rates of change. Students will be able to track their movements and see what happens to the graphs when an object they are tracking is moving at different rates of speed and when they are at rest. They will also be able to understand how different initial values/y-intercepts affect the position of the graph.
This project allows for students to better understand graphs, linear and non-linear equations, slopes and y-intercepts through the use of quality scientific equipment in the mathematics classroom.
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