Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications, Grades 3-5
February 2009, Jossey-Bass
In Part I, Chapter 1 offers an overview of how to incorporate math projects in the classroom. Chapter 2 provides a variety of classroom management suggestions, as well as teaching tips, and Chapter 3 offers ways teachers may evaluate project work. Each chapter also contains several reproducibles that are designed to help students master the procedural skills necessary for effective collaboration while working on projects.
Part II, "The Projects," is divided into six separate sections:
Section 1. Math and Science
Section 2. Math and Social Studies
Section 3. Math and Language
Section 4. Math and Art and Music
Section 5. Math and Fun and Recreation
Section 6. Math and Life Skills
About This Book.
About the Authors.
Alignment to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Focal Points.
How to Use This Resource.
Part One: Implementing Math Projects in Your Class.
Chapter One: An Overview of Using Math Projects.
Your Role as Teacher and Facilitator.
Solving Multistep Problems.
Developing Math Projects of Your Own.
Chapter Two: Managing Math Projects.
Organizing Your Class.
Building and Maintaining a Positive Classroom Environment.
Suggestions for Presenting and Implementing Projects.
Conferences with Individuals and Groups.
The Importance of Cooperation.
Organizing Math Groups.
The Importance of Writing in Math Class.
Using Technology in Math Projects.
Chapter Three: Evaluating Math Projects.
Part Two: The Projects.
Chapter Four: Math and Science.
Project 1: Earth by the Numbers.
Student Guide 1.1: Earth by the Numbers.
Worksheet 1.2: Earth Extremes.
Project 2: Geometry All Around Us.
Student Guide 2.1: Geometry All Around Us.
Data Sheet 2.2: Geometry Everywhere.
Project 3: Planning a Spring Flower Garden.
Student Guide 3.1: Planning a Spring Flower Garden.
Data Sheet 3.2: Facts and Prices of Some Common Flowers.
Worksheet 3.3: One-Inch Grid.
Worksheet 3.4: Flower Cost Sheet.
Project 4: Planning My School Lunch for a Week.
Student Guide 4.1: Planning My School Lunch for a Week.
Data Sheet 4.2: Food Choices for School Lunches.
Project 5: Weather Observers.
Student Guide 5.1: Weather Observers.
Data Sheet 5.2: Weather Vocabulary.
Project 6: Out of This World.
Student Guide 6.1: Out of This World.
Data Sheet 6.2: Some Major Events in Space Exploration.
Chapter Five: Math and Social Studies.
Project 7: When in Rome . . . .
Student Guide 7.1: When in Rome . . . .
Data Sheet 7.2: The Basics of Roman Numerals.
Project 8: The Mathematics Hall of Fame.
Student Guide 8.1: The Mathematics Hall of Fame.
Data Sheet 8.2: Candidates for the Mathematics Hall of Fame.
Project 9: The Numbers in a Travel Brochure.
Student Guide 9.1: The Numbers in a Travel Brochure.
Data Sheet 9.2: Country Highlights.
Data Sheet 9.3: Directions for Making a Twofold Travel Brochure.
Project 10: Making a Scale Drawing.
Student Guide 10.1: Making a Scale Drawing.
Data Sheet 10.2: How to Make a Scale Drawing of Your Classroom.
Worksheet 10.3: Half-Inch Grid.
Project 11: Favorites.
Student Guide 11.1: Favorites.
Data Sheet 11.2: Survey Topics.
Data Sheet 11.3: How to Make a Frequency Table.
Project 12: Scavenger Hunt for Math in Our Lives.
Student Guide 12.1: Scavenger Hunt for Math in Our Lives.
Data Sheet 12.2: Math in Many Places.
Chapter Six: Math and Language Arts.
Project 13: A Class Math Newsletter.
Student Guide 13.1: A Class Math Newsletter.
Data Sheet 13.2: Guidelines for Creating a Class Math Newsletter.
Project 14: Family Matters and Math.
Student Guide 14.1: Family Matters and Math.
Data Sheet 14.2: Interview Tips.
Project 15: Writing Poetry about Math.
Student Guide 15.1: Writing Poetry About Math.
Data Sheet 15.2: Three Types of Poems.
Data Sheet 15.3: Tips for Poets.
Project 16: Writing and Presenting Math Messages.
Student Guide 16.1: Writing and Presenting Math Messages.
Data Sheet 16.2: Possible Topics for Math Messages.
Data Sheet 16.3: Examples of Math Messages.
Project 17: Writing and Performing Math Skits.
Student Guide 17.1: Writing and Performing Math Skits.
Data Sheet 17.2: Sample Skit.
Worksheet 17.3: Skit Ideas.
Project 18: Writing Math Word Problems for Other Students.
Student Guide 18.1: Writing Math Word Problems for Other Students.
Data Sheet 18.2: Guidelines for Writing Math Word Problems.
Data Sheet 18.3: Guidelines for Solving Math Word Problems.
Project 19: Math Journals.
Student Guide 19.1: Math Journals.
Data Sheet 19.2: Guidelines for Keeping Math Journals.
Chapter Seven: Math and Art.
Project 20: Creating a Billboard That Advertises Math.
Student Guide 20.1: Creating a Billboard That Advertises Math.
Data Sheet 20.2: Billboard Basics.
Worksheet 20.3: Math Billboard Idea Sheet.
Project 21: Creating a Math Cartoon.
Student Guide 21.1: Creating a Math Cartoon.
Data Sheet 21.2: Cartoon Creations.
Project 22: Painting a T-Shirt with a Math Slogan.
Student Guide 22.1: Painting a T-Shirt with a Math Slogan.
Data Sheet 22.2: How to Paint a T-Shirt.
Project 23: Exploring Tangrams.
Student Guide 23.1: Exploring Tangrams.
Data Sheet 23.2: Facts About Tangrams.
Data Sheet 23.3: How to Make a Tangram.
Project 24: Picture This (Using Polygons to Model Fractions).
Student Guide 24.1: Picture This (Using Polygons to Model Fractions).
Worksheet 24.2: Modeling Fractions.
Project 25: Making a Tessellation.
Student Guide 25.1: Making a Tessellation.
Data Sheet 25.2: Triangles.
Data Sheet 25.3: Quadrilaterals.
Data Sheet 25.4: Pentagons, Hexagons, and Octagons.
Project 26: Making a Three-Dimensional Paper Sculpture from a Two-Dimensional Net.
Student Guide 26.1: Making a Three-Dimensional Paper Sculpture from a Two-Dimensional Net.
Data Sheet 26.2: Net for a Cube.
Data Sheet 26.3: Net for a Tetrahedron.
Data Sheet 26.4: Net for an Octahedron.
Chapter Eight: Math and Recreation.
Project 27: The Math in a Favorite Sport.
Student Guide 27.1: The Math in a Favorite Sport.
Data Sheet 27.2: Sports and Math.
Project 28: Inventing a Math Board Game.
Student Guide 28.1: Inventing a Math Board Game.
Data Sheet 28.2: Guidelines for Creating a Math Board Game.
Project 29: Creating Math Puzzles.
Student Guide 29.1: Creating Math Puzzles.
Data Sheet 29.2: Sample Math Puzzles.
Project 30: Exploring Math Web Sites.
Student Guide 30.1: Exploring Math Web Sites.
Worksheet 30.2: Math Web Sites.
Project 31: The Math in Planning a Birthday Party.
Student Guide 31.1: The Math in Planning a Birthday Party.
Data Sheet 31.2: Birthday Party Basics.
Worksheet 31.3: Birthday Party Cost and Tally Sheet.
Chapter Nine: Math and Life Skills.
Project 32: Measuring Up in Metric and Customary Units.
Student Guide 32.1: Measuring Up in Metric and Customary Units.
Worksheet 32.2: Measure This.
Project 33: Buying Books for the School Library.
Student Guide 33.1: Buying Books for the School Library.
Data Sheet 33.2: Book List.
Worksheet 33.3: Book Cost and Tally Sheet.
Project 34: It’s About Time.
Student Guide 34.1: It’s About Time.
Worksheet 34.2: Weekly Schedule.
Project 35: Numbers in the News.
Student Guide 35.1: Numbers in the News.
Worksheet 35.2: Math Makes the News.
Project 36: A Class Math Tournament.
Student Guide 36.1: A Class Math Tournament.
Worksheet 36.2: Problems for a Class Math Tournament.
Project 37: Creating a Review for a Math Test.
Student Guide 37.1: Creating a Review for a Math Test.
Data Sheet 37.2: Tips for Writing Review Problems.
Project 38: The Presenters.
Student Guide 38.1: The Presenters.
Data Sheet 38.2: Possible Topics for a Math Presentation.
Worksheet 38.3: Presentation Planner.
Project 39: Setting Up a Math Portfolio.
Student Guide 39.1: Setting Up a Math Portfolio.
Data Sheet 39.2: Math Portfolio Guidelines.
Project 40: My Best Day in Math Class.
Student Guide 40.1: My Best Day in Math Class.
Worksheet 40.2: Remembering My Best Day.
Gary Robert Muschla, a prolific author and classroom
teacher, taught math, reading, and writing for more than
twenty-five years in Spotswood, New Jersey.
Judith and Gary Muschla have coauthored many bestselling math books including Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications, Grades 6-12, Second Edition; The Math Teacher's Book of Lists, Second Edition; The Math Teacher's Problem-a-Day; and Math Starters!