Wanted to share (at your requests!) some of the math projects I've done with 3rd and 5th graders. This year I'm in 4th, and am going to adapt some and create some, and hopefully everyone will be sharing some as well!
This was used several years for a home-school connection. Parents got involved with helping their children create a layout of their bedroom that was to scale. It was fantastic!
If this were to be used IN school, I might send for homework the first page with room measurements. Then the plotting it on the graph/grid and laying it out could be in school. To extend it, the children could actually customize a grid paper to fit their bedroom, and come up with 2-3 alternative layouts for their room.
This was a very fun project. I did it with third graders last year, and plan on using it with 4th graders next year, only expanding it to include a budget, cost for food, employees, price of menu items, create a menu, etc.
I do this one during the NCAA March Madness. It took us about 4 days to complete it, but that is because a good amount of math time was devoted to it, and I hand fed a lot of the details to them. To extend the project, it could easily become more student centered - they have to research the teams, find the stats, use the actual make up of the finals, etc.
I learned this one in my Math Methods class a loonnnggg time ago, and I still find it a great project for the kids to do!
Attached is the Design a Poster for Multiplication directions in which children are asked to teach an "alien" how to do multiplication. This can be easily adapted for addition, subtraction, addition/subtraction/multiplaction of fractions, working with decimals, etc.
This was a project I adapted from someone here on PT (Thank you, whoever you are!)
I had only allotted 45 minutes in my class to do this this year, but no one finished! Next year I plan on using the same project, but giving kids time during the 2 weeks before Thanksgiving to work on it. They won't feel so rushed and the project will be fully utilized with the time extension
This first attachment is the menu - I actually printed them on nicer paper and laminated them (double sided) so they can be used for a few years.
Having kids create menus is a great idea. When I taught percentages, I had kids create a menu and write word problems based on the menu. They had to include things like calculating a certain percentage of the meal for a tip, calculating how much money someone would save with a senior discount (a percentage off the meal), and tax.
An idea similar to designing the layout of a restaurant would be to design the layout of an amusement park with requirements for rides, game booths, food booths, etc.
Thanks for the great posts and site. I use math centers once a week and am always looking for new sites and ideas. That site is amazing! I will be printing for the next few hours. I also use lesson plans from the futures channel. http://www.thefutureschannel.com/
It has great math projects for kids. My kids loved every activity.
Room205 you are a genius. These math projects are so incredible. You have really put a great deal of time and thought into each of them. I see students being pushed a little to complete a real-world activity. Thank you so much for sharing
Room205, I think I'm going to do the Multiplication Poster for an Alien sometime during the first week of school - maybe start the first day. Did you do it in groups? I was thinking pairs. What do you think?
kristeacher, what an awesome website. I watched a video on skateboards and one on bats. After the bat video, I looked at the lesson plans for hands-on activities that would go along with the movie. Incredible!
I am very interested in doing a math project around March Madness. You said it took about 4 days to complete it, other than the worksheet, what did you do that took 4 days? I would love more ideas. Thanks
Thank you for sharing the math projects you created with us. I plan on using "Design a Restuarant" this year with my 4th graders. If you expanded on the project for your 4th graders, and don't mind sharing I would love to have a copy.