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Math Fun Lesson Plan
A fun bulletin board display helps students explore the ways they use math in their daily lives.
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This lesson helps students see how often they use math in their daily lives.
Before the Lesson
Cover a bulletin board with white construction paper or lightly lined chart paper. Cut a sheet of aluminum foil into an oval about 3 feet tall and two feet wide at its widest point. Hang the foil (or a mirror of roughly those dimensions) in the center of the bulletin board, on top of the white paper or chart paper.
Cut out large letters and staple the headline WHO NEEDS MATH? to the bulletin board. Leave the bulletin board up for a couple days without saying anything; see if any students express curiosity about the display.
After a couple of days, introduce the bulletin board to students. Read aloud the question that appears above the mirror. Help students "see" who needs math. Ask students to think of some of the ways in which they use math every day. Write their responses on the white construction or chart paper.
As the day goes on, any time students do something that involves math (if they keep score during a game, count lunch money, line up according to height, or count the number of minutes left before lunch, for example), add that information to the list on the bulletin board. Doing that will help make clear the students' homework assignment for the next few nights
Point out to students that there is plenty of room on the bulletin board to write additional ways in which they use math in their everyday lives and that, over the next week or so, you want them to give lots of thought to the question Who needs math? Tell them that each night they are to keep track of ways in which they use math outside of school. (Suggest they keep a written record so they don't forget any of the many ways they will encounter.) Each day, add those ways to the list on the bulletin board.
Soon the bulletin board will make its point very clear -- math is everywhere in our lives! Math is as important a skill to develop as reading is.
Invite students to write in their journals about the importance of math in everyday life. Prompt their writing with the simple question: Who needs math? (If students do not keep journals, they can write a brief paragraph or essay in response to the question.) The bulletin board can serve as a source of ideas for their writing.
Lesson Plan Source
ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 9 - 12
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-COMM.PK-12.2 Communicate Their Mathematical Thinking Coherently and Clearly to Peers, Teachers, and Others
NM-COMM.PK-12.3 Analyze and Evaluate the Mathematical Thinking and Strategies of Other
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-CONN.PK-12.2 Understand How Mathematical Ideas Interconnect and Build on One Another to Produce a Coherent Whole
NM-CONN.PK-12.3 Recognize and Apply Mathematics in Contexts Outside of Mathematics
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