Students write about the role math plays in a favorite sport or hobby.
writing in math, writing, math, real-life math, sports, hobby, hobbies, integrate, curriculum, interdisciplinary
This lesson helps answer one of the most common questions asked by math students: "When are we ever gonna' use this?"
Ask students to write on a sheet of paper their favorite hobby or sport.
Then ask students to
list on the paper three ways in which math is related to/involved in that sport or hobby.
Students might say they use fractions, decimals, and so on in their favorite sport or hobby. For each of those terms, students should describe the relationship between the sport or hobby and the math term. For example, if the hobby is sewing, fractions are used to measure the amount of cloth needed; if the sport is baseball, players' batting averages are figured as decimals.
list on the paper two math problems that might come up in the course of the sport or hobby.
At the 50 yard line, a football team is penalized 10 yards. Where will the team begin the next down? (50 yds. - 10 yds. = 40yd. line)
A recipe for brownies calls for 1-1/4 cups of flour. How much flour is needed to make a double batch of brownies? (1-1/4 cup x 2 = 2-1/2 cups)
write a paragraph about how math is involved in their favorite sport or hobby. The paragraph should include the examples they listed in their math problems.
exchange papers with a classmate and peer edit.
correct errors and rewrite the paragraph in final draft form.
read aloud the final drafts.
The following criteria might be included in a rubric for this activity.
Did students include in their written paragraphs
Melissa Thomas, Dacula (Georgia) Middle School