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Keywords: Algebra, math, video, photography, real world, applications
Subject(s): Video, Technology, Algebra, Photography, Math
Grades 7 through 8
School: Olive Vista Middle School, Sylmar, CA
Planned By: Brent Obillo
Original Author: Brent Obillo, Sylmar
-Students will identify real world problems from given story problems.
-Students find places, events, or items in the school envoronment that can be used to create story problems.
-example: Students take a picture of the Olive Bowl and measure its diamater. They also take a picture of the square track area and measure the dimensions. Questions could be is it farther to run around the Olive Bowl (circumference) or around the four backstops at PE (perimeter).
-example: students can use the video feature of the cameras to video a race during pe. Using the ratextime=distance formula, students can calculate and compare the speeds of students.
-In a PowerPoint presentation, students will share out their story problems. They will give the class a chance to work out problems and allow them to create extension questions.
Students will enjoy being able to use technology, but they will also be able to make connections with math into their world.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Students can calculate speeds of students in different races for PE to see who is "the fastest." Students can burst photography to find the height of objects shot during science class.
Students can find real world situations outside of school. They can take pictures at a Dodger game, in the mall, etc. to really make these questions relevant to themselves.
Materials: Mobile Labs
Other Items: 1 Dell Classroom Netbook - Latitude 2100 with Bundled Accessories, $634.94 each, total of $634.94
1 Mobile Digital Camera Lab, $3648.95 each, total of $3648.95