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A Day in My Life

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Keywords: math, ratios, proportions, project-based learning
Subject(s): Video, Technology, Podcasting, Algebra, Photography, Math
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Harrison Intermediate, Wylie, TX
Planned By: Katie Savino
Original Author: Katie Savino, Wylie
A Day in My Life
Project Instructions
1. You will choose 5 activities that are not done concurrently, such as eating, sleeping, and going to school. Activities that can be performed concurrently will not work for this project. For example, you cannot choose watching television and spending time with family if these are done at the same time.
Record your activities

2. Next, estimate the number of hours you typically spend on the activity each day. After totaling these 5 activities, subtract from 24 to find the amount of time you spend doing other activities.

3. Next, you will set up a proportion using your age as shown below. In this example, Ms. Savino sleeps 8 hours a day, and has lived 23 years.

4. By solving this proportion, you can find an estimate of the number of years in your life spent doing this activity. Record your data.

5. After solving for the part of your life spent doing each activity, you will solve a proportion to see what percent of your life is spent doing the activity. In this example, Ms. Savino sleeps 8 hours a day, and percents are out of 100.

6. Once this is done for every activity and for the “other activity” category, you will make a pie chart to display your data. You will use Microsoft excel to create your graph.

7. Presentation: You will present this project to the class. Use your camera to take photos of yourself doing each activity and display on your graph. Think of creative ways to use the photos in your presentation. For example, you may put all of your pictures in Windows Movie Maker and include percentages, transition effects, and other video aspects. You could also use your camera to create a video to show the class.

Materials: Video Cameras, Digital Cameras, Projectors, Calculators, Elementary, Flash/USB Drives, Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Podcasting