Fractions HW Projects

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This year I’ve been assigning homework differently after reading about alternative approaches to enhance meaning and engagement in student learning. One of the ideas my students have enjoyed most has been a week of homework projects instead of worksheets. I have been shocked by how much more work some students put into these projects than traditional homework.

Right now my room is full of posters and other projects waiting to be graded after our last cycle of projects on fractions. What has been especially awesome is the way some students are using technology on their own to do this work. Check out the videos Hunter included with his projects that included family interviews about how his family uses fractions. I really like how this got many students investigating “Real World” uses for something we have been in class.

Fractions HW Projects

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Download now or watch on posterous

p41.mov (38980 KB)

This year I’ve been assigning homework differently after reading about alternative approaches to enhance meaning and engagement in student learning. One of the ideas my students have enjoyed most has been a week of homework projects instead of worksheets. I have been shocked by how much more work some students put into these projects than traditional homework.

Right now my room is full of posters and other projects waiting to be graded after our last cycle of projects on fractions. What has been especially awesome is the way some students are using technology on their own to do this work. Check out the videos Hunter included with his projects that included family interviews about how his family uses fractions. I really like how this got many students investigating “Real World” uses for something we have been in class.

Ocean Floor Projects Wrapping Up

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Using Google Earth to Study the Ocean Floor

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We started to study the ocean floor this week in our
classroom. Teaching students about landforms under the ocean can be
a challenge, it is nearly impossible for then to actually see what
we are talking about expect for drawings and maps in our textbook.
It is common for students to ask volumes of questions about the
ocean floor. It is hard to understand what the Continental Slope,
Shelf and Rise are without seeing it. This year has been different.
We are in the middle of using Google Earth, a free downloadable
program, to find different formations along the ocean floor. It is
amazing to watch students make connections and form understandings
by zooming, searching and panning across satellite images taken of
the ocean floor and arranged together by the Google Earth Program.
Students are finding ocean ridges, seamounts, canyons, plains,
trenches and more to place into PowerPoint projects. We began using
Google Earth just before the holiday break, and this week learned
to find specific regions, zoom, and pan to view the elevations, and
save images to import into PowerPoint. the projects began today and
they are looking great. Here are some examples of the type of slide images
students are making.