Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pre-Algebra Road Trip Project

Well, since I'm preparing to start my first year of teaching, I decided that I really needed to finish posting the last few projects I did during my student teaching.  During my last week of student teaching, my cooperating teacher asked me to come up with a creative way to review some of the 8th grade math standards. 
A lot of my students had been struggling with the concept of proportions.  With lots of practice, they had been improving, but many students still weren't comfortable with solving proportions.  I wanted to show students that proportions were definitely applicable to their lives.  So, I created this road trip project.  It actually turned into a 3-part project because the students were enjoying it so much. 

Day 1

Day 2

Each student chose 5 cities to travel to on their road trip.  Using a ruler, they drew out their route on a US map.  Then, using the map scale, students determined the length of their road trip in miles. 

Day 2 was spent using gas mileage and fuel costs for various vehicles to determine which vehicle students would take on their road trip.  On Day 3, we calculated food costs, hotel costs, and rental car costs.  By the end of the 3-day project, students were much, much, much more comfortable working with ratios and proportions.  It was an amazing experience to see the light bulbs go off with so many of my students.   

Files have been embedded below.  After you choose the file you want to download, you should be able to click the three dots in order to access the download button.  If you have any trouble with this, send me an e-mail.  I'd be happy to attach the files and send them to you!


UPDATE: Day 2 and Day 3 have now been posted!  Link to Day 2 and 3

10 comments:

  1. This is an awesome project! Pinning it for future reference :)

    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

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  2. This is amazing! Nicely done. When will you be able to post day 2 and day 3?

    M

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  3. Just posted Day 2 and Day 3 this afternoon. Thanks for asking. I had totally forgotten.

    Link: http://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/2012/08/pre-algebra-road-trip-day-2-and-3.html

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  4. There aren't any files showing up to download? Could you email them?

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    1. Sure! E-mail me at mathequalslove (at) gmail (dot) com, and I'll gladly attach the files and send them to you!

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    2. Sure! E-mail me at mathequalslove (at) gmail (dot) com, and I'll gladly attach the files and send them to you!

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  5. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you have found my blog to be useful!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! Used this in my college remedial class for an independent project.

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