Math = Love: Mathematician Research Project

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mathematician Research Project

On the third day of school, I assigned every class but one a mathematician research project.  They didn't have to write a paper.  Instead, they would take the information they researched and use it to decorate the cover of their interactive notebooks.

Sounds like a great project, right?  Well, it would have been a great project if there hadn't been one major problem.  The majority of my students do not have internet access at home.  I'm new to this school and this area of the state.  Where I grew up, almost everybody had internet at home.  So, I mistakenly assumed that it would be the same here.  The students couldn't even use the computers in the school library because the library wasn't yet open.

However, some students did complete the assignment, and I was amazed at their creations.

First, here are the instructions for the project.

Today while I was grading notebooks, I took a few pictures of some of the finished products.  My 8th graders did the best job on this project, but I was rushed while grading theirs and I didn't get to take very many pictures at all.  But, I hope you get the idea.  Hopefully, I will be able to take a few more pictures at a later date.     

Front of Interactive Notebook: Isaac Newton Research Project

Back of Interactive Notebook

Front of Interactive Notebook

Back of Interactive Notebook


  1. Thank you for sharing your story! Being a first year teacher is a real struggle. You are so brave for sharing both the things that work well and the things that you will tweak for next year. I will definitely be following you this year. Good luck!

  2. I really love this activity! Each year I have my students do this same project in my classroom, but have had them make a tri fold brochure or a poster. I think this year I am going to have them decorate their notebooks....since so many of them still have not! Thank you for the ideas! I love reading your blog and am so glad you are willing (and able) to share with us!

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