1st Edition

10 Performance-Based Projects for the Math Classroom
Grades 3-5

ISBN 9781618215802
Published September 15, 2016 by Routledge
182 Pages

USD $29.95

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Book Description

Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

Grades 3-5

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Why Project-Based Learning? What Are the Advantages of Using PBL in a Mathematics Classroom? What Sorts of Products Could Be Used in a Mathematics Classroom? Project 1: Oral Presentation Project Outline: Having Your Math and Eating It Too Suggested Timeline Lesson: Using a Recipe Lesson: The Basics of Fractions Lesson: Adding and Subtracting Fractions With Different Denominators Lesson: Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers Lesson: What Makes a Good Presentation? Handouts Product Rubric Project 2: Debate/Speech Project Outline: Design Your Own Waterpark Suggested Timeline Lesson: What Is Volume? Lesson: How Much Water Is in the Bathtub? Lesson: What Makes a Good Waterpark? Lesson: Giving a Professional Presentation Handouts Product Rubric Project 3: Group Discussion Project Outline: Going on a Trip, Pioneer Style Suggested Timeline Lesson: Introduction to Westward Expansion Lesson: How to Estimate and Measure Time and Distance Lesson: How to Estimate and Measure Volume of Liquids Lesson: Food and Other Trip Supplies Lesson: How to Lead a Good Discussion Handouts Assessment Forms Project 4: Role-Playing Project Outline: Playing Store Suggested Timeline Lesson: Going to the Store Lesson: Working With Decimals Lesson: Calculating Sales Tax and Discounts Handouts Product Rubric Project 5: Interview Project Outline: Bridge Over Troubled Water Suggested Timeline Lesson: History of Bridges Handouts Product Rubric Project 6: Exhibition Project Outline: Coordinate Plane the Dots Suggested Timeline Lesson: How to Use Coordinate Planes Lesson: Using Coordinate Planes in the Real World Handouts Product Rubric Project 7: Essay Project Outline: Build a Fort Suggested Timeline Lesson: How to Find Perimeter and Area Handouts Product Rubric Project 8: Research Paper Project Outline: Math in Real Life Suggested Timeline Lesson: Math in Real Life Lesson: Conducting Research Handouts Product Rubric Project 9: Journal/Student Log Project Outline: The Theory of Flight Suggested Timeline Lesson: Setting Up an Experiment Lesson: Using the Scientific Method Lesson: Converting Distances Lesson: Analyzing Data Handouts Product Rubric 41Project 10: Portfolio Project Outline: You Are What You Eat Suggested Timeline Lesson: How to Track Calories Lesson: How to Create Graphs Handouts Product Rubric REFERENCES ANSWER KEY ABOUT THE AUTHOR 67COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

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Todd Stanley is author of seven teacher education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom and Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills.


This teacher's math workbook is part of the 10 Performance-Based Projects series which provides good opportunities for advanced learners to integrate their math learning with other 21st century skills, including flexible thinking, collaboration and presentation . . . For teachers interested in adding some additional hands-on activities to their math curriculum, this workbook can be useful resource to use with some classes of students. Mindprint Learning, 10/17/16
The projects, although providing excellent ideas and strategies, are best suited to be add-ons to current content; however, the peer reviews and student reflections can be beneficial tools in the classroom at any time. I believe this book could be useful for teachers wanting to add depth to their mathematics curricula. ,Shelli Casler-Failing,Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School,4/1/17