Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom: Grades 3–5 explains how to keep inquiry at the heart of mathematics teaching in the upper elementary grades. Helping teachers integrate other subjects into the math classroom, this book outlines in-depth tasks, projects and routines to support Project-Based Learning (PBL). Featuring helpful tips for creating PBL units, alongside models and strategies that can be implemented immediately, Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom: Grades 3–5 understands that teaching in a project-based environment means using great teaching practices. The authors impart strategies that assist teachers in planning standards-based lessons, encouraging wonder and curiosity, providing a safe environment where mistakes can occur, and giving students opportunities for revision and reflection.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. How to Use This Book 3. Section I: Understanding Project-Based Learning in a Math Classroom 4. Mathematics and PBL–The Perfect Match 5. Experiencing PBL: A Professional Learning Simulation 6. Section II: Designing Inquiry-Based Tasks and PBL Units 7. Creating an Inquiry-Based Task or PBL Unit 8. Math and Literary: Two Sides of the Same Coin 9. Key Teaching Strategies for PBL 10. Section III: Inquiry-Based Tasks and PBL Unit Examples 11. Complete PBL Unit Example 12. Inquiry-Based Task Examples 13. PBL Unit Examples 14. Appendix: Experiencing PBL Handouts 15. Appendix: Complete PBL Unit Example Handouts 16. About the Authors
Telannia Norfar is a mathematics teacher at a public high school in Oklahoma City, OK. She has taught all high school courses including AP Calculus AB for over 15 years. As a former journalist and account manager, Telannia found Project-Based Learning a viable method for teaching worthy mathematical concepts.
Chris Fancher is a retired public school math and engineering teacher living in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every math course, from pre-algebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education as well as being a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering teacher and an instructional coach for Project-Based Learning.