The year is coming to a close. I personally have 8 more teaching days. Rather than allow my students to check out, I am challenging them to use everything we have learned this year and apply it to something fun. I recently went to an Escape Room for my friends' birthday, and let me tell you it was a blast. We had so much fun that I decided I must try to make one of these for my students. The results are my Pirate themed Math Escape Room for 3rd grade.
My kids loved this activity so much that I am currently working on one for grammar and for reading as well. What skills would you like to see covered in an Escape Room? This is definitely going to be my summer project, so leave me a comment telling me what you'd like to see and I'll try to work on it.
Math is best learned and practiced in relation to real life situations. For this reason, my students have always worked on at least two different math projects during the course of a school year – often more if time allowed for it. For the past two years, I kept the same students in a multiage classroom, so I wanted to make sure that they were doing new math projects that helped them work on different skill sets. A few of my math projects – like the Balanced Checkbook project and the Holiday Shopping Project – can be done by the same student multiple times, but most should only be done once. Because of this, I created new and different projects, and have now bundled them together into a set of 7 math projects, which is available for less than purchasing each project individually. The seven math projects available in the set are:
Holiday Shopping (works on addition, subtraction and rounding while building a holiday shopping list)
Ice Cream Shop (works on multiplication, division, subtraction and rounding while students split the bill at an ice cream shop)
Be an Architect (works on area and perimeter while students design their dream school)
Balanced Checkbook (works on all 4 operations and rounding while students plan a monthly budget with salary and bill cards)
Party Planning Project (works on doubling, halving, tripling and quartering, as well as all 4 operations and rounding, while students plan recipes and a budget for a party)
Field Trip Project (works on elapsed time and all 4 operations while students create a plan for a field trip they would like to take)
Holiday Recipe Project (works on elapsed time, addition, subtraction and rounding while students create a plan to follow a holiday recipe)
I hope one of these projects, or the entire bundle will help your students to practice their math skills with a real life application. Happy teaching!
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