Wednesday, April 09, 2014

High School Service Day: Making Math Movies

The high school students will help us make movies today as part of their service day.

There will be plenty of options available as they work with fourth graders to solidify the meanings of multiple math words.

First, I'll emphasize the rationale by explaining that one obstacle to learning math well is learning the language of math.  A focus on math vocabulary is important when it comes to understanding math.

Next, I'll introduce the project steps.
  1. Use Google research to tools to find the word's definition, etymology, examples, and images.
  2. After that decide on the kind of movie you'll make.  I'll show the three examples below as models of possible movie types. Make sure your movie includes words, images, and music.
  3. After that follow the steps on the hand-out to make your movie.
  4. Don't hesitate to ask for help--try to make your movie no more than 2 minutes long.
  5. Follow this time line process to including time for planning, creation, editing, and sharing.
  6. Enjoy the process!  Have fun, play, and learn the meaning of your assigned math word. 
Note: The project turned out to be a big success. The children moved closer to their goal of understanding all the vocabulary related to our fraction unit thanks to the high school students.  There's still some work to do, but I'm very proud of the children's amazing creations (all far better than my examplars :)):