Thursday, November 6, 2014

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Brown 7th Grade Mathematics

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Brown, 7th Grade Math

Rational Numbers Song Project

Mrs. Brown's students are working on a Rational Numbers Song Project using WeVideo.  Let's see what this project is all about.

What are the students doing?  
Students are creating and recording a song based on rational numbers. Some students came up with an original beat and lyrics, while others re-wrote the lyrics to the tune of a popular song. Students recorded their songs and created a video using WeVideo.


What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?
My hope is that by completing this project, students have found a unique and personalized way to remember the rules for operations with integers, decimals, and fractions. When presented with a problem later in the year, hopefully students will recall their song lyrics. By completing projects such as this, I also hope to instill a love of learning into my students. Often times, students find math difficult, and therefore, do not enjoy it. I want my students to like coming to class. Having my students do something out of the box that showcases their creativity and individuality makes class more fun for them.

How did this activity tie to your standards?
The following standards were covered through the rational number song project:

7.NS.A.1 Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram.
7.NS.A.2 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers.

How did this activity promote student learning?
This activity encourages collaboration and higher-order thinking skills as students are required to apply what they have learned to teach their topic through a song.

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