Created with support from the GE Foundation's Math Excellence Program, Building Math inspires students to learn algebra by solving engineering challenges on imagined adventures to Mount Everest, the Amazon, and a deserted South Pacific island. The three-book series for grades 6 - 8 was developed by the Museum of Science and Tufts University. Over the past two years, it has been piloted successfully with hundreds of students in Massachusetts schools.
In hands-on investigations integrated with engineering design activities, math students collect and analyze their own data, helping them develop algebraic thinking skills and solve real problems (such as designing a bridge prototype or building a shelter). On each adventure, they apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and use the engineering design process to meet challenges.
Recommended for enrichment, or as a replacement unit, each title in the series has an engaging theme:
>Everest Trek (grade 6): While scaling the world's tallest peak, students must design a well-insulated coat, a bridge to cross a crevasse, and a zip-line transporter to descend the mountain in an emergency.
>Stranded! (grade 7): On a remote South Pacific island, students design a shelter, a water collector, and a canoe loading plan to survive.
>Amazon Mission (grade 8): To help people in Brazil cope with malaria, students design a carrier to insulate medicine, a water filter, and a plan to stop the spread of an influenza virus.
The Building Math book series includes a reproducible teacher book with student handouts and teacher support materials (for each grade level), a poster of the design process, and a DVD of classroom implementation. It is available nationwide via Walch Publishing, walch.com. To order, call 1-888-991-5755.
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Website||Order online from Walch Publishing|
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