Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thanksgiving Math Projects For The Secondary Classroom


Most of my unit test are on Thursday and then there are only three days until Thanksgiving break.  This is not the time to start something new!  I searched online for some short projects and had some luck.

 I teach 7th grade math, 8th grade math, Geometry, Math Models and Calculus (Welcome to a tiny school district with 2 teachers for 7-12 grade math!).  I managed to scrounge up something different for all of them! I developed them to fit more of what we were working on in each class and would like to share them.  (I steal borrow enough from other teachers that I felt it was time to give back.)

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3 Day Thanksgiving Project -7th/8th Grade  - I am hoping this will last for three 90 minute class periods

(This isn't something I would hand out to them.  I would use these to help me keep track of what I wanted them to do.)

(Below is actually the 8th Grade but 7th Grade was basically the same, except that I left out the dilations  They don't get those until 8th grade in Texas. In place of dilations, I had them draw an extra original, translation, and reflection from the coordinates of another student.)

Original 
  1. Create a Thanksgiving theme picture on the coordinate grid.  It must contain at least 15 ordered pairs but no more than 25. Put a title of Original. 
  2. Write the coordinates down on a separate piece of paper by listing the coordinate in one column.  Put a title of Original and turn in both pages and be sure to put your name on both. 
Original recreated 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the picture using the coordinates you were given.  Do the best you can with what you were given.  Put a title of Original followed by the name of the person whose coordinates you had and turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
  2. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the picture using the second set of coordinates you were given.  Do the best you can with what you were given. Put a title of Original followed by the name of the person whose coordinates you had and turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
Translation 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Using the third set of coordinates you were given create a new set of coordinates that would create a translation. Do this beside the original coordinates   Turn page in and be sure to put your name above the coordinates you wrote. 
Translation recreated 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the pictures (original and translation) using the fourth set of coordinates.  Put a title of Translation followed by the name of the person's coordinates you had. Turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
  2. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the pictures (original and translation) using the fifth set of coordinates.  Put a title of Translation followed by the name of the person's coordinates you had. Turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
Reflection 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Using the sixth set of coordinates you were given create a new set of coordinates that would create a reflection. Do this beside the Translation coordinates.  Turn page in and be sure to put your name above the coordinates you wrote. 
Reflection recreated 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the pictures (original and reflection) using the seventh set of coordinates.  Put a title of Reflection followed by the name of the person's coordinates you had. Turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
  2.  Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the pictures (original and reflectionusing the eight set of coordinates.  Put a title of Reflection followed by the name of the person's coordinates you had. Turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
Dilation 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Using the ninth set of coordinates you were given create a new set of coordinates that would create a dilation. Do this beside the Reflection coordinates  Turn page in and be sure to put your name above the coordinates you wrote. 
Dilation recreated 
  1. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the pictures (original and dilationusing the tenth set of coordinates.  Put a title of Dilation followed by the name of the person's coordinates you had. Turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 
  2. Redistribute a coordinate done by peers. Draw the pictures (original and dilation) using the eleventh set of coordinates.  Put a title of Dilation followed by the name of the person's coordinates you had. Turn in both pages and be sure to put your name. 

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2 Day Thanksgiving Project - Geometry - I am hoping this will last two 45 minute periods.

With a partner, if you so choose, design a Thanksgiving Day turkey made entirely of geometric shapes. It must actually look like a turkey! You must include at least one of each of the following shapes: a circle, a triangle, a rectangle, and a trapezoid.

Once designed you will then cut out the shapes from color paper and put your turkey together. Tape your turkey to a clean white paper.

You will then find the area of your turkey and the perimeter by measuring and using the needed formulas. Remember to take into consideration the overlapping shapes and not count those parts twice.
All the measurements you used need to be marked on the turkey and each section needs to have the area and perimeter marked. Your final area and perimeter need to be written on the white paper along with your name and the name of your turkey.

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3 Day Thanksgiving Project - Math Models - I am hoping this will last three 45 minute periods.

Part I

You and your team have exactly $100 to spend on a fabulous Thanksgiving meal.

Collect data on the cost of a typical Thanksgiving meal. Your resources are the Internet, fliers from newspapers, recipes etc.. You will need to take into account the number of people served, the price of not just the turkey but also the ingredients that make up at least 2 side dishes, a bread, drinks (non-alcoholic, of course), and desserts.

Decide how much of each item you will need. You can decide to buy food that is prepared already or you can make things from scratch. Keep in mind if you buy a 5 lb. bag of sugar, you will not use it all and will have to figure out the cost of what you used. We are only counting food and drink. It is assumed you have all the plates, utensils, napkins, and so on.

Create a digital display showing how many people and what food you needed, including the cost of what was used. Also, determine the average cost per person. You cannot go over the $100 budget!

Part II: Chose one of the following options.

Option 1: You have been informed that most of your guest are on a diet and must watch their calorie intake. At most they can eat 700 calories for this one meal and are expecting to leave the table with bellies full of good food. They want turkey, 2 sides, a roll, a drink, AND a decent sized dessert (in other words, not a piece of fruit, one cookie, or a tiny piece of pie) all for 700 calories or less. You are going to have revise your menu from above in order to make everyone happy. You still have the same amount of people and you still have the same amount of money.

Create a digital display showing what food you needed, including the cost of what was used. Also, show the calorie count of one meal that includes at least 4 oz. of turkey, 1/2 cup of 2 different side dishes, 1 dinner roll, 1 serving of dessert, and a drink. You cannot go over the calorie limit nor the budget limit!

Option 2: You have fallen on hard times, but are determine to still have a decent meal. You still have the same amount of people coming over and they still expect to have turkey, 2 side dishes, bread, a drink, and dessert but now your budget has been reduced to $50.

Create a digital display showing what food you needed, including the cost of what was used. Also, determine the average cost per person. You cannot go over the $50 budget!

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3 Day Thanksgiving Project - Calculus - I am hoping this will last three 45 minute class periods.

  1. Create 5 related rates and/or optimization problems that involve a Thanksgiving theme. You may look in your book for inspiration but please use your own ideas and be creative. 

  1. Solve them on a separate sheet of paper.

  1. Exchange papers with another student and solve their related rates and/or optimization problems on a clean sheet of paper.

  1. Discuss answers to check for correctness.


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I hope this is something that you can use in your classroom.  If so, please let me know in the comments!

1 comment:

  1. Very nice! Making it fun will make it stick. If you needed to stretch it you can always have them write something about it. Either a reflection after the fact or a written plan before! Have a good time!

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