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Let’s talk math projects….As a teacher, I love to implement projects into as many units of study as possible. Projects can push students to use a higher level of thinking, because often, projects include more creativity, application, evaluation and analyzation than the average assignment or activity. This is a great way for us, as teachers, to see that students’ have the capability to expand upon their skill set.Students also enjoy doing something outside the normal lesson. Projects can give students’ choice, which can boost their engagement and motivation, allow them to capitalize on their interests and strengths, and enable them to meet their individual learning needs.Projects are a teacher and student win-win! Therefore, my math friends and I want to share with you some of our FAVORITE math projects that you can use in your classroom! Let’s start with the projects I use in my classroom… Students ALWAYS ask how will we use this math in the real-world?! Therefore, I create projects that have students use their math skills in real-world scenarios. They're also perfect for a summative assessment at the end of a unit OR integrated within a unit. Either way, you are answering that forever dreaded question of how math is used in real life! Read about some of the projects I’ve created for my students: FROM MY MATHTASTIC FRIENDS |

Selfieometry – Kacie Travis, The Efficient ClassroomLooking for a way to assess or reinforce what your Geometry students have learned? This project combines Geometry with the craze of “The Selfie!” It assesses the student's ability to apply Geometry concepts to the real world with a fun, highly relevant spin! |

Design a Game Show Using Probability- Rise Over Run Students use what they know about probability to create their own game show. They can get creative and even test out their games! Instructions are included to guide students in designing a game based on a simple event, designing a game based on a compound event, explaining the probabilities of winning, and choosing prizes based on a budget and probabilities of winning. |

Math is Everywhere Project – Middle School Math Man Get students thinking about how they see math in the real world with this Math is Everywhere Project. Students combine art and math to create a tile that shows how they see math outside of the classroom. These make an amazing bulletin board display! |

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If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I LOVE real world projects! And it all began with this one….

Linear Equations are All Around Us!

This was the FIRST project I ever made for my students.

It made me fall in love with integrating projects into my classroom.

I created it in a way that gives students' options of topics and various levels of difficulty.

And most importantly, my students had FUN doing math!!!

Linear Equations are All Around Us!

This was the FIRST project I ever made for my students.

It made me fall in love with integrating projects into my classroom.

I created it in a way that gives students' options of topics and various levels of difficulty.

And most importantly, my students had FUN doing math!!!

There are soooo many real-world scenarios that involve linear equations, but I tried to use a variety of ones that were most relevant for teenagers. Each of the following topics are included in this project:

- Cell Phone Plans
- Hourly Wages
- Frequent Flyer Miles
- Temperature Conversion
- Taxi Fares
- Car Depreciation

- Write a linear equation that represents a real-world scenario.
- Create a table to represent data for the linear equation.
- Graph the linear equation.
- Create a visual demonstrating this real-world scenario.
- Answer questions about the real-world scenario by analyzing the equation, table, and graph.

Students determine the rate and write an equation for the real-world scenario. Some projects require a little research, but a link is included to help them find the data. Then, they use the linear equation to fill in a table.

Students graph the linear equation and plot the ordered pairs. I suggest they use graph paper or Desmos. Students label important information on the graph: x-axis, y-axis, ordered pairs, and use an appropriate scale. Students then analyze their equation, table, and graph by answering questions.

Students create a visual demonstration of the real-world scenario by drawing or using an image from the internet.

A Google Sheets answer key for each scenario is included, so you can insert any rate of used in each project and it automatically calculates the information needed for grading. A rubric is also provided, so you can easily evaluate each aspect of the project. It is great for students to use, so they know exactly what is expected of them for each part of the project.

- 6 student projects (print & digital) – various levels of difficulty and perfect for differentiation
- Note to Teacher – an overview of the project
- Answer Keys
- Rubric
- Example Project

One of my favorite concepts to teach is linear equations. I love giving students a variety of ways to show what they know. If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to assess students on linear equations, then this project is perfect!

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Cryptocurrency began in 2009 and has been a phenomenon ever since! The value of several cryptocurrencies has **exponentially** increased over the years. This is REAL WORLD math at it’s finest!

Okay, admittedly, I knew next to nothing about cryptocurrency, besides that it existed, until this year. More and more of my friends and family have been interested in and investing in crypto. It got me very curious about what it is and why are people buying it. As I dove more into it, I realized that the trend of several cryptocurrencies would be perfect for an exponential regression project. And quite frankly, digital currency is VERY exciting, as this isn’t something we’ve experienced ever before in history. It’s a brand new type of currency!

Okay, admittedly, I knew next to nothing about cryptocurrency, besides that it existed, until this year. More and more of my friends and family have been interested in and investing in crypto. It got me very curious about what it is and why are people buying it. As I dove more into it, I realized that the trend of several cryptocurrencies would be perfect for an exponential regression project. And quite frankly, digital currency is VERY exciting, as this isn’t something we’ve experienced ever before in history. It’s a brand new type of currency!

**So, here are the details…**

In this project, students will take a closer look at the price change of cryptocurrency and where it is potentially headed in the future via historical data and finding an exponential equation of best fit.

**What is cryptocurrency?** I’m sure you’re thinking that if you don’t know anything (or much) about cryptocurrencies that you can’t use this project with your students. WRONG. I’ve included a “Cryptocurrency: What is it?” introduction activity. This will help give the students (and you) enough basics about cryptocurrency in order to complete the project.

In this project, students will take a closer look at the price change of cryptocurrency and where it is potentially headed in the future via historical data and finding an exponential equation of best fit.

Students are to find the curve of best fit for a exponential function in the real world by performing the following:

- Understand the basics of cryptocurrency
- Research a cryptocurrency
- Gather accurate data and create a table
- Graph a scatter plot
- Find an exponential equation of best fit
- Graph an equation
- Predict future values of cryptocurrency using the equation of best fit

Students are given a specific cryptocurrency to research. The research includes finding the ticker symbol, learning what their currency is, three facts about their cryptocurrency, and collecting pricing data for their currency over a specific time period.

Students use the TI-84 graphing calculator to find the exponential regression equation. Then they use Desmos to create a scatter plot and graph the exponential regression equation. Students answer questions to help them understand and analyze their results, including future price predictions for their cryptocurrency.

A Google Slides template is provided, so students can type in their information in the specific location. They then can easily turn their project into you via Google Classroom or email.

GRADING

An answer key that gives the data, equation of best fit, and the answers to the questions is included for each cryptocurrency. A rubric is provided, so you can easily evaluate each aspect of the project. It is great for students to use, so they know exactly what is expected of them.

What’s included in the project?- Note to Teacher
- Project Overview
- Introduction to Cryptocurrency Activity
- Pick your Cryptocurrency
- Student Presentation Template
- Answer Keys
- Rubric
- BONUS: Exponential Regression Calculator Sheet
EVERYTHING included in this project is 100% editable! So, you can adjust to fit your curriculum needs. |

Most of my students knew nothing about cryptocurrency when they began this project. But, they were intrigued because they’ve heard about cryptocurrency AND knew some businesses that were beginning to accept it for payment. Why not learn more for themselves?! This is a cutting edge project that you don’t want your students to miss out on!

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More mathtastic real world projects for your students:

Using data to find a quadratic graph of best fit is an awesome way to connect math with the real world. However, it’s not always easy to find authentic data to use for a quadratic regression equation. I REALLY wanted to use the flight of a soccer ball or golf ball and find a video on YouTube that had all the stats using a trace finder that states the distance and height. I searched and searched, but could not find a video that was clear and had the information needed to collect data for a scatter plot. So, I began looking at weather patterns, but that wasn’t quite right either. However, it helped me stumble across the timeanddate.com site. This is when I realized I can use the time of day and the altitude of the sun for a quadratic regression real world project! Of course, you can only use it for ONE day otherwise, it’s a periodic function. Here are the details of the project...

In this project, students are to find the curve of best fit for a quadratic function in the real world by performing the following:

- Choose a city, country and date for your research.
- Collect data on the
**relationship between time of day and the altitude of the sun.** - Record your information in a table.
- Find the curve of best-fit model using the quadratic regression feature on a graphing calculator.
- Graph the scatter plot of the data set and the curve of best fit in Desmos.
- Analyze the results.
- Record all of the information in a Google Slide Presentation.

VISUALS

The Google Slides template is provided, so students can type in their information in the specific location. They then can easily turn their project into you via Google Classroom or email.

The project directions and rubric are 100% editable! This is very easy to integrate into any Algebra course either in-person or online, gives students some freedom of what place to research, and is mathtastically fun! And since it’s editable, you can even change it to record data over several days and find the sinusoidal regression equation for a higher-level math course.

**Click on the cover below to go directly to this project:**

Absolute value inequalities was not a topic my Algebra 2 students remembered from Algebra 1 AT ALL! I know that they hadn’t seen it in two years, but still, I felt like it was a completely brand new topic for them. This got me thinking that I need to have an absolute value inequalities project in Algebra 1 to help solidify this concept long term. So, I did some research on the Internet to find some ideas on a fun way to tackle this concept. I created the following project and my students had a lot of fun with it because it combines technology, shopping (who doesn’t love to shop?!), and of course math. Below is an overview of this project…

Absolute value inequalities was not a topic my Algebra 2 students remembered from Algebra 1 AT ALL! I know that they hadn’t seen it in two years, but still, I felt like it was a completely brand new topic for them. This got me thinking that I need to have an absolute value inequalities project in Algebra 1 to help solidify this concept long term. So, I did some research on the Internet to find some ideas on a fun way to tackle this concept. I created the following project and my students had a lot of fun with it because it combines technology, shopping (who doesn’t love to shop?!), and of course math. Below is an overview of this project…

Every project needs to have a focus and goal. In this project, students are to…

- Define absolute deviation
- Research a type of product and record the various prices
- Find the mean of the prices
- Create and solve an absolute value inequality based on the mean price and the absolute deviation
- Graph the results on a number line
- Analyze the results
- Record all of the above information in a Google Slide Presentation

RESEARCHStudents choose a product line to research, such as different types of cars, phones, computers, clothes, etc. They also are to find the definition of math terms to help with their understanding. They record the prices and copy and paste pictures of each type. RESULTSStudents use the absolute deviation and mean price to create an absolute value inequality. Then, they solve and graph their solution on a number line. Finally, they determine which product(s) meet the requirements. VISUALSThe Google Slides template is provided, so students can type in their information in the specific location. They then can easily turn their project into you via Google Classroom or email. |

As with any project, I do use a rubric, which is 100% editable for teachers. I also include a Google Sheet where you can type in each student’s product price and it will calculate the mean and deviation range, so you can easily check each project. I dread grading projects, as they can take a long time, but this rubric and spreadsheet make it so simple and fast!

This project is very easy to integrate into any Algebra course, gives students some freedom of what product to research, and is mathtastically fun! Here is a video that shows the example project I show my students before they begin:

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