## Math Examples

I spend quite a bit of time reinforcing the notion with my students that math is about so much more than just computing numbers, while at the same time pointing out that much of the hidden math that we do in our daily lives such as deciding where to throw the basketball on the backboard to successfully score a basket, or how to angle a pool cue to set off the right chain of events to get the 8 ball in the corner pocket, involves numeracy skills. Math is all around us, and it is so important that students make these real life connections. Here is an example of a lesson that I might use on Edmodo with my students:

Watch the following video and think about how it is connected to math.

**Example Lesson:**Watch the following video and think about how it is connected to math.

Consider what the video is showing and think about what the people in the video needed to consider as they planned and then performed this experiment. How did math factor into their plans? After you have done some thinking, look at the list of video games given below. Take a closer look at these video games and then play a few of the ones that are of interest you.

Once you have familiarized yourself with a few of the games below and have played at least one of them for a few levels, return to Edmodo and click on the ‘Turn In’ assignment button to complete the following assignment.

Once you have familiarized yourself with a few of the games below and have played at least one of them for a few levels, return to Edmodo and click on the ‘Turn In’ assignment button to complete the following assignment.

**Assignment:**

**How is this math?**

After viewing the video clip and then playing a few of the video games, reflect upon the question “how is this math?’ In a good, well-structured paragraph that is at least 7-10 sentences in length (minimum), explain the math that is involved in the video clip and also in one of the video games that you chose to play. Here are some questions that you may want to consider as you prepare your paragraph answer:

**Video clip:**

- what factors did they need to consider when designing this experiment?

- what kind of math did they need to do to ensure that they would be successful?

- what might have happened if their math was off?

- do you think that they did a test run first? How might that be helpful?

**Video game:**

- what kind of math is being used in this game?

- how can I apply what I am learning in this game to my class math work?

- how can I apply what I am learning in this game to real life situations?

Please be sure to check your work over carefully to be sure that you have met all of the assignment criteria before you submit your assignment in Edmodo.

**Image Credits:**

All of the above images are screen shots taken from the game websites.

Lure of the Labyrinth (http://labyrinth.thinkport.org/www/)

Sugar, Sugar (http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-sugar-sugar)

Factory Balls (http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-factory-balls)

Home Sheep Home (http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-home-sheep-home)

Isoball (http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-isoball)

Bloxorz (http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-bloxorz)