As you may or may not know, many of our teachers have our students collaborating with other kids across the country. The authentic audience and global connection makes for some pretty powerful learning.
Recently, a fifth grade teacher from South Dakota (shout out to Mrs. Hojer) and Mrs. Guido from DuJardin worked together to create an awesome thanksgiving themed project for their math classes.
Students wrote narratives about a balloon's route in getting to New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Then, they used Google My Maps to create a map based on their narrative and shared it with their collaboration buddies. Their buddies then were able to calculate the total number of miles traveled and answered many different math questions based on their journeys.
It was such a neat experience for the kids. Writing narratives for a math purpose was fun. In addition, using Google My Maps was a new tool for our fifth graders- and one that they can hopefully use in other ways- throughout their education and beyond. The math involved was challenging and pushed our students to take ownership of new skills. After all, their work was being seen by their buddies... so they wanted to do their best!
These are the kinds of learning activities our students remember. Our Goal- more of these invaluable opportunities for the kids!
Check it out in action!