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Math Exploration Paper
Math Exploration Paper

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Bree HohnbaumMath 257Exploration PaperAround Christmastime, many schools like to create projects about Santa, Christmas, Hanukah, or
any other holiday that the students would like to celebrate. This is why the video “Scientific Secrets of Santa’s Success
-How Santa Gets around in
Just One Night (20/20)” appealed to me. The video is a
scientific way to see how long it would take Santa to deliver presents in one night, covering all countriesand houses. The video also shows how to use the scientific notation when needed and also how to dosome complex decimals and fractions while converting them from seconds to minutes to hours. Therewere also some estimations in there like, how many presents per house or how many children per house
that was a “good” boy or girl that year.
The video did a great job of representing how to calculatesomething
that some may think are “incalculable”. This video is relatable to students and also relatable
to math. Relating things from the topic to the students is the key when presenting new information.I really liked this video because it is informational while showing how to calculate large sums. Ilike that it was funny a
nd educational at the same time while it didn’t lose interest.

It didn’
t concludethat Santa is not real, which I liked, it basically just showed us the time it takes for him to go around the
world and how “magic” works.
It can have the students draw their own conclusions about Santa. Thevideo showed how to accurately use the scientific notation for large quantities and conversions. I thinkthis is a great idea to use with students in a number of topics.I could use the video about Santa in my own classroom in a great many of ways. Any holidaycould be used. Take Halloween, for example. I could tell the students to make a guess on how manypumpkins are in a pumpkin patch. Then, I would have them multiply the number of pumpkins in a

pumpkin patch by how many pumpkin farms the students think there are in Boise, then in Idaho, then inthe USA, and so on. This would teach students to also use scientific notation when using big numbersand also brush them up on their multiplication and decimal skills. This same concept can be applied to agreat number of holidays or other things that would be useful and fun at the same time. It is relatableto students while it is educational. If some students do not celebrate holidays, then other items may beused or the teacher can ask the children to each find their own custom and go on that. I like this ideaand I intend on using it in my own classroom.The second video that really appealed to me was the one
called “Real
-
World Math Methods”.
The video showed how to use real-life objects to perform math so that it is relatable to the students. AsI have stated previously, when math is relatable to the students, they will then grasp the concept beinglearned in greater depth. This is true not only with math, but any subject. There have been manystudies conducted about students that use something relatable to them while studying or trying to learna new concept and it really works. The video talked about how teachers should try and get theirstudents to go outside and count items they see or do multiplication problems with them, withsomething that is outside. Not only will it be something in real-life that the students can touch, but itwill get them moving and excited to be outside instead of doing regular math problems indoors, at adesk.In my Math 257 class, we have been talking all year about how to make things relatable to thestudents so they will pay attention more and be able to grasp the concept with ease. We have also beentalking about the importance of using manipulatives so the students get a real hands-on experience. Ibelieve this is important, especially for new teachers, to use in their everyday math lessons. Not onlydoes it spice things up so that it is not the same repeated math the students do every day, but they willunderstand better when they have something to physically see and touch.

I will use this very frequently in my own classroom. When teaching a new math topic, I will takethe students outside, if possible, to show them how to multiply flowers or how to estimate how manyants there are in an anthill. I like the idea of using relatable things to the students. I have always had anidea to use fake money in the classroom, and depending on how good each student is they will then geta weekly allowance. Money will be subtracted for bad behavior and added for good behaviorthroughout the week. At the end of the week on Friday, the students will be able to purchase
something from the “store” which will basically be a bunch of dollar store toys and candy. The students
will have to accurately give me the correct change and will have to add in the tax as well. If the studentscannot get the correct change, they will have to wait until the next week to purchase something. Thiswill teach students how to count change, money, and how to add and subtract. It is relatable to them,for they will be buying things in the real-world for the entirety of their lives. It also will teach them thevalue and importance of money while being able to count something physically in a math lesson.These two videos that I have viewed gave me a real insight to how I can change things up in myown classroom someday. I would like to be the best teacher that I can possibly be and be there for mystudents when they need me. Watching videos like these gives me more ideas to implement into myclassroom when the time comes. I like to learn the most I can about how to teach math because it canbe a very hard topic for some students to grasp. If I have enough teaching methods lined up, there willbe fewer students who will struggle. My collection of ideas to take with me to my own classroom growsevery time I watch videos like these and the two that I have viewed and talked about in this paper willdefiantly go on with me.

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