Eighth graders in Roald Dejean’s math classes at King Middle School studied math in the world around us by examining and creating infographics. As part of the graphing unit, students analyzed different kinds of graphs such as bar graphs, circle graphs, and line graphs. They focused on how infographics use data and graphs to present information visually. Then students collaboratively designed the culminating project with Roald. They collectively brainstormed possible topics which included the wingspan of birds, water consumption, sports statistics, and the wage gap.
Students worked individually or in pairs. They began by selecting and researching a topic of significance to them in the library and had time over the course of two weeks in class and as homework to complete the project.
After collecting their data, students entered it into Google Sheets to create graphs. Students chose from a curated list of tech tools to present their findings. While most used Google tools such as Slides and Drawings, some experimented with platforms such as Canva and Easel.ly.
This fun student-driven math project mixed together research, technology, and graphic design skills. It presented students with opportunities to collaborate and be creative, showcase their thinking, and play with math.
– Mia Gittlen, K-8 Instructional Technology TSA