Welcome 2013! We have started off an exciting new year in the classroom. Students are extremely motivated and task oriented.
Upon completing their decimal concepts, students were given a HOTS Activity to explore.
Living in Alberta, just outside of Edmonton in a small hockey spirited community, with the NHL back up and running after a long lock-out, my class members were excited to work on an activity I call “The Battle of Alberta”.
Following is a description of the inquiry based / creative thinking learning model I used to implement H.O.T.S. (Higher Order Thinking Skills) activities with some of my students. Using our classroom set of netbooks I set out the following task.
Number Concepts Activity (including decimals)
The Battle of Alberta
Your parents give you $150.00 for your 17th birthday. You and a friend want to go to the Edmonton Oilers game Saturday, January 26th, at 8:00 p.m. They are playing off for the Battle of Alberta against the Calgary Flames. You check ticketmaster for ticket prices and find ticket cost fluctuates from lower prices in the “nose bleed” section to pricier seats. Parking costs $12.00 if you decide to drive. The concession prices are posted with most items averaging around $5.00. Don’t forget they have the Oilers store that you may want to visit.
With your budget, make a plan for your evening out.
Will you go dutch with your friend or will you be treating your friend? How will you get to and from the game? Where will you be sitting? What (if anything) will you have to eat? Will you be purchasing any souvenirs or memorabilia?
You are quite thrifty and want to make sure that you are getting the “most for your money”.
Be prepared to share, discuss, and post your Oilers vs Flames evening plan.
Some of the sites that my students chose to search and visit via their netbooks included:
Students visited Ticketmaster or The Official Website of the Edmonton Oilers to actually price seats for the game
Rexall Place Concessions- Students found a site that actually had a picture of the concession prices and referred to these items and prices when doing this project.
Oiler’s Store at Rexall Place- students could visit the virtual on-line version of the Edmonton Oiler’s Store to view merchandise and decide if they were going to purchase any memorbalia.
Students worked within their given dollar amount (for this event $150), and devised individual budgets for their night out. They were adding, subtracting, multiplying numbers and the math talk was very rich with students explaining to peers what they were doing and why. When presenting they were justifying why they chose to buy an item, or why they decided not to buy a particular item. Students explained their thinking strategies aloud to a very captive audience. This activity allowed for success for all my students by scaffolding the assignment. In my classroom my students found this learning activity to be very rewarding and even fun. In repeating Dr. Chapman’s words…”Math is fun when you understand it!”
I am attaching a PDF copy of the activity I used in my classroom in case anyone else in interested.