Math projects are an amazing way for children, of all ages, to practice math skills while creating and applying those skills to real life. The Math-Troplis Math Project creates a fun and engaging way for children to practice their math skills within the Government Unit of study by analyzing data, creating maps, examining shapes, and more- all while reaching each child on their individual math skill level. This allows children to gain a deeper understanding of these skills as they apply them to constructing and creating their own metropolis… or MATH-Tropolis.
For the Primary Math-Tropolis Project (typically K-1) children will learn and practice skills such as collecting data, graphing, number sense, measurement, and 2D/3D shape awareness. Furthermore, they will also gain an understanding and awareness of the city they live in and the architecture that surrounds them in their daily lives. By the end of the Primary Math Project, children will create and draw out their own design for a city and will build a 3D model using legos, magnatiles, or other materials. This gives the young learner the opportunity for an engaging and hands-on application to their design. The child can map out with real 3D shapes their model city, check for spacing and sizing, and make revisions to their design as they see it come to life!
Children learning from the Post-Primary Math-Tropolis Project (typically 2-3) will use the same concept from the Primary project but just take it a step further. For this Project, children start off researching information about the city they currently live in, create their own survey questions, and collect data to chart and graph. Students will develop and construct a city by not only sketching an idea but also applying concepts- such as measuring perimeter and mapping out their design for the city created. They will measure and chart their city designs using shapes on grid lines to help children visualize and gain spatial awareness of their creation.
Children working on the Comprehensive Math-Tropolis Project (typically 3-5) will collect research data and create multiple charts to measure data into different categories, create surveys to question friends or family further collecting research. Then students will take all this data to dream up, construct, and map out a design of their own city onto graph paper- using coordinates to help align and chart their city’s design. Children will practice concepts of measurement, geometry, graphing, and will use area and perimeter to aid in their city’s layout.
Math is all around us and we interact with it in our every day life! Math Projects enable children to experience math in an engaging and fun way by applying it to real life. The various levels of math concepts used in the Math-Tropolis Project are all beautifully woven together to give your child an awareness of their city around them, an opportunity to interact with their community, and the thoughtfulness of how to make it a better place to live. All children are gifted with the ability to explore and wonder when given the opportunity, and this math project is designed to encourage your child and inspire these ideals to create, build, and wonder, while giving them a real-world math scenario to apply learned concepts.
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