Building a Better Baseball Team:
In this MEA activity, students will be comparing and contrasting whole and decimal numbers in order to recruit a baseball player(s).
This is a 5th grade MEA designed to have students compare different types of solar cookers based on temperature, cook time, dimensions, weight, and customer reviews.
Vending Machine Snacks:
In this MEA, students are challenged to choose the snacks that will be in a vending machine in a school. Students will need to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal numbers as well as compare fractions and decimal numbers. Students will work in groups to solve the problem and write a letter to the client explaining their thinking.
Wire We All Wet?:
A fire caused by faulty wiring set off a sprinkler system, which damaged a school. The school must be remodeled and the electrical wiring must be replaced. Students will use newspaper accounts to solve the mystery of how the fire happened. Then they become engineers and decide which materials to use to as conductors and which to use as insulators. In order to complete this task, students will learn about insulators and conductors, and practice reading nonfiction text and ordering decimals.
X-treme Roller Coasters:
This MEA asks students to assist Ms. Joy Ride who is creating a virtual TV series about extreme roller coasters. They work together to determine which roller coaster is most extreme and should be featured in the first episode. Students are presented with research of five extreme roller coasters and they must use their math skills to convert units of measurements while learning about force and motion.