All-Star Track Runners:
Students will help a track coach determine which shoe is the best to purchase for his team. Students will be required to convert measurements initially and then rank the shoes from best to worst based on the data provided.
Free Flight in Return for your Ranking!:
This lesson asks students to rank four promotional deals that a travel agency is running. Before they make their decision, the students have to convert the duration of the trip to the same unit so that they can analyze the data.
Handle with Care: Spacecraft Handles :
Students are asked to evaluate and design a procedure for ranking door handle designs for a spacecraft. They will consider several factors associated with functionality and the elements involved in the design of a spacecraft.
Students will explore animal adaptations and habitats when aliens from an Earthlike planet send the Earth a gift of animals from their planet and the animals must be placed in a zoo. Students will use the characteristics of the animals to figure out the habitat the animals are best adapted to.
Mars Exploration Administration:
Students will be given the opportunity to design a conductivity tester for astronauts to use on Mars. Students will then get to use a 3D printed tester to check common items for potential conductivity and then to redesign their tester.
In this MEA, students evaluate the contributions of various explorers to help a museum select the subject who provided the most impact on Western development for a new exhibit. Students will need to convert units to have the necessary information to help come up with a solution to the problem.
New Frozen Yogurt Store:
This MEA asks students to decide which factors are important in developing a successful frozen yogurt (froyo) store in order to compete with and become the best store in the area. Students will provide feedback to an entrepreneur who is looking to open a frozen yogurt store. They will rank order their choices of the most successful to least successful store. Students will provide a detailed written explanation for how they decided to rank factors and their solution rating existing stores from best to worst.
Pounds to Ounces: MEA:
The client, Twi N. Key Bakery, wants your students to help them determine which product to sell in your school. Along the way your students will have to convert pounds to ounces as well as survey their peers.
Shoe Closet MEA:
In this open-ended problem, students will work in teams to determine a procedure for ranking shoe closets for a company to purchase. Students will need to calculate the cubic feet of space for the closet, make decisions based on a table of data, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.
Stand Up and Cheer:
This MEA asks the students to compare items to be given to fans attending a college homecoming football game.
Students will use multi-digit multiplication and measurement conversion while comparing data on the items. They will also take into account fan reviews of the items which should create interesting student discussions.
Storage for Storage:
In this MEA, 5th Grade students will work in teams to determine a procedure for ranking Storage Sheds for a construction company that is moving to a new facility to purchase. Students will need to calculate the square feet and cubic feet of space for the Storage Shed, make decisions based on a table of data, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.
Workouts That Work:
Students will create a rating system for workout DVD's according to weight loss, muscle toning, and increased physical condition.
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.