With the goal of working on our skills in collaborating, problem solving, communicating clearly, and thinking more deeply, this week we continued to build on our mathematical wonders. We used questions from last week, as well as generating some new ones.
Students read an article/post by the World Wildlife Federation about the environmental impact on chocolate production, which had us questioning both mathematically, and ethically.
We also read some mathematical information regarding the usage of food banks in Hamilton and Canada.
After generating many questions, students indicated which of those they would like to investigate.
They set out to collaborate, investigate, verify, communicate, and then, reflect.
For instance, one group of students wondered, “How many people could be fed with the total of food donated by our school during the Halloween for Hunger campaign?” They knew they would have to …
After gathering totals collected by School Council and then adding our own class contribution, they then had to estimate how many items they thought would be needed for a meal. In their reflections, some students communicated to the class, that they were surprised. They felt many more people would have been fed. Our next step? To decide how can we use this information to make a difference.
We didn’t finish our sharing or reflecting, but some of it did get observed by a photographer from the Hamilton Spectator. We had been asked last minute, if we could demonstrate some of our math strategies to support an upcoming article. Turns out, the photos are in today’s paper, if you want to check it out.