The students spent the first few weeks of school studying decimals and fractions in Matt Rodante’s math class. Now, they are beginning a ratio unit. Since last Friday was an activity schedule due to a pep rally, it was the perfect opportunity for some “hands-on learning.”
Health screenings also occurred last Friday, so Blue team teachers incorporated a timed mile run with the day’s math instruction. Each student timed a partner, and vice versa.
Students were timed for how many seconds and minutes it took to complete each lap. They totaled their times for four laps to get their time for the mile. They then converted their times into mixed numbers and decimals. Finally, students got to find their unit rate per lap and per mile.
Since many students retain what they are learning better when they can use it in a real-life context, the activity was both fun and academically valuable. The teachers and students at CMS are actively looking not only to continue last year’s positive TVAAS scores, but improve on them as well.