Using Video/Images to Engage Students in Math

Here are a few examples of how I use Video and/or images to engage students in my math classes.

– Most of the ideas here are not my own. Credit should be given to Dan Meyer, Andrew Stadel and Kyle Pearce.

As warm up activities: Estimation180.com

Estimation180 is great for warm ups but even better for getting students to practice predicting their answer which allows them to decide if their answer they calculate makes sense.

Here is an example:

Estimate: Day 53

What is the volume of the vase?

Questions we ask to get students thinking of reasonableness of their answers.

Give an estimate that is too low.

Give an estimate that is too high

Give an estimate that is just right.

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Engaging Math Problems vs. Standard Math Problems

3-Act Math Problems

Original concept from Dan Meyer – Read about it – The Three Acts of a Mathematical Story

Here is a standard Math problem from grade 9

A remote control car travels 4.5 feet in 0.6 seconds. How long will it take to go 22ft?

Here is an example of the same problem but presented in a more engaging way.

Act 1: The intro……show the problem

What did we wonder?

-When will the zebra get dragged?

-Give an estimate.

Extra info.

Another Example:

Humming Bird Problem:

A humming bird flaps its wings 27 times in half a second. How many times will it flap its wings in 1 second? 1 minute? 5 minutes?

Same Problem – Jazzed Up

Watch the humming bird!

Act 2: