Student Project- Olympic Scoring: Is it fair?

Sochi Olympics (Creative Commons)

Sochi Olympics (Creative Commons)

Here’s a project that I plan to complete with my Math 7 Honors class this week. It is based on a terrific activity from YummyMath.  If you teach math, this site is worth a visit (and is well worth the $16 for membership for advanced features)!

From the creators:

“We’ve created Yummy Math to provide teachers with an easy way to bring real-life into their math classrooms. It is our belief that when math is explored in contexts that are familiar and of interest to students, students will be more engaged to do math, reason, think critically, question and communicate. “

I must admit that I often struggle with the fact that I want to bring more relevance to my classroom but do not have a lot of time to build quality projects. I am so grateful that YummyMath has provided some great opportunities for my students to make connections.

Olympic Scoring: Is it fair?
Math 7H Project

After completing the activity: Scoring Olympic Ski Jumping, you and a partner are tasked with researching another Olympic event that requires judges to score based on multiple factors.  You are to create a 5 slide Google Presentation to present your findings on whether you think the scoring is fair.

Slide 1: Title of Event (with appropriate graphic), Group Members
Slide 2: Short Video of event (under 3 minutes) of event (I will teach students how to search for short videos)
Slide 3: Explanation of Scoring (include number of judges, scoring categories, how score is calculated)
Slide 4: Is it fair? Why or why not?
Slide 5: Sources

This project will introduce/reinforce the following skills:

  • advanced google searches
  • copyright/ creative commons
  • using features of google presentations (embedding pictures/ videos/ slide formatting)
  • collaboration
  • critical thinking skills
  • analyzing data
  • oral presentation skills

Here is a link to the full project explanation, including the grading rubric. 

Here is a link to other Olympic resources and activities I have been collecting in my Diigo Library.

I hope my students enjoy this project. They have certainly had a lot of time to watch the Olympics with all the snow days we have had since the Opening Ceremony. I will post pics and some final projects when we are done!



Adding accountability

Although last year’s Algebra 1B review library was successful for students as they created their own screencasts using AutumsScreencastEducreations, I felt that there was something missing. Sure, a few high achieving students appreciated having the videos to brush up on skills before the exam; the rest didn’t really engage. I noticed the same thing with my own flipped lessons early on. Unless I added some “activity” to hold students accountable for watching, the students seemed to watch the videos less and less as the weeks went on. That is, until I added a little 5 question assessment!

I decided to add the same “accountability” to the student screencasts. The students needed to include and “assign” 5 problems for their classmates to complete. Additionally, needed to submit the answer key for these problems in their script.

Here’s the screencast project rubric.

The students LOVED watching their classmates screencasts and were incredibly focused watching and completing the assigned problems. I corrected them and counted it as an optional quiz. It was a win-win for everyone! 

Here are some student projects:

Autumn’s Screencast

Ava’s Screencast

Luke’s Screencast