Friday, September 25, 2015

Sparking Ideas

Popcorn, Buttered, Cinema, Corn, FoodToday I received notification from Next Lesson about two new math lessons that are available at their web site for a small fee.  It was the titles and descriptions that sent my mind scrambling to figure out how to use these ideas in class.

1. Block Buster Movies.  Students could research the top 10 blockbuster movies for the past three months, for the summer, for the year. It all depends on how you want to set it up.  As they research the movies, they could find information on how much did it cost to make vs the amount of profits.  How many theaters did it show in.  What was the average amount per theater.  What is the average cost of a movie ticket?  How many people saw this movie?  Create a chart, an infographic, or a report. 

2.  What about Gross National products, etc.  Students could look up values for economic indicators for 2015, 2010, 2005, and 2000 to show how these indicators have changed over the past 15 years.  Find the economic indicators for several other countries such as Iraq, England, Japan, Korea, Brazil, or Mexico.  Students could prepare charts, compare and contrasts, infographics, etc. 

The above two ideas require the internet to find the information.  They require students to create a compilation of the information, turn it into a readable form, interpret the data, and present it.  All skills that are required in jobs and in college now a days.