April Is Math Awareness Month!
And this year the theme is “The Future of Predictability.” Students usually love the challenge of predicting a pattern, but the concept of predictability can extend into further explorations too. Try asking students to make predictions about future technologies or how mathematicians will help change our world. For more information, download the poster or visit www.mathaware.org.
Want a simple way of celebrating Math Awareness Month in your classroom? Try one of these ideas:
- Have students pick a familiar technology (cellphone, for example) and predict what changes could be made to that technology in the future. Then ask them what math might be involved in those changes.
- Ask students to predict what math instruction might look like in middle school, high school, and beyond. What math skills do they think will be necessary? Why?
- Ask students to analyze a graph that shows trends over time (see a sample below). What do they predict the graph will look like in 5 years? Ten years? One hundred years? Why do they feel that way?
Does your classroom celebrate Math Awareness Month? What special things do you do?
Thank you to math coach Amanda Goedge and her team at Chippewa Valley Schools in Michigan for writing this post.