Math, Culture, and Popular Media: Activities to Engage Middle School Students Through Film, Literature, and the Internet

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Realizing that middle-grades students bring to classrooms different experiences that shape their meaning about mathematics, both from inside and outside the classroom, it seems that embracing cultureā€¦is one important way to address a need in schools - that is, high achievement in mathematics by all students.
- Michaele Chappell and Denisse Thompson

If your students can text like this: cul8r bff, they can solve for this: 3x+5=39+2x
In the middle grades personal identity becomes more important to learning than ever. More than a decade of research tells us that effective school mathematics has to be relevant to the lives and cultures of every student. Chappell and Thompson bring you a unique and user-friendly teacher resource that incorporates popular media from a variety of cultures in rich and engaging math investigations.

A wide range of math concepts - from algebraic thinking to number and operation, geometry to probability - are embedded within dynamic activities. Engage your media-savvy students with investigations from popular films, games, literature, and the internet. Connect your students to stories from African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American cultures. Activities are ready to use or customizable for your classroom.
CD-ROM includes:

  • 90+ reproducible investigations with answer keys available as customizable Word documents
  • Quick-reference matrix that cross references the activities by the five content strands of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and by the four cultural groups.

You can bring middle school math to life for all your students. This resource, ready to supplement your existing curriculum, shows you how and why to do it!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325021225
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,543,027
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michaele F. Chappell is the author of numerous publications on African American students' mathematics achievement and the professional development of teachers of mathematics. She is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Middle Tennessee State University. She is the owner and lead consultant for LCG Education Associates, LLC.

Denisse R. Thompson is the coauthor of three Heinemann titles: Math, Culture, and Popular Media: Activities to Engage Middle School Students Through Film, Literature, and the Internet (2009); Mathematical Literacy (2008) and Introduciton to Reasoning and Proof (2008), part of the Math Process Standards Series for Grades 6-8. A professor of mathematics education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, she currently serves as President of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2008-2009) and as monograph series editor for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (2005-2008). Denisse previously taught at the middle school, high school, and community college levels, and since 2005 has been Director of Evaluation for the Secondary Component of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. She has written extensively on mathematics communication and the use of children's literature to teach mathematics.

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