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Off-Road Algebra: Using off road motorcycling videos to learn Algebra

What it is: Off Road Algebra is a series of video resources focused on pre-algebra and algebra for ninth grade.  This Hot Chalk  unit centers around off-road motorcycle racing.  There are 30 related problems for off-road algebra, each with an accompanying digital resources. Problem 1: Conversion between gallons and liters Problem 2: Miles per gallon Problem 3: Gallons per mile Problem 4: Velocity x time = distance, Part 1 Problem 5: Velocity x time = distance Part 2 Problem 6 (not available) Problem 7: Comparing decibels Problem 8: (not available) Problem 9: Slopes and Ramps, Part 1 Problem 10: Slopes and Ramps, Part 2 Problem 11: Playing catch up, Part 1 Problem 12: Playing catch up, Part 2 Problem 13: GPS Axis Problem 14: GPS conversion Problem 15: GPS distance Problem 16: Mixing Gas and Oil Problem 17: Margin of Victory Problem 18: Lap Time Math Problem 19: Trac Turn Angles Problem 20: Number of Revolutions Problem 21: Inside and Outside a Wheel Problem 22: Choosing between mean and median Problem 23: Cylinder Volume Problem 24: Comparing the Volume Problem 25: Graphing the Ride Problem 26: Acceleration, Part 1 Problem 27: Acceleration, Part 2 Problem 28: Acceleration, Part 3 Problem 29: Calculating with the contact patch Problem 30: Tire Aspect Ratio How to integrate Off-Road Algebra into the classroom: If you have spent any time in a math classroom, I’m sure you have heard something to the effect of, “why would we ever need this in real life?”.  It is a good question.  Learning should look like life…after all, isn’t that the point?  Off-Road Algebra helps students understand how the concepts they are learning in algebra are related to life through the world of off-road motorcycles.  Math is more than just filling in the correct answer on a test. Math is everywhere and we need to help students see that. These videos walk students through off-road motorcycling problems so that they can make the connections between the classroom and life beyond the classroom.  There is a printable PDF that you can download that has thorough explanations and answers for all 30 problems. You can also find a correlation between the math problems and standards. Use these videos with your whole class using a projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard.  Video is ideal for math because it gives students the ability to pause, rewind and replay as needed.  Using an IWB with built-in IWB software, students can annotate over the desktop to solve equations as the video plays. The videos are a great alternative to the standard math textbook, offering video explanations of how to solve a variety of problems.  Students can use these to support work in the classroom or at home.  The videos could make a quick-stop center activity in the one or two computer classroom. Tips: Be sure to check out Hot Chalks other real-world math problems. Please leave a comment and share how you are using  Off Road Algebra  in your classroom!  

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Posted by admin | Posted in Character Education, inspiration, Teacher Resources | Posted on 11-09-2008

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 Some school years start out much bumpier than others.  This year has definitely been a bumpy one for me.  Nothing seems to be working the way it should, the kids are disappointed that in the first 4 weeks of school they have not had computers available in computer class.  I am feeling frustrated at the lost teaching time (so many things to fit into a 35 min. once a week class!)  This weekend one of my professors from my college (Colorado Christian University) days spoke at church.   Sid Buzzel was/is one of the most influential educators in my life and one the I deeply respect.  He came to teach about education.  It was exactly what I needed, I loved hearing his passion for education and his explanation to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children why he is an educator.  He reminded me of why I am an educator.  I miss being taught on a regular basis by Sid.  The church recorded Sid’s inspirationalwords.  I highly recommend this podcast.   I’m sure it won’t take long to figure out why this man made such an impact on me and my teaching career.  I’m ready to press on through the problems and teach my students…with or without computers! :)  Take a break, put your feet up and get renewed.  Let me know what you think and tell us about the influential educators in your world.   

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