There is a great opportunity for students to showcase their learning in math through the Exhibition. For some classes during this time, “math class” is often a welcome relief in all the busy scheduling of Exhibition. Many school keep a constant math period and continue to work through their curriculum while also working on math related to the Exhibition.
Three sources of internet-found brilliance are definitely worth taking a look at if you are interested in seeing how an inquiry approach can be taken to the integration of math in the Exhibition.
Authentic Inquiry Maths is a blog by Bruce Ferrington. He is interested in making “the kids do the thinking”. A teacher in Australia, Bruce’s blog has a number of posts related to the Exhibition that show how students have integrated their mathematical knowledge with their inquiry topic. He has some great examples of interactive graphs, using balance scales for participants to voice their opinion, and graphing data pictorially. The posts related to Exhibition are great but his whole blog is worth taking a look at for some great ideas about math inquiries.
Rebekah Madrid is a teacher at Yokohama International School. She has written an excellent, detailed post supported by real-life examples of the work of her students on the topic of Infographics – making numbers sing. In this post she details how she has her kids make infographics using found household objects to convey their data points. The post is well documented and supported by loads of additional resources should you wish to recreate her lessons with your own students.
Would You Rather? is a great math blog that asks students to choose their own path and justify it using math. Written by John Stevens, WYR? poses questions such as:
This blog would be a great place to get inspiration for kids to write their own WYR questions based on the knowledge they acquire throughout the Exhibition process.
How do you showcase Math in the PYP Exhibition?