Would you like to get started with real-life math projects in your classroom? I’d love to get you started with a free math project so you know exactly what to expect! Even if this particular math project doesn’t fit your classroom needs, it will give you a good idea of exactly what you can expect to find in my other projects for other topics and grade levels.
This free math project is centered around a camping theme and is best suited to Grades 2 and 3. Students will work with addition and subtraction within 100 to complete camping-related tasks. Many teachers report that their students didn’t even realize they were doing math while working on this project!
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Here’s a quick summary of exactly what you’ll find inside The Camping Trip Math Project:
TASK #1: CAMPING SUPPLIES
Your family has decided to start camping! But first, you’ll need to buy some supplies! You already have a tent, but you have $75 to spend on other supplies. Decide which supplies you will purchase with your $75.
TASK#2: CAMPSITE PLANNING
Altogether there are six families coming on your camping trip! Let’s figure out the best group camping site for everyone. Then work with campsite costs.
TASK#3: GROCERY SHOPPING
You’re in charge of grocery shopping for your family. Use your budget to decide what you will buy. Figure out the total amount.
TASK #4: SETTING UP THE SITE
You’ve arrived at the campground and now it’s time to set up your campsite! Figure out how long it will take to set up. Can you complete all of the setup within the hour? Then you’ll need to haul firewood.
TASK #5: S’MORES
It’s not a bonfire without s’mores! Crack the code to reveal the instructions for making a s’more!
TASK #6: TIME FOR GAMES
There are lots of outdoor games to play while you are camping. You and a few of the others set up three different games to play. Use the data from each game to answer the questions
TASK #7: CANOE RENTALS
It’s a beautiful day so you decide to go canoeing! Let’s go to the local canoe rental shop! Work out the cost of canoes, lifejackets, and other supplies for each family.
TASK #8: GOING FOR A HIKE
The campground has a popular hiking trail. Everyone decides to go on a group hike. Use the map to answer the questions.
TASK #9: BIRD WATCHING
As you hike, you decide to graph all of the different birds that you see. Interpret the data from the graph.
TASK #10: GOING FOR ICE CREAM
After the hike, you’re starving! Let’s go to the campground ice cream shop! Figure out the total cost.
GREAT FOR CLASSROOM TRANSFORMATIONS!
This project is a great opportunity to transform your classroom and add another level of student engagement!
While your students work, use your projector to put a “fire” on, and serve hot chocolate and marshmallows! Some teachers have even set up a tent in their classroom which serves as the station where kids work on this project.
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