Why Take This Course?
Have you ever stepped through a wardrobe into a magical land? Have you ever had tea with a faun or eaten dinner with a beaver? Have you helped a lion defeat a witch? Wait a second, what does Narnia have to do with math!? Everything! Math is everywhere. Join us this semester as we read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and discover a hidden world of fractions, ratios, rates, and negative numbers while we’re there!
The whole world is filled with magical, invisible math. In the Middle School math program we work with students to solidify foundational skills that will serve them in high school, college and most importantly – in real life. Math is taught in context, so it is relevant and meaningful. We challenge students to move beyond the common idea that only certain types of people can do math by giving them strategies to approach skill-based learning experiences.
In this expedition we read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We will use the context of the magical land of Narnia to show how math is used and can be applied anywhere. In addition to our Narnia-themed classes and projects, we will be following the adventures of Fred in Life of Fred: Fractions to build a solid understanding of fractions. Our Summit Project will be a fun, Narnia-themed application of ratios, rates, and fractions.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|How can I use ratios to understand and describe my world?||How can I use fractions to understand and describe my world?||How can I use negative numbers and the concept of absolute value to understand and describe my world?||How can I use the concepts of volume and surface area to understand and describe my world?|
|What are equivalent ratios?||How can I use fractions to understand and describe my world?|
What makes fractions equivalent?
|Why are negative numbers useful?||How can I draw 3-dimensional objects?|
|Why are ratios useful?||How do I reduce fractions?||How can I describe location with numbers?||How do I find the volume of a figure?|
|What methods can I use to solve ratio problems?||How do I add and subtract fractions?||How do I find the distance between positive and negative numbers?||How do I find the area of non-rectangular quadrilaterals?|
|What is a unit rate and how is it related to ratios?||How do I multiply fractions?||What does absolute value mean?||How do I find the surface area of a figure?|
|How do I divide fractions?||Why is the negative sign the same as the subtraction sign?||How can nets help me find the surface area of a figure?|
|How do I convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions?||How do I add and subtract negative numbers?||How can I use a coordinate plane to communicate location?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Stanley Schmidt||Life of Fred: Fractions|
|C.S. Lewis||The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe|
- Recommended Grade: 6th
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 5*
- Format: Live / Self-paced
- Credits: 0.5
*Math students spend at least one hour a day practicing math.