Projects (Extra Credit)

The links below are to additional activities for students. If you have creative ideas for activities please discuss them with me. I will continue to add options to this list and welcome your input.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: If you are considering doing an activity for extra credit, please review your plans with me prior to beginning any work. Also, some of the pages below link to other teachers' sites. Not all directions are appropriate for my classes. Please ask me if you are unsure. Good luck!

  • WebQuests
  • Art
  • Tests/Quizzes
  • Writing
  • Problems
  • Challenge

WebQuests

  • Baseball Prediction: Use baseball statistics combined with trend lines and linear regression to predict a team's winning percentage.
  • Thrill Rides: Research different "thrill rides", prepare a presentation of the 3 most thrilling rides, describing why you made the selection.
  • World Shopping Spree: Compare prices around the world and, using exchange rates, determine where the best buy is.

  • The Great Pyramic: Explore the geometry of the great pyramid. Build a scale model and present findings to class.

  • Other WebQuests: You can search the internet for other "math-related" webquests (Google: "Math WebQuest").

Art Work

  • Scale Drawing: Create a scale drawing (see Student Work on website). Quality of drawing, color and creativity will be rewarded!

  • 3-D Geometric Figures: Construct a 3-D geometric figure. The medium used for construction is your choice. Figures should be suitable for use in future classes. The quality of construction and the "artistic appeal" will be the key criteria used in evaluating this project.

Test Development

  • Math 1 (Algebra): Develop a test (using MS Word) for a concept (chapter) associated with Algebra. Provide an answer key showing all work needed to solve the problems. The test should be suitable for actual use with a class. Creativity in the problems developed will be rewarded!

  • Math 2 (Geometry): Develop a test (using MS Word & Geogebra) for a concept (chapter) associated with Algebra or Geometry. Provide an answer key showing all work needed to solve the problems. The test should be suitable for actual use with a class. Creativity in the problems developed will be rewarded!

Research & Writing

  • Mathematician Research: Write a research paper (in MS Word) documenting the major contributions of a famous mathematician. The paper must include at least one formula (using MS Equation) or diagram (using Geogebra) related to the mathematician's contributions.

  • History of Mathematics: Write a research paper (in MS Word) documenting the history of one area of mathematics (for example, number systems). The paper must include at least one formula (using MS Equation) or diagram (using Geogebra) related to this area of mathematics.

Problem Development

  • Systems of Equations: Develop and solve (1) a 3x3 system, (2) a 4x4 system, and (3) a real-world (word) problem that results in a 3x3 system. Show all work related to the solution of each of the problems.

  • Trigonometry: Develop and solve (1) a real-world application of the Law of Cosines and (2) a real-world application of the Law of Sines. Show all work related to solving each problem. Diagrams must be included for each problem. Additional value will be provided if the problems are developed in MS Word and the diagrams are in an electronic format (Geogebra, Powerpoint or other tool).

  • Pick Your Favorite Area: Develop challenge problems in the area of your choice - discuss with me beforehand!

Challenge Problems

  • To be added as problems are identified...