Contributed by:
Jennifer Eggert | Instructional Technology Coach | Bloomingdale, IL, USA

Video math stories for REAL LIFE math!

Video math stories for REAL LIFE math!
Students create a real life math problem and record it on video for their peers to solve
Main objective
  • Students will be able to create video math stories based on understanding of multiplying decimals and real world math (but you can apply this to any math standard).
  • Students will be able to solve the problems presented in the video math stories of their peers.
  • Students will evaluate the mathematical thinking of others.

International Society for Technology in Education Standards

ISTE Standard 6b: Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

ISTE Standard 6c: Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

ISTE Standard 6d: Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Apply any math standard to REAL LIFE!

How can you take any math standard and apply it to REAL life for your students? Engaging them through designing math videos that are created around applicable and authentic situations and incorporating the math learned in class is a GREAT way get them excited about their learning. Once they plan and publish their videos, they can solve the math story problems of others. It doesn’t end there! Students then extend their thinking by evaluating the math thinking of their peers. Whoa! Seems like a lot? It’s totally feasible and super worth it!

This lesson plan was inspired by The Tech Savvy Educator. Check out more real life math video inspiration there.

Suggested Steps
  • Review the math concept.
  • Discuss the applicability factor: When in real life will we use….?
  • Allow students to choose partners.
  • In pairs, generate story problem- include math language, equation, etc.
  • Create a plan including: Video Title, Characters, Props Needed- consider including a script or storyboard template.
  • Show many examples- allow students to look at these examples for inspiration (see the video examples above and additional ones under the “Materials” section).
  • Film/Record Video.
  • Edit and publish with WeVideo.
Solving + Reflection
  • Share videos to a platform for fellow students to view.
  • Have students listen to and solve the video math stories of their peers.
  • Have students evaluate the mathematical thinking of their peers. Questions:
    • Was the mathematical thinking correct? Why or why not?
    • Did they use a similar strategy that you had in mind?
    • If you were the teacher, what would you say?
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