Historical Math in the Classroom: Four + Score + 7 = x
We're "Lincoln" Numbers and History Together!
Four Score + seven, ahh I'm nostalgic for the old math like this, I wasn't born yetTeaching across the curriculum is one thing that I am horrible at (I'm also bad at ending sentences in prepositions). I teach history and spend the day in my classroom talking about dead people, there really isn't much time for anything else. I mean come on, there are a lot of dead people in history to cover.
However, this year I am making a change. I am digging deeper into my teaching repertoire. In an effort to try and hop aboard this "S.T.E.M. Train" that is sweeping education, I thought I would at least work in a few math problems here and there.
I enjoy a math problem from time to time, as long as I can solve it. I really enjoy MashUPMath and their daily problems, so I thought I would try and incorporate what they do with some history elements. I present to you "Historical Math."
How Do I Use Them?
Typically, I use these for Bell Work at the beginning of class to get things started. I love them for these reasons:
1. They are challenging. They cause the students to think and it isn't a typical rote memory review question that I have done in the past.
2. It incorporates some math concepts into the lesson that I know my students see and use other places.
3. It helps them work on problem solving.
4. It allows me to sneak in some extra random history facts that I enjoy teaching about.
How Does it Work?
When the students come into my classroom the problem is up on the screen. Like this:
I set a timer for 5 minutes and they begin working on solving it in their notebook.
While the timer is running, I take attendance and then walk around the room and help students as needed. I allow them to use textbooks or chrome books to find the historical correlation. At the beginning of the year, they need help identifying the people. However, by the end of the year they recognize most of the faces and presidents.
While they are working...
They are trying to do two things:
1. Solve the Equation
2. Find the relation between the number and the picture.
In this example the number/relation is as follows:
Abraham Lincoln/He is the16th President but I really wanted to introduce the 13th Amendment with this problem so I linked Lincoln (nice!) with #13.
Thomas Jefferson/3rd President
John Quincy Adams/6th President
Here is the answer slide, which has the answer and also a "Fun Fact" about John Quincy Adams. He kept an alligator in the White House, that's pretty cool!
These historical math problems will challenge your students and bring some math into your classroom that is different than anything they will see throughout the day.
These will be added to my TeachersPayTeachers store soon!