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Nov 18, 2014




March 9, 2010

You watch Scooby Do

We have read Math CurseAnd, of course

You love Math! Now you are ready To write a


Explore Math Mysteriesat home at school anywhere you go!

Almost everything in life can be thought of as a math problem. For this assignment, we will form teams to collaborate and write our own math inspired short stories that are of the mystery genre. The stories must include five math problems.

In order to satisfactorily complete this project, every group member must keep a math mystery journal and compile a portfolio that will include everything we come across on our journey.At the end of this assignment, you will have written a short story that uses math to solve a mystery.

For this assignment, you will be divided into teams. Each team will be responsible for creating their own math-based short story. Teams should assign specific roles to each team member, and each member should be responsible for completing their share of the assignment. Remember, communication with teammates is very important. Teams will be given time to work together in class, but they will also be encouraged to discuss the assignment outside of class either through meetings, phone calls, texting, or online chatting.

Mysteries are stories that have a plot involving a crime or other puzzling event which is not solved until then end. Mysteries often have a surprise ending in which the truth is finally revealed. Common elements of a mystery include: a crime, a detective or other person attempting to solve the crime, multiple suspects and possible endings, clues, a chase scene!

Are you familiar with any of these Famous Mysteries?Sherlock Holmes Agatha Christy Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Numb$rs (watch the video below!)

Media ElementsFor more inspiration, click this link on Mystery Writing.

What is a Short Story? A short story is a fiction work that usually has a single plot, a small number of characters, and takes place in a short period of time. Your short story should be no more than 3000 words. Components of a Short Story Plot, Setting, Characters, Theme

Short Stories We Have ReadThe Librarian and the Robbers

What will the Title of your story be?

Short Story

Math Problems

Math has never been so funny. When Mrs. Fibonacci tells her class, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem," the Math Curse begins for the little girl in the story. Getting dressed, eating breakfast, waiting for the bus -- EVERYTHING becomes a math problem. How will the math curse ever be broken? By using math, of course.

You will use a few different types of math problems throughout your story. You must include at least one of the math challenges listed on the right. Then at least four math problems of your choosing, from lessons that you have already covered. This could include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time of day, measurements, temperature, number theory, etc.

Math Challenges Click on lines for more information: Fibonacci Sequence Sieve of Eratosthenes Perfect Numbers Roman Numerals Other Numeric Systems like Hindu, Arabic, Chinese Statistics

Before beginning this project, we will discover what we already know about math, short stories, and mysteries.First fill out your KWL sheet, so we can start to compile information into our portfolios that will hold all the information, ideas and knowledge that we gather in our journey. What do we already know? What do we want to learn?

The rubric you follow will depend on the type of medium you use to present your short story. Copies of all rubrics should be filed in your portfolios, regardless of which medium you choose to submit your short stories. Again all information must be copied and compiled in order for your groups to be successful. You must collaborate and consider everyones ideas and opinions then decide how to use as many of these ideas as possible in your final project.

It is important to remember that recording your thoughts, ideas, and research materials will benefit your teams success. Use your journals to record all information and use your portfolios to compile all hard copies.

Observe the math problems around you.How long does it take you to get ready for school? How much warmer is it outside compared to yesterday?

Brainstorm and log ideas into your journals.

You will work as part of a team to write a short mystery story that includes five math problems. Each story will be loaded into the class wiki. There are two formats you can use to write your short stories: Microsoft Word Comic Life

All projects will be stored in a wiki that was created for this class. A wiki is an editable website. To see the class wiki, check out Math Mysteries Wiki . You can first create your document in Microsoft Word or ComicLife then upload or paste it into the wiki. By using a wiki, your teams story will be available for anyone to read on the Internet.

One option for telling your story is the traditional way write your words in rough draft format, then edit, and revise to produce the finished piece. Microsoft Word should be used. Many famous short stories have been published on the Internet. Check out An Elephants Child by Rudyard Kipling. It took him over 70 years to get on the internet. Youll be published after this assignment!

To see short mysteries written by other students, check out Read Student Writing !

For instructions on how to upload or paste your story into a wiki, check out Loading Your Story into the Wiki .

Another option for telling your story is to create a comic. ComicLife ( is a website that allows you to create a story in a comic book style. You can upload pictures and insert text in word balloons just like in the comics you see in the newspaper every day. Using this website, your group can create a comic, then save and upload it into the class wiki. For a quick tutorial, check out the You Tube video below. To see comics written by other students, check out Read Student Comics ! For instructions for how to upload your comic into the class wiki, check out Loading Your Comic into the Wiki.

As for all our projects, a rubric will be provided so that you can understand how your work will be assessed. There is a rubric for the text and a rubric for ComicLife. Each student will be assessed on - the quality of the story - the accuracy of the mathematics - contributions to the team

To see the rubric for text click this link => Wiki Rubric To see the rubric for ComicLife click this link => ComicLife Rubric

Printouts of each rubric will be handed out in class.

Practice digital citizenship

Draw conclusions

Contribute to your team Develop content

Use technology for your learning!

This is our last project which will bring a very great year to an end! You will have four weeks to work on this project. The due date is May 28, 2010.Please have fun while learning!

To view these slides and other class materials, please visit our wiki