Real World Math at MES

posted Apr 26, 2021, 4:53 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 26, 2021, 4:54 AM ]
Real World Math at MES
The lack of storage space has always been an issue at Madawaska Elementary School, but when the pandemic struck and students had to be spaced further apart in the classrooms, necessitating the removal of student desks/chairs and other furniture, the storage problem became critical. In addition, all the extra supplies purchased to keep students safe, PPE--personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies, and other stored equipment exacerbated the situation.

The Madawaska School Department applied for a grant to help fund storage sheds and the application was approved last fall, just before the snow began to fly. Two large sheds were ordered and recently built by J&J Mini Barns in Easton, and are due to be delivered to the elementary school in the next several days.

For this real-life project, 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Bonny Tingley, and bus driver/custodian, Mr. Roger Lagasse, discussed how to involve students in helping select the direction to place the sheds in a corner of the school’s parking lot, either in an east-west direction or in a north-south direction. Mr. Lagasse described what to consider and what was needed in the placement design, and Mrs. Tingley’s students got to work immediately. Students used their problem-solving skills and advised that the sheds should be placed in a north-south direction. In addition, their math skills helped them design a blueprint using the size of each shed, the need to leave space for snow removal between and around the buildings, and included a plan that is mindful of the current flow of traffic in the parking area.

Principal Lise Pelletier stated, “Today’s activity was a great way for our students to witness that we all work together--teachers, students, support staff--to find answers to questions, and solving real-world math problems using skills learned in class can be fun.”

Photos show students calculating dimensions and creating a blueprint for the sheds, then measuring the location and marking off the parking lot in preparation for delivery of the two sheds at Madawaska Elementary School.

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