Title: Mathematicians Are People, Too!
Grade Level: 5 8
Content Area: Mathematics/ Language Arts
Students will access the Internet to locate data regarding their assigned mathematician. They will organize their notes onto a data form, then enter it into a database, and sort the database according to given criteria.
To learn about the life and contributions of a famous mathematician.
To compare and contrast famous mathematicians, using database software to
search and sort given criteria.
C/T 5.4 To create simple databases to manage information and create reports.
Standard 4 Mathematical Connections to value the role of mathematics in our culture and society.
Students should have completed the Telecommunications Lesson on
Mathematicians Are People, Too! If this lesson has not been taught, they will at least have to have the Mathematician Data Form completed the Telecommunications Lesson makes filling out the data form easier!
File, Record, and Field.
For todays lesson, we will be:
3. Looking at their Mathematician Data Form, have students
and discuss which fields they should use for their database.
The following is a list of what they might come up with:
Date/Year of Birth
Country of Birth
Date/Year of Death
Year of Contribution/Discovery
Interesting Fact 1
Interesting Fact 2
Interesting Fact 3
4. Using the LCD panel or the television with computer hook-up:
5. Have students enter their data into the database.
(Make sure their data form is checked for
correct format and spelling before they enter their data.) They may choose to work with a
partner to help each other if they'd like.
6. Once all data is entered, discuss ways they
could use the database. In other words, what
information can they find using their database? For example,
What part of the world did most of the mathematicians come from?
What field of mathematics was most popular?
When were most of the mathematicians born?List the questions on the board.
7. Using the LCD panel or television with computer
hook-up, demonstrate how
you can sort information in the database to find the answers to their questions.
8. Have students sort their database to find the answers.
9. Students share their answers with the class when they are done.
Students will be evaluated on the following:
Entering their data correctly into the database
Working cooperatively with their partner (if applicable)
Sorting their database to find answers to their questions
Example: "A" & "B" were born in the same year
"B" & "C" were born in the same country
"C" & "D" were in the same math field
and so on
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