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Florida Math Day

 

Florida Math Day Announcement and Call for Lesson Proposals

Topic: Financial Literacy

The Office of Math and Science at the Florida Department of Education is introducing the first annual Florida Math Day on May 1, 2008.  On this day, every school in the state will be invited to teach a specific mathematics lesson.  There will be a lesson for high school, a lesson for middle school, a lesson for intermediate elementary school, and a lesson for primary school.

The newly adopted Sunshine State Standards for mathematics include a new body of knowledge for secondary mathematics: Financial Literacy.  The theme for all of the mathematics lessons on Math Day will be financial literacy.

New!  Please note:

The Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM) and Florida Association of Mathematics Supervisors (FAMS), in support of the initiative for Florida Math Day and inclusion of the financial literacy standards into core mathematics curriculum, are offering an award to the writers of each of the four selected lessons for implementation on the first annual Florida Math Day on May 1, 2008.  One award per lesson will be granted.  The award includes a one-year membership to FCTM, complimentary registration at the FCTM Annual Meeting on October, 16-18, 2008 in Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, $500 will be awarded by FCTM for support to attend the annual meeting and $250 will be awarded by FAMS.

The Office of Math and Science is inviting teachers and other interested mathematics educators to submit lesson plans to be considered for the State Math Day lessons. The respective lesson plans will focus upon the following benchmarks at the high school, 7th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd grade levels:

Benchmark Code

Benchmark

MA.2.G.5.3

Identify, combine, and compare values of money in cents up to $1 and in dollars up to $100, working with a single unit of currency.

MA.5.A.2.2

Add and subtract fractions and decimals fluently and verify the reasonableness of results, including in problem situations.

MA.7.A.1.2

Solve percent problems, including problems involving discounts, simple interest, taxes, tips and percents of increase or decrease.

   MA.912.F.3.4

Compare the advantages and disadvantages of deferred payments.
 

With all of the schools in Florida participating in this event, teachers can submit lesson plans that potentially involve every school in the state.  The lessons selected for implementation will be offered through the new Florida Standards Database.  The writers of these model lessons will be declared Florida Mathematics Educator of the Day on the first annual Florida Math Day and will be offered the opportunity to model the lesson in their classrooms.

Lesson plans will be due no later than February 15, 2008.  Committees of mathematics teachers and financial experts will review the proposed lessons and score them according to a rubric that was developed by the Office of Math and Science.  The highest scoring lesson plan for each benchmark will be developed and offered to Florida schools as the model lesson for Math Day. 

Lessons may be written and submitted by individuals or groups.  Lessons may be designed for implementation in a single day or over multiple days with a culminating lesson on May 1, 2008.

Click here to view the scoring rubric for proposed lesson plans: (PDF or MS Word)

Click here to view a suggested template for proposed lesson plans: (PDF or MS Word)

Model lesson writers will have access to resources from the Office of Math and Science, the Florida Knowledge Network, and the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) to assist with the implementation and dissemination of the lesson.  These resources may include website space, video capabilities, and more. 

Lessons may be submitted electronically to Rob Schoen at the Office of Math and Science (robert.schoen@fldoe.org). Supporting materials such as video of the lesson being implemented may be submitted in hardcopy to the Rob Schoen at the Office of Math and Science. Lessons may refer to a live, non-commercial website. 

Advertisement or inclusion of commercial products will disqualify lesson plans.  Lesson ideas may be borrowed from other sources, but failure to reference or cite non-original ideas will result in disqualification of lessons.  Collaboration on lesson plans is encouraged.

Please join us in making the first annual Florida Math Day a chance to teach mathematics in a rich and useful context and an opportunity for our mathematics classrooms to come together as a state. If you have a lesson plan or idea for a rich mathematics lesson with a financial literacy context, please consider sharing it with teachers across the state for Florida Math Day!