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Friday, March 1 • 9:40am - 10:25am
Giving Light to Others: Lantern Project

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Lantern Projects was adopted from High Tech High in San Diego and is a wonderful low floor, high ceiling opportunity for Middle School students to connect Mathematics, Language and Literature, and Service Learning. This project applies to two of the Core Tenets of Pedagogy: Need to Know and Deeper Learning.

In this project, students learn about Geometry and Algebra by designing and creating their own lanterns. Each of the lanterns are constructed using wooden skewers and tissue paper or similar material. They also explore various cultures around the world through the lens of important global issues. Their final product is a polyhedron lantern that is part of a silent auction to raise awareness and funds for a community improvement project of their choice through the non-profit organization, Lantern Projects.

Students begin by completing Geometry packets which include a review of angles, area, surface area, and volume. These packets also guide with the planning and construction of the polyhedron lantern.

As an optional opportunity that brings in Language and Literature, students have the chance to meet with the Language and Literature (English) teacher to research countries around the world that depend on the Lantern Projects organization to help meet a range of needs. Students are welcome to group together to help the same cause, and, with the help of their English teacher, write an informative and persuasive writing piece that sheds light on the community in need and explains why others should purchase their lanterns in order to help.

Given an opportunity to present at the MidMathSchool Conference would allow me to inspire educators with this hands on, real life application math project that gives a student choice while deepening their empathy and broadening their minds to act more locally/globally. "

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Carrie Zulanas

Dean of Academics, St. Mary's School
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Nancy Qushair

Algebra 1A Teacher/Math Dept. Chair, St. Mary's School
Nancy Qushair is the Department Chair of Math and an Algebra 1A Teacher at St. Mary’s School in California. She also serves as the Director of Summer Academic Prep and has been the lead coach for the International Maths Quest Competition for the last 12 years. In 2017, the Society... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 9:40am - 10:25am
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES Essential Questions: What? How? What? Learning Goals: Reading, writing, solving and graphing equations; Surface area; Volume; Angles
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Each attendee will receive all the packets with an instruction guide to help students complete the project.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Participants will work through the design cycle and begin to construct their own lantern.
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