Carter G. Woodson Elementary, fifth-grade teacher Ms. Darlynthia Smith uses research projects to integrate medical arts into the math curriculum for the annual Math Is Everywhere project. Ms. Smith, like the other fourth- and fifth-grade teachers, shows her students how math is used in the real world.
The Math Is Everywhere project consists of a written report, poster board and an oral presentation on a medical profession of the students' choice. A wide variety of professions were highlighted through this project including neurologists, anesthesiologists and orthodontists. Through this project, students shared the job description, interesting facts and a detailed explanation of how math is used in the professions. Many students visited local clinics and hospitals to gather information and interview medical professionals.
The fifth-grade teachers also arranged to have a pharmacist and athletic trainer visit the school to speak with the fifth-graders about their profession and how they use math on a daily basis. During the presentations, the classrooms were filled with overwhelming excitement. Students were proud to present their medical math projects.
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