All Work and No Play

Grade: 4th grade math unit
Topics: time, local action, math
Social Justice Skills: Critical thinking, advocacy, self-determination, fairness
Created by Lin Hong

Students were not given enough time for lunch and recess at their school.  During the lunch periods, each class follows a 16 minute rotation for advisory (time with the teacher), lunch (occurring in the cafeteria) and recess (outdoors or in the auditorium).  They did not have enough time to eat and they tried to grab a few last bites before the teachers would come to pick them up for advisory. This unit supported students to investigate this challenge, apply mathematical strategies such as data collection and analysis, and to advocate for change.

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