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ERIC Number: EJ1190033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Gotta Walk Them All: Mathematical Modeling and Pokémon Go
Dibbs, Rebecca; Beach, Janessa; Rios, Daniel
Mathematics Teacher, v112 n1 p34-39 Sep 2018
Rich mathematical modeling activities are crucial to giving students agency and making mathematics meaningful. Proportional reasoning and transitional algebraic reasoning are the primary topics in the prealgebra curriculum, so a need exists for meaningful modeling activities using proportional reasoning in addition to geometric modeling. In particular, there is a need for informal algebra activities to help students see the uses of algebra in real-world contexts. This article describes a modeling activity based on the popular Pokémon Go game. First-year algebra students used their knowledge of mathematical modeling and rates to decide on the best possible buddy, discovering two models independently and a third, combined model in whole-class discussions. The article provides suggestions for how teachers can develop their own authentic modeling tasks that would be relevant for their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A