A new elementary school math discovery lab will show students the practical uses of the math lessons they learn in the classroom.
The plan of the staff at the A.P. Beutel Elementary School’s Math Discovery Lab is for students to learn to apply everyday basic math concepts in everyday life. This is done through design, curriculum, and lessons that include numbers, equations, and financial discussions.
All grade levels at Beutel will use the lab, which is set up like a grocery store. They will learn ideas such as calculating interest, setting a tax rate, and working with bank accounts.
The way the lesson will be presented to the students is through choosing priced items for purchase as well as learning to use cash registers. A small amount of fake money will be distributed by teachers for the purchases. After students learn money concepts, they will be allowed to have a debit card that can be scanned in the lab.
Rather than confining their learning to a classroom, they will be able to have the chance to experience hands on learning. “They go to the store with their parents or go to the bank with their parents, but they’re not connecting it to what they’re learning in school,” said Interventionist Stephanie Cressman. “So if they come in here and see this is what they’re in school to learn, then they can do it in here and make more connections to it. It should sink in a little bit better.”