ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As eighth-graders in Megan LeBleu’s math class at Ernie Pyle Middle School prepared to climb Mount Everest on Wednesday, LeBleu faced a similarly daunting task – keeping middle school students interested in math.
The students won’t actually climb the world’s tallest mountain, but they prepared as though they would. They calculated how much food to bring and how many yaks they would need to carry their gear.
The idea behind the lesson, which will span several weeks, is to wrap math concepts into an adventure story so students don’t become bored with math, LeBleu said. She added that using real-world examples helps make math less abstract and more exciting for students.