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## Base Systems

Active Learning | Transformation Level

Subject: Math

##### Video Transcription

[Teacher voiceover]

I teach fifth grade. It’s a mosaic class, which is a little different from the regular math class. It’s more of higher-level thinking. We get to do projects in here, so it gives us different variations from the regular math class.

This whole week we’ve exposed them to what the base-10 system that we do when we count normally is, but we’re trying to challenge them. We said “Okay, let’s think of a different system, something that you can make up.

So we came up with a scenario that I was Queen Dodge from another planet, and I had these aliens and we needed a number system. So they were to come up with the number system.

[Student 1 speaking]

Well, we’re making up different base systems. We use base 10 where we live and some other places use base 5, and so we’re going to make up base for the aliens. Our group made up base 8 because they have four antennas and two fingers on each hand. Some other groups are doing like base six and base 4.

[Teacher voiceover]

They had a variation of technology to use. Some chose smart boards, we had document cameras available, a webcam, we had a camera on a tripod, ipads, iphones… we had the whole gamut and they even had some websites that they could go on and make a movie with.

[Student 1 speaking]

It’s more fun than doing book work. It’s more fun than just sitting in a classroom and learning. It’s because you’re actually getting to like learning on your own.

##### Video Transcription
[Teacher voiceover]

I teach fifth grade. It’s a mosaic class, which is a little different from the regular math class. It’s more of higher-level thinking. We get to do projects in here, so it gives us different variations from the regular math class.

This whole week we’ve exposed them to what the base-10 system that we do when we count normally is, but we’re trying to challenge them. We said “Okay, let’s think of a different system, something that you can make up.

So we came up with a scenario that I was Queen Dodge from another planet, and I had these aliens and we needed a number system. So they were to come up with the number system.

[Student 1 speaking]

Well, we’re making up different base systems. We use base 10 where we live and some other places use base 5, and so we’re going to make up base for the aliens. Our group made up base 8 because they have four antennas and two fingers on each hand. Some other groups are doing like base six and base 4.

[Teacher voiceover]

They had a variation of technology to use. Some chose smart boards, we had document cameras available, a webcam, we had a camera on a tripod, ipads, iphones… we had the whole gamut and they even had some websites that they could go on and make a movie with.

[Student 1 speaking]

It’s more fun than doing book work. It’s more fun than just sitting in a classroom and learning. It’s because you’re actually getting to like learning on your own.

Objectives

• Students will create a base system that is used by aliens.
• They will choose different forms of technology to present their base system.

Procedure

• Students will create a base system that will be used by their aliens.
• Students will have access to the Smartboard, document cameras, webcams, a camera on a tripod, iPads, iPhones, and websites.
• Students will present their base system to their class.

Technology Present

• Smartboard (interactive whiteboard)
• Document camera
• Webcam
• Video camera on a tripod
• iPhone (smartphone, handheld)
• Websites

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Video Reference Number: 1058

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