Math Alive Challenge

Bringing Math to Life

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The Project


  • Create a video to teach a math concept you and your team struggled with this year.


  • To create an engaging, easy to understand video covering an approved topic.
  • To create a repository of helpful content for incoming 8th graders.

This video can be a straightforward tutorial, acted out as a word problem, or portrayed as a rap or catchy music video...the choice is yours! But remember, take the challenge-select something from the approved list below that you and your group struggled with this year. This is your opportunity to make a difference for those coming behind you!

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List of Potential Topics

Select from this list of potential topics:

  • Ordering Numbers
  • Classifying Numbers
  • Slope-Table
  • Slope-Graph
  • Slope-Equation
  • Proportional-Table
  • Proportional- Graph
  • Proportional-Equation
  • Y-intercept
  • Functions
  • Writing Equations
  • Solving Equations
  • Modeling Equations
  • Dilations
  • Translations
  • Rotations
  • Reflections
  • Pythagorean Theorem- model
  • Pythagorean Theorem- finding legs
  • Pythagorean Theorem- finding hypotenuse
  • Pythagorean Theorem- distance on a coordinate plane
  • Surface Area
  • Volume
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Scientific Notation
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Step 1: Project Planning...Select Topic, Brainstorm Ideas, Write Script & Storyboard

  • View the list potential topics and select the topic you would like to bring to life.
  • Then, using this template, make a copy.
  • Next, open in the Google Docs App: only 1 team member needs to make a copy
  • Share the doc with your group members and turn on the Shareable Link by clicking the 3 dots associated with that document. Go to SHARE & EXPORT>SHARE to add your team members to the doc.
  • Then, below the Share Window, turn LINK SHARING ON.
  • Now, brainstorm and plan with your team by completing ALL 3 PARTS of this document. FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS, WATCH THIS VIDEO. (The direct YouTube version is posted below.)
  • Submit your project proposal by clicking here.

Get To Creating!

Prior to this step, one team member needs to create a project file folder with the following settings:

  • Directly share with your team members and give editing rights.
  • Set Share setting to ANYONE WITH A LINK CAN VIEW.

Ok, get's time to video, grab your music, record your voiceover...whatever you need to do to create all of the assets for your final product. When you take video or pictures, do so directly inside the folder. This will keep all of your content together.

Check out the various resources posted at the bottom of the project page.

Step 3: Putting It All Together

Now it's time to create your final product. Use iMovie, WeVideo, or the YouTube Video Editor to assemble your final product.

Need help? Click on the links below:



YouTube Video Editor

Video Creation Tips & Tricks Tutorials (This playlist has YouTube Editor videos as well as a variety of video tips & tricks...check out the entire list!)

Step 4: Share Your Final Product!

Once you are done, paste the link to your class Padlet by clicking on your Teacher's name/class period below:


3rd Period

5th Period


1st Period

2nd Period

3rd Period


1st Period

2nd Period

3rd Period

5th Period

6th Period

Step 5: Reflection

Complete the Google Form by clicking here to reflect on this project and provide feedback to make this project better.

Project Rubric

As you view all of the videos, please provide teams with feedback by clicking here.
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Some Examples to Examine...Ideas Are Everywhere:

Rome And Juliet Trigonometry Word Problem
(PEMDAS) Order of Operations-Buford Middle School
Math Mistakes in Movies and TV
The Best Pythagorean Theorem Rap Ever
Solving Linear Inequalities Made Easy
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Make Your Own Tutorial Videos

You can also make your own tutorial videos using the Quicktime Screencasting tool, or you can use the Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app for the iPad. It's very easy to use and it's free!

Click here for a sample video made with Educreations. Here you can see, this teacher actually recorded this during class.

Act Out Real Life Math Problems

If you need to create a video you are acting out, follow these steps:

  1. Go into Google Drive.
  2. Create a folder for your video clips.
  3. Share this folder with your team members.

Every time you video anything follow these instructions:

  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. Open your video clip folder.
  3. Click the '+' in the upper right corner.
  4. Click Use Camera.
This will load all of your clips into your Google Drive for all members to have access.

How To Edit Videos Using The YouTube Video Editor - FULL TUTORIAL

WeVideo Online Video Editor For Schools!

Check out WeVideo for an online video editor that doesn't tie your video down to one iPad...This is the school version.

  • just log in with our school Google account and connect. (See your teacher for login details.)
  • you can access this from home
  • you can pull clips directly from your Google Drive

Click here for WeVideo Academy.

Putting Your Video Together

Use iMovie to assemble your video! Follow these steps to save your video.

Save video to the camera roll

Log into your Google Drive

Open your Video Clips project file.

Click the '+' sign in the upper right corner and upload your video from the camera roll into your folder.

Need some iMovie help? Click here* for a tutorial. *Watching this at home? Click here.

After you have finished your iMovie project, click here* to find out how you can get a shareable link to submit your project in the section below. *Watching this from home? Click here.