I have found a math curriculum that both my students and I enjoy. Sounds miraculous doesn’t it. It’s not miraculous. It’s real. And it’s published by Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Let me tell you all about it.
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Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds
Project M3 is an investigative, discussion based approach to mathemtics. It comes in several units. The unit that I and my children tried was Unraveling the Mystery of the MoLi Stone. Each unit focuses on one big picture standard. For our unit, it was Number and Operations. The unit I chose was intended for students in grades 3-4. I used it with my 2nd and 4th grader who are both in 3rd grade math.
Each unit comes with a Student Mathematician’s Journal and a Teacher Guide. The very first section of the student journal describes the big problem my little mathematicians are going to solve:
You are a mathematician on an archaeological dig. Your team has discovered a lost artifact showing different number systems from two different cultures. Your job is to decipher the artifact.
Archaeological dig! My kids were hooked.
In all honesty, they were excited even before that, when they took the pretest. How could a pretest cause excitement? Well, it did. They had no idea how to solve many of the problems and couldn’t wait to learn how. I kid you not. One of the problems had them decoding alien numbers. After that, it was not uncommon to hear them ask, “When are we going to get to the aliens?”
The Teacher Guide is very, very thorough. Each unit is supposed to take a month and the Teacher Guide is 276 pages long! Most of that is discussing the different things students might bring up. I did not read all 276 pages 🙂
Benefits to Project M3
The activities are very engaging. My two students are very different in their interests and learning styles, yet they were both pulled in by the problems they were asked to solve.
The activities can be approached from many different places, which means a younger child can solve the problems right along side an older child which makes this curriculum perfect for family math!
Because we are a homeschool and not a classroom, I saved all of the discussions for dinner time when daddy was home. This made the conversations a bit more organic, daddy got to see what they learned that day, and everyone had a chance to participate.
This curriculum was designed for gifted students. I think they hit their target perfectly. But that doesn’t mean other students wouldn’t benefit and enjoy this curriculum. Be aware that if you decide to try it out, you might need to go down a grade.
I love that students were required to take a pretest. This got my students really excited about what they were going to learn, and they can see how much progress they made.
What Kind of Student Does Project M3 Benefit Most?
While I believe pretty much all students would benefit from Project M3, there are certain students who will fall head over heels in love and never want anything else.
Students who hate worksheets.
Students who don’t need repetition of any kind…ever.
Students who don’t like math.
Students who love solving problems.
Students who need to move, touch, feel, experience math.
It is my opinion that Project M3 works particularly well for students at either end of the spectrum. Either students who hate math and are struggling, or students who love it and excel.
Where Do I Find Kendall Hunt?
I would encourage you to look into Kendall Hunt and see all of the amazing things they have. I have been very impressed by the quality of their curriculum.