Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's a Post That Goes Ding! How on Earth (or Gallifrey) does Doctor Who have to do with math or science?

So I was pondering this morning, which is Thanksgiving, about Doctor Who and how I can incorporate it in my math and science classroom. My fifth grade populace is inundated with some intensely dedicated Whovians. I then began searching how individuals on the Internet, whether classroom teachers, homeschooling parents, or just parents in their spare time, have incorporated concepts of the show in lessons and hands-on activities.

Stop 1: A homeschooling mom and her daughter constructed an amazing cardboard replica TARDIS at home. 
Explanation: This individual, Gwyn, completed a world-class project with her daughter! She pointed out they learned about problem-solving, electronic circuit building, the Pythagorean theorem, fine motor skills, engineering, assessing the qualities of various materials, construction design, patience and commitment, and consumer ethics while constructing a TARDIS. She covered a grand plethora of math and science standards with her child and taught her skills she needed for life as well.
P.S. Here is Gwyn's other weblog. 

Stop 2: A girl made a fez for her Halloween costume because she could not find it in stores. 
Explanation: A girl made an amazing fez the evening before Halloween! There are tons of fez patterns on the Internet, and specifically, she used this one. By looking at the illustrations, imagine all the math standards you could cover by making a fez. You may notice it covers quite a few geometry and fraction concepts.
Vocabulary: perpendicular, angle measurement, acute, vertical, internal diameter, arc (of a circle)

Stop 3: Someone constructed a TARDIS to scale. 
Explanation: This is something neat to read. Perhaps you can connect this blog post to a lesson about surface area and volume.

Stop 4: Making your own sonic screwdriver teaches you quite a bit about circuitry. 
Explanation: If you choose to construct this, you may have to modify a bit, but it's a neat concept. It doesn't seem that difficult to complete, either.

Note: If you are skilled with Arduino, then this from Instructables is valuable! 
Note: If you want something that is already premade, you can purchase this customizable set from 

Stop 5: 3-D print and light up your own TARDIS. 

Other ideas-- When teaching about the kinds of energy, have your Whovians come up with how the different kinds of energy are represented in the show. Also, have them come up with math questions for a game-- I have had a few theme questions after Doctor Who in the past two classes.

Hope you enjoyed this eccentric and fun post! There are tons of neat ideas out there!

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