Networking in a Grocery Store is a field study to the local Kroger Grocery Store. The object of the study is to understand how networking is part of our everyday routine. This field study is designed as a conclusion to the second year integrated mathematics textbook. It looks heavily on using networking skills as part of the students’ everyday lives as well as providing a context for other key mathematical concepts. This unit of field study is specifically designed
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Field Trip Arrangements:Mr. Moon was able to set up a time for our class to meet at the Athens Kroger. We secured a copy of the layout (map) of the Kroger store and arranged to have the class use the conference room at Kroger. At the store we set up a VCR and TV and were asked to have groups of 3 or less students together when walking throughout the store. Once at Kroger, Mr. Moon shared with the class a brief new employee orientation routine. We watched videos that shared the history of Kroger as well as goals the store sets for the community. Mr. Moon then answered questions the class had about sales, costs, competition that Kroger experiences. After this introduction the class was split into groups, each with a shopping list and a map of the store. Their task was to find the items on the list and mark their location on the map. Mathematical Lessons:The primary vision of this unit of field study is further exploration of networking. Networking relates explicitly to the NCTM geometry standards. The students are able to "use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems" (p. 308). This unit can also be applied to areas beyond networking. If we add an element of deciding how much of each product the class will need to buy or consider the cost of different brands of items then we begin to exercise the students fluency in operations with real numbers, one of the NCTM number and operation standards. We can also explore the business aspect of Kroger and touch on the skills required by the Algebra standard of NCTM. We have decided to explore briefly these three specific lesson ideas that can be covered with this single unit of field study.
This is an extension to the networking activity. The layout is the same, but with a modification with the actually task and follow-up discussion.
The students will have an opportunity to examine specific numbers about the information they learned at Kroger. They will need to graphically analyze the data and find solutions to question concerning how Kroger could maximize profit/minimize loss. Assessment: The students will be assessed primarily on their participation in the activities that follow the field trip. They will be required to answer specific mathematical questions as mentioned in the lesson plans as well as respond in writing about how they were able to experience mathematics in context. Picnic Networking. Click for PDF file. |
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