A Peabody Award-winning classroom series that covers topics from the elementary mathematics curriculum. Through the eyes of “Eddie,” a 5th grade student in the mathematics classroom of renowned teacher Kay Toliver, viewers find out just how people use key math concepts and skills in life and in exciting jobs. The Eddie Files combines inspiring lessons, humor, storytelling and on-site interviews with professionals.
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The Eddie Files File Box 2 Episodes:
Distance, Time and Speed: “Hot Dog Heaven” - Class starts with a discussion of the meaning of speed and the way that the speed of an object is determined. Then comes the main event: the “Tinkertoy Derby”, wherein teams of students construct and race their own vehicles, and then use the formula for speed to determine the winner.
Decimals: “The Lucky Batting Glove” - After warming up her students with a discussion of the characteristics of the currencies of other countries, Ms. Toliver reviews the basics of the decimal place value system. The class then gets a challenging decimals workout as they convert foreign money to U.S. currency values, in order to go “shopping”.
Circles: “The Vegie Stash-O-Matic” – How many of Kay Toliver’s students does it take to lift 75 pounds? The answer surprises just about everyone when Ms. Toliver presents a fascinating lesson on circles and simple machines. Students experiment to find the best type of circle to use in their own “antigravity” machines.
Statistics: “The Fake Money Caper” - “Statistics” means more than a collection of numbers. It also includes interpretation and evaluation of information, as students learn when they have to decide how to determine the winner of the popcorn game that Ms. Toliver has invented.
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