Each and every student either wishes they had their own room or that it was decorated in a way that fit their personality. Give your students a chance to renovate their room. Bring in sales flyers from the Sunday paper that have home hardware or home décor in their ad. You could also allow the students to use the internet to find images and prices of materials. Give the students graph paper to construct a layout of their room. This will be a great exercise in scale math. Tell the students that they can change their room to match their personality. They can not change the dimensions of the room, though. If they want to paint the walls they will need to figure out how much paint they will need. If they want to put a crazy rug in their room, they need to know the dimensions of the rug to ensure that it will fit. Students can add accessories (lamps, tables, lights, ceiling fans, decals, etc.) tot heir rooms, but they must keep track of all of the costs. This will help them with multiplication, addition, subtraction, and even division. The students can practice finding area and perimeter. This should be a fun and engaging lesson for your students. This is a project that they will want to do. You will not have any trouble getting students to research cost or analyzing the data. Good luck, and have fun!
Funbrain.com is a great site that is full of enrichment activities. The students can participate in games that are gender specific and grade level relevant. From the homepage, the students can click on Math Arcade to play a lot of really neat math games. Computer gaming is part of the students' world. Allowing them to play these types of games will allow them to reinforce the concepts that you have already taught them, but in a manner that is comfortable for them. Suduko is another great activity that is accessible from the home page. It is a great game that keeps kids thinking. This numbers game is great for when a student finishes early. It can also be used as an extra credit problem at the end of a math test. I found a great on-line version of the game that is typically not filtered at school: http://www.funbrain.com/sudoku/Sudoku.html. Many students will find this to be a fun and addictive challenge.
Every student enjoys a snack. Whenever food is introduced to a lesson, all of a sudden things get interesting. One of the easiest math lessons to introduce food into is fractions. When dealing with food, you must be aware of the many food allergies that your students may have. Begin your math lesson by having a pizza party. This can be done with muffins that are turned into pizzas all the way up to ordering in from your local pizza shop. Pizza is a great way to introduce students to percentages and fractions. Cookies also work really well for this type of lesson.
One of the great things about baking is the recipe. A recipe is full of fractions and measurements. It is always interesting to see what happens when something is left out of the equation or a fraction gets flipped. It gives a great visual to the importance of steps and understanding "why we need to know this stuff"