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#### PASS Afterschool ProgramLake View, South carolina

Like many afterschool programs, the PASS afterschool program at Lake View Middle School aligns math activities with regular school-day instruction and the corresponding standards. In the afterschool setting, however, math enrichment comes in the form of an art project or another activity where students can create something. Carol Rogers, the Lake View afterschool program coordinator, cites an activity on scale and proportion as an example. Students and their parents made a scale drawing of the school’s mascot, a gator, and a mural for the school’s hallway. “This project included transference of the scale to a larger picture,” explains Rogers. “Students and parents worked from a 1-inch scale and transferred this to a 6-inch block. Parents and their children were responsible for completing a square and combining it with the other blocks to create a beautiful mural.”

The project can be considered a success in several ways. “I have had students tell me that they didn’t know doing scale drawings and interpreting data could be fun,” says Rogers. The activity also allowed students to contribute to their school. “It is vitally important that we help students with their schoolwork, but we must develop within students a pride in themselves and the work they do. When we accomplish this task, we can truly consider our program a great success,” Roger says.

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 Making Math Relevant Math means more to students if they can study something that interests them. People don’t often think of math as a subject where you can study what interests you the way you can choose a book for language class or a report topic for social studies, but you can. If a student is interested in baseball, help him or her track a favorite player’s statistics. Students who profess a love of clothing can learn to find bargains by working with percentages. Talking to a day-school teacher can give you additional ideas for aligning these activities with curriculum. Do you have a training tip you would like to share? E-mail us at afterwords@sedl.org with “training tip” in the subject line.