I will begin with very LONG time, no talk. I have a question for everyone, and I need your input, if possible. Next year's math standards in Florida are quite simplified. We are spending quite some time on multiplication recall and even the most basic of multiplication, and in advanced fourth grade, that's not completely feasible. Of course they will learn what they have to, but probably most of the students are already beyond it. What are some hands-on math projects we can complete in class for a few days at a time? Here are some examples of those I already came up with, but I need more: Menus: Students will be working on another two-day lesson where they will develop a menu for a restaurant they are opening. They will look at menus from various restaurants to guide them in the right direction, and they will be coming up with illustrations as well as descriptions. They should develop at least fifteen entrees, five appetizers, and five desserts. They will then come up with ten imaginary “families” who visit their restaurant and order off their menu, and they will show what each family spends. Camp Math: Students will "order" items for a camping trip, make a schedule for camp, complete money questions about eating in a dining hall at camp, and more. Oh, they will also make trail mix using fractions and measurement. They will also compare their "wingspans", heights, etc. to animals as well as complete a lot of survey questions (a weekly "Daily Data" question that we still need to do, despite the fact it is not in these simplified standards at all). Florida teachers likely understand. It is easier for the students, but it is more complicated, too, for the teacher. I need math projects that involve (not limited to, though): shopping, cooking, traveling, sports, environment, geology, space, human body, etc.