**Learning Fair: Math in Our world**

The eighth grade Learning Fair is a combined Language Arts and Math project focusing on how math is used in our everyday lives. The project will count as the third trimester exam grade in Language Arts and part of the exam grade in Math.

The Learning Fair will focus on the type of math that is used in your topic. The project will be separated into 3 parts including:

- the history or background
- the type of math used within the topic
- how this type of math is used

The second section will include all the types of math that are used within your topic. Examples may include percentages, distance, speed, velocity, angles, shapes, ratios, etc. For example, you might define what a percent is or explain the distance formula. You would also include who discovered percentages or the distance formula. This section should be strictly on exploring these different Math calculations.

The last section is the connection between the kinds of math explained in section two and your topic. You will need to relate how the math components that you explored in the second section apply to your topic. For example, if your topic is on baseball and you spoke about angles you would connect that you would need to know what angle to throw the ball in order for the hitter to miss the ball. All of the items mentioned in the second section should have a connection in this section.

**Sources**

A minimum of eight (8) sources is required. This can include electronic, printed (book, magazine, and/or newspaper, and/or television media.

**The Research Paper**

The research paper will be divided into the sections discussed above. The paper must be 3-4 pages. Research will be done in school and independently. A good research paper will thoroughly and accurately convey facts with ample supporting detail. Complete papers will follow the MLA format and include:

- a 1 page outline
- an introduction
- a thesis statement
- body paragraphs with in text citations
- a summary/conclusion
- a properly formatted bibliography page

** An electronic copy of the paper is required. All research papers will be scanned for academic integrity. Plagiarism (academic integrity) will result in an after school detention as well as the immediate failure of the research paper portion of the Learning Fair.*

**Due Dates**

Due dates will be posted on Mrs. Piedmonte’s and Mrs. Chudy’s websites as well as written in the student’s agenda.

Before you get started you will need to prove to Mrs. Piedmonte and Mrs. Chudy that you have adequate supporting information for your paper. Time in the computer room will be allocated for this research. Attached is a form you must fill out in order to prove that you have sufficient information to begin your research paper.

__NO__duplicate topics will be allowed. The first person to hand in their information will get that topic. Good luck with the project and don’t forget to enjoy it.