Field Trip: Nothing fishy here. Cincinnati Country Day teaches summer school with aquatic algebra

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School may be out for summer, but students are still learning at Cincinnati Country Day. In one classroom, tutor and former Norwood High School teacher Sara Garrison spent a week helping students understand algebra by discussing fish populations.

“It definitely sparks an interest more for students who may not ordinarily know about math but may know about fishing,” Garrison said of her summer course, "Hooked on Algebraic Thinking."

Hook, line and sinker

A small pond near Cincinnati Country Day School offers a good starting point for the math problems discussed in the class. From the perspective of someone looking into the fish population, students consider how to accurately maintain and track the population for fishing.

Students explore the hypothetical problem of preserving the population by learning about how wildlife officers capture and tag fish to track them. To connect the problem to algebra, students turn to proportional reasoning, using Goldfish crackers in paper bags to represent the fish in the pond.

WCPO Insiders can learn more about the class and read what a student has to say about "Hooked on Algebraic Thinking."

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