Too often, mathematics is taught in a vacuum and students fail to see relevance between math and everyday life. Through Operation RubyThroat, math can be integrated with science, reading, logic, and other basic skills in ways that will excite students on a daily basis. Those classes or students that are involved in observations of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) or that undertake a research project that deals with the species will collect data that can be manipulated, graphed, and interpreted; these are all skills that need to be mastered so students can forward in math comprehension. There's much to be learned about hummingbirds, and mathematical analysis often helps us understand what we have seen in the hummingbird garden or at the feeder.

We hope you'll want to share your original hummingbird math work through publication on Operation RubyThroat. If so, contact PROJECTS.

In the meantime, here are some ideas for teachers, students, and other individuals to try.

Teachers and their student groups, individual students, and others who are registered participants with Operation RubyThroat get priority attention to all requests for information and assistance. To register, see How to Participate.

MATH ACTIVITY #1: Hummingbirds by the Numbers

Look at the section of Operation RubyThroat that lists amazing Hummingbird Facts. From it you and your students can develop some interesting word problems that polish their math skills while helping them learn about the science of hummingbirds. In addition, as they search the page for the information they need to formulate the problems, they also improve their reading, their logic, and their ability to use the Internet. Here is an example:

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES: Math (including measurement), geography, human anatomy& physiology--plus hummingbird science.

MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES: Logical-Mathematical, Linguistic

NOTE: Please send descriptions and results from your successful math-related cross-disciplinary activities to Operation RubyThroat via the PROJECTS.

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