MISSION MONDAY: Zombies Take Over Library

MISSION MONDAY:  Zombies Take Over Library photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

With Halloween approaching, the middle/high school library has undergone a spooky makeover.

“For the past week or so, we in the library and Ellen Falk’s math classes have been collaborating to do a STEAM project,” said library media specialist Cynthia Sandler. “We wanted students around the school to explore the amazing power of exponential growth in a fun, visual way. “

Starting with just one zombie, students were challenged to determine how many days it would take for the entire school population to be turned into zombies. Falk’s students joined in on the spirit of the assignment by taking on roles as scientists and mathematicians in an explanatory video that is on display in the library.

“Students have been flooding into the library to count people and figure out how long until we experience total zombie apocalypse. They have been collaborating, communicating and have been using creative and critical thinking to come up with their answers,” said Sandler. “They submit their guesses in a box, and soon, we will award prizes to those who calculated correctly. We will also analyze how students got their answers, right or wrong.”

This extension of math outside of the classroom has attracted students of all ages and abilities to participate and has been an overwhelming success.

“To hear students in grades six through 12 ‘talking math’ in the library is great,” said Sandler. “I look forward to more interdisciplinary collaborations.”