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This video series introduces key Common Core concepts in 5th grade and 8th grade mathematics, and middle school English Language Arts. 

Each Doc Squad video introduces a real-world mathematics problem and provides key information necessary for solving that problem. Student handouts accompanying each video include step-by-step instructions and space for solving each problem. Teacher handouts include detailed explanations of solved problems. 

Use these videos with your students to reinforce mathematics learning through problem solving surrounding the following topics: the formula for volume, dividing fractions by whole numbers, the Pythagorean Theorem, and functions and the distance formula.

Use the interview with comic book writer and artist Phil Jimenez to explore themes surrounding visual storytelling and the Common Core State Standards for Writing: Text Types and Purposes in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.

  • Doc Squad | Meet the Doc Squad

    In this introduction to the Doc Squad series, meet the Doc Squad – a documentary film crew with the power to transform into superheroes and a knack for getting into sticky situations that they need mathematics (and your help!) to solve. Each Doc Squad video introduces a real-world math problem and provides key information necessary for solving the problem, as well as student and teacher-focused handouts providing step-by-step instructions, and a detailed explanation of how to solve each problem.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Doc Squad | Volume Formula

    The crew needs help setting up a shoot at a noisy airport. Students learn and use the formula for volume as they help the crew figure out how much air the crew needs to pump into soundproof boxes in this episode of Doc Squad. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

    Grades: 5
  • Doc Squad | Pythagorean Theorem

    The crew travels to Japan to interview an old samurai in his tree-top house. Students use the Pythagorean Theorem to help the crew retrieve forgotten equipment in the van below. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

    Grades: 8
  • Doc Squad | Dividing Fractions by Whole Numbers

    The crew needs help as they attempt to capture the elusive “kaleidoscope monkeys” on film. Students practice dividing fractions by whole numbers as they help the Doc Squad out of a jam. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 5
  • Doc Squad | Functions and the Distance Formula

    In this episode, one of the crew falls out the window of a tall building. Students use a function and the distance formula as they determine whether another crew member can run fast enough to save her fellow documentarian. In doing so, they’ll understand the concept of a function, the formula for acceleration, and the importance of using the correct units. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

    Grades: 8
  • Meet Comic Book Artist Phil Jimenez

    Meet writer and comic book artist Phil Jimenez, who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics. Jimenez describes his early inspiration, gives tips for good storytelling, and discusses the unique way comics approach sequential narrative. Use the student assignment handout to review Jimenez's advice, and an assignment on making a visual story about an "everyday adventure" and the teacher handout for reflection prompts and discussion questions about visual storytelling that focus on Common Core State Standards for Writing: Text Types and Purposes, for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.

    Grades: 5-8,13+

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