"When am I ever going to use this?"
It is a question that has plagued math teachers for decades. Now you can answer the question.
The Make It Real Learning Activity Library, Volume I contains 110 engaging real-world math activities that demonstrate everyday applications of mathematics. From baking chocolate chip cookies to choosing a cell phone plan to designing a swimming pool, the activities provide learners with valuable life skills in addition to mathematical understanding. Rest assured that each activity integrates real world information not just "realistic" data.
There are 11 workbooks in Volume 1, each containing 10 real-world math activities and solutions. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the worked-out solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity.
- 110 engaging real-world math activity (two pages each activity)
- Worked-out solutions for each activity
- Activity Objectives based on NCTM standards
- Cover, copyright, and letter from the author
The activities range in grade level: 4-12
I worked with a Grade 7/8 class on some of the worksheets. The students really got engaged with the "Shopping the Sale" worksheet, partly because "Aeropostale" is really "in" right now (indeed, almost half of the girls in the class were WEARING something by Aeropostale on the day we did this!), and partly because the "on-line" prices quoted were quite a bargain compared to what students pay here! In addition to solving the questions on the worksheet, students wanted to extend the problems even further! (It's not often you get to hear, "Can we do more math?" from Gr. 7s and 8s!)"
Former Canadian Director of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
Member of Ontario Ministry of Education Math Team
Author of "Math Makes Sense" textbook series
The thing I loved about many of the scenarios is that, unlike a typical word problem, they really take the student into the scenario and let them experience the decision in a way few math books even approach.
Katherine Loop - ChristianPerspective.net
The problems have been well-constructed and include reasoning and justification, as well as procedural skills. I cannot wait to use these in my classes. Thank you so much for making them available.
Renee Floyd - Title I Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator / Mathematics Teacher
Hot Springs High School, Montana, USA
Wow. I am so excited about this series, and I absolutely will be getting more of these.
Debra at Footprints in the Butter blog.
I really appreciate the work you put into the Make It Real Learning materials. It has helped us a lot with making the math the kids have to learn 'relevant.' It has especially helped me, as a homeschooling mother, because I don't have to try to come up with a real-world example that covers all the elements that one of my children is learning in math at that point.