Real-Life Math Volumes 1 and 2

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5th - 8th
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The quickest way to get your students engaged in math in a deep and meaningful way is to use authentic instruction that relates math to the real world. Preferably the real world math should involve real world interests that students actually care about and that's what this volume of lessons does. These are 24 lessons that your students are sure to love and actually care about. Each lesson involves an activity that students will participate in. Each lesson has a lesson plan with extensions and student activity guide (or worksheet).

The lessons include:
-Fractions with LeBron (chart LeBron's shots for a game and analyze and report how well he did using fractions, decimals, and percents)
-Find the Better Buy (comparison shopping using ratios and rates)
-Cellular Algebra (using algebra concepts to analyze cell phone plans)
-Ratio of a Chorus (listen to music and find the importance of a chorus using ratios)
-Clothing Design and Pricing (design clothing and price it using an algebraic formula and substitution)
-Collecting and Analyzing Data (asking questions of peers and then analyzing the data with mean, median, mode and outliers)
-Cut-Agon & Polygons as Letters (examine the rules of polygons and use those rules to make a font of the letters of the alphabet)
-Geometry Everywhere (examine why certain shapes are used in certain situations and find geometric shapes in their world)
-Algebra in the NFL (pull data from ESPN and use the quarterback rating formula to determine mathematically if a quarterback is better than another)
-Percent of Change in Bubble Gum (students chew gum and blow bubbles to find out by what percent of increase one gum is at blowing bubbles than the other gum)
-Probability of Rock/Paper/Scissors (students play rock paper scissors and analyze the probability of winning)
-Graphing Running (students run and time each other then graph the results to discover linear vs. nonlinear relationships)
-Patterns Of Nature (students discover where patterns are in the world and create one themselves)
-Shuffling Probability in Music (students shuffle their music players and discover the probability of songs coming up after shuffling)
-Creating and Cracking A Code (students use algebra to encrypt secret messages and then decode a friend's)
-Winning A Game With Probability (Students play a game and break down the odds using probability to find the best strategy)
-How Tall Is That? (students use proportional reasoning to discover how tall something is that is too tall to measure)
-Discovering Pi (students will measure some personal circular objects and discover where pi comes from)
-Symmetrical Beauty (students will use line symmetry to discover how symmetrical the human face is)
-Shopping Stacked Discounts (Students will go fake shopping and apply discounts on top of other discounts to see how prices are effected)
-Life's Order of Operations (students will learn how everything in life has an order of operation)
-The moon is how far away? (students will use scientific notation and the metric system to see how many of a personal object it takes to get to the moon)
-The Danger of Credit Cards (students will use integers as the fake shop and rack up credit card debt and discover how credit card companies make lots of money)

Hundreds of copies have sold with very satisfied customers:
"The lessons were easy to follow and provided all necessary supplies and teacher's guides. The students loved working with them!"

"I was looking for more engaging and interactive ways to teach math to my students. I love your Real-Life Math Lessons!"

"Matt, I have been looking for lessons like yours for over a year now."

"My students were engaged extremely well with the activity and the concept really sunk in."

"The Fractions with LeBron lesson was great! My kids really got into it. We posted the work around the room. Thanks!"

Download, use the lessons with your students and see how engaged your students can actually be when they care about the lesson.
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