[Surfnetkids] Real World Math

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Real World Math
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Real World Math Printable(** for Premium Members only)
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In honor of April’s status as Math Education Month, I’m starting off the month with a look at how math is used in our everyday lives. Like the little girl in Jon Scieszka’s Math Curse who wakes up to find everything in her world has turned into a math problem, once you go looking for it, you will find math everywhere.

Annenberg Learner: Math in Daily Life

“When you buy a car, follow a recipe, or decorate your home, you’re using math principles. People have been using these same principles for thousands of years, across countries and continents. Whether you’re sailing a boat off the coast of Japan or building a house in Peru, you’re using math to get things done.” This essay for teens and adults explores the ubiquity of math. Hidden within each section you’ll find interactive activities such as a worksheet to determine whether you should lease or buy a car, and a savings calculator that demonstrates the power of compound interest.

Figure This!

Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Figure This! helps families with middle-school students “enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.” The activities are organized by topic (such as Algebra, Geometry and Measurement) under the heading Math Index. To print the challenges, follow the Printing the Challenges link (from any of the challenges) for a list of PDF files in your choice of color or black and white.

Get the Math

Get the Math uses video and interactive activities “to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems.” Learn how professionals in music, fashion, basketball and special movie effects use math, and then try your hand at an interactive challenge related to that career. “Manny Dominguez and Luis Lopez of DobleFlo talk about how their duo got started, how they use math in producing hip-hop music, and set up a music-related algebra challenge.”

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Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Real World Math Printable
Real World Math Wikipedia Printable
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http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables-club.htm

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Quote of the Week

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” ~~ Galileo ~~ (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. Click the link for more Galileo quotes.

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