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Real Life Math

I have a math activity that I just started and it's been very successful so far. I recently had to purchase a major appliance, so I did some comparison-shopping. I talked to my class about this, and when I finally did make the purchase, I told them what I saved. I started thinking about all the real life examples of how we use math every day, so we've started a regular part of our math lesson called 'Real Life Math'. I tell my children how I used math during the previous 24 hours, and they volunteer ways they've used math too. We chart the results and we've gone through 2 pages of chart paper already! They actually remind me to ask them when I forget. One day they helped me figure out what I saved by catching a mistake on my shopping receipt. I feel it's very important for children to see a practical application of what they learn in school, and this activity has been a winner!


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