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Real Life Math

Found in: math; motivating students

Before I purchased a major appliance, I did some comparison-shopping. I talked to my class about this, and when I finally made the purchase, I told them what I saved. I thought of all the times we use math every day and started 'Real Life Math' as a regular part of our math lesson.

I tell my students how I used math during the previous 24 hours, and they volunteer how they used math. We chart the results. They remind me to ask them when I forget. One day, they helped me figure what I saved when I caught a mistake on my shopping receipt.

I believe it's 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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