Making Math Connections: Using Real-World Applications With Middle School Students

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Corwin Press, Jul 27, 2006 - Education - 195 pages
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'Making Math Connections integrates mathematics into a variety of subject areas and real-life settings, providing motivation for students to want to learn the material being presented. The book also uses a variety of activities to promote learning for students with different interests and learning styles' - Steven P. Isaak, Mathematics Teacher, Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, NV

'I'm looking forward to finding ways of using these resources in my lessons and can only recommend you read it too' - Peter Hall, Imberhorne School, East Grinstead

Students often fail to make the connection between "school maths" and their everyday lives, becoming passive recipients of isolated, memorized rules and formulas. This remarkable new resource will help students become active problem-solvers who see mathematics as a meaningful tool that can be used outside the classroom.

Hope Martin applies more than 40 years of teaching experience to developing a myriad of high-interest, meaningful maths investigations. Using a teacher-friendly format, she shows educators how to integrate into the maths curriculum engaging, everyday topics, such as forensics, natural disasters, tessellations, the stock market, and literature.

This project-based resource encourages cooperative, interactive learning experiences that not only help students make connections between various math skills but also make important connections to the real world. These mathematical applications are broken down into complete units focusing on different topics. Each chapter includes:

* Background information on the topic

* Step-by-step procedures for maths investigations

* Assessment strategies

* Journal questions

* Photocopiable worksheets

* Additional related readings and Internet Web sites

By increasing their awareness of meaningful everyday applications, students will learn to use maths as an essential tool in their daily lives.

 

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Contents

Natural Disasters
3
Physics Formulas and Math
35
Our Body Systems Forensics and Math
57
Quilts Tessellations and ThreeDimensional Geometry
91
Introduction
121
First Week to Buy Stock
133
WeektoWeek Stock Market 137 Sell Week
139
Our Final Sell Week
145
Alternatives to Traditional Assessment
185
Bibliography
194
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About the author (2006)

Hope Martin is an innovative mathematics teacher with over 40 years of experience. Having worked with children in elementary, middle school, and high school, and with teachers in local universities, she is currently a private consultant facilitating workshops across the United States and Canada. Hope, who was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, began her teaching career in Skokie, Illinois and obtained her Masters Degree in Mathematics Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Hope’s personal experiences and knowledge of educational learning theories have convinced her that students learn mathematics more effectively when they are active participants and see its relevance to their own lives.

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