"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
Spark student learning by making an authentic connection between math and real-life experiences!
Students often fail to make the connection between "school math" 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 math investigations. Using a teacher-friendly format, she shows educators how to integrate into the math 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. Aligned to NCTM standards, 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 math investigations
- Assessment strategies
- Journal questions
- Reproducible worksheets
- Additional related readings and Internet Web sites
By increasing their awareness of meaningful everyday applications, students will learn to use math as an essential tool in their daily lives.