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Math Comes Alive When Applying Understanding to the Real World

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Homework worksheets are an effective way for students to practice what they have just learned, but they don’t encourage deeper understanding or help to make connections. More complex activities that encourage students to seek answers to authentic problems with relatable contexts can jumpstart engagement and enable them to see broader applications to math concepts. Solving problems that are derived from the world around us and combine different disciplines makes math more relevant to students’ lives and therefore worth focusing on. It enables them to see math through another lens— as a useful, practical tool for creativity.

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A tessellation is an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together in a pattern with no gaps or overlapping. In this project, your child can explore different shapes and combinations of shapes to determine which ones tessellate. The possibilities are endless here for creating tessellating designs!

Use weather data to track the temperature over the course of a week or month. This is excellent practice for using a data chart, finding data landmarks, and creating a line graph.

Use the weekly advertising circulars you get in the mail to help your child practice using decimals in arithmetic. Let them choose their favorite products and identify their prices then challenge them with different tasks using each of the operations.

In this activity, your child gets a chance to play architect, creating blueprints of your own house or apartment. Doing so, they can practice measurement as well as ratios and scale.

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