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Math Comes Alive When Applying Understanding to the Real World

Bring Problems Off the Page

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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Make candy mathematical! Mix melted candy of different colors to help your child understand ratios.

Send your child on the hunt for specific shapes and angles, whether around the house, in the yard, at the park, or even while out running errands.

Explore the physics of flight and design aesthetics, as well as practice measuring distance, as you and your child play with paper planes.

This is a great activity to get your child thinking about weight and balance, since the mobile won’t work very well without balancing out the weight.

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