Making Math Connections: Using Real-World Applications With Middle School Students / Edition 2

Making Math Connections: Using Real-World Applications With Middle School Students / Edition 2

by Hope Martin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412937663

ISBN-13: 9781412937665

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412937665
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,185,128
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Alignment With NCTM Standards
1. Our Earth: Natural Disasters
Introduction
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Additional Reading
Internet Web Sites
2. Physics, Formulas, and Math
Introduction
Sports Balls and Density
Swings of the Pendulum
Roller Coasters: How Fast Are We Falling?
Additional Reading
Internet Web Sites
3. Our Body Systems, Forensics, and Math
Introduction
Our Remarkable Heart
The Sum of the Parts: How Long Is Your Digestive System?
Find Your Body's Ratios
Forensics and the Human Skeleton
Fingerprints: A Unique Classification
Additional Reading
4. Quilts, Tessellations, and Three-Dimensional Geometry
Introduction
The Geometry of Quilts
The Hawaiian Quilt Square
Semi-Regular Tessellations: Designs and Angles
Platonic Solids: Designs in Three Dimensions
Additional Reading
Internet Web Sites
5. The Stock Market Project
Introduction
How to Read a Stock Listing and Deciding on a Stock
First Week to Buy Stock
Week-to-Week Stock Market
Sell Week
Buying More Stock
Our Final Sell Week
Additional Reading
Internet Web Sites
6. Math and Literature
Introduction
Looking for Math in Poetry: Capture-Recapture: How Many Beans?
Looking for Math in Poetry: Flavors of Ice Cream
Looking for Math in Poetry: Overdue Book Fines
Traveling to Lilliput: How Little Were the Lilliputians?
A Million Is a Very Big Number: Spending $1,000,000
A Million Is a Very Big Number: How Big a Box Do We Need for 1,000,000 Pennies?
A Million Is a Very Big Number: A Million Stars
Additional Reading
Internet Web Sites
Resource A: Alternatives to Traditional Assessment
Resource B: Design Your Own Lessons
Bibliography

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