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Math Stories for Problem Solving Success: Ready-to-Use Activities for Grades 7-12

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Here are 51 interesting, true-to-life situations to motivate teenagers to apply math skills for solving everyday problems. For example, in the story "The Challenge" students use decimals and averages as they compare rival football teams' statistics. In "An Interesting Loan", they get practical experience working with money as they help Mike figure out how to pay for a new dirt bike. Each reproducible story is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problems that focus on the same math topic, making it...
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Overview


Here are 51 interesting, true-to-life situations to motivate teenagers to apply math skills for solving everyday problems. For example, in the story "The Challenge" students use decimals and averages as they compare rival football teams' statistics. In "An Interesting Loan", they get practical experience working with money as they help Mike figure out how to pay for a new dirt bike. Each reproducible story is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problems that focus on the same math topic, making it easy for students of all ability levels to develop the math skills being stressed in the lesson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787966256
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Resource v
Teaching Problem Solving Strategies xi
A Problem Solving Strategy and Example xii
Notes for the Teacher xiii
Time to Go 1
Which Way for Jake? 3
The Caper 8
A Sigh of Relief 12
Future Forecast 16
Harper's Surprise 20
Our Daily Bread 24
Sweet Spending 29
The County Fair 33
Square Cents 38
Halloween 40
Amazing Measurements 44
Metric Airplane Contest 49
Take Me to Your Liter 53
Give a Gram 58
Measurement Madness 60
The Invitation 63
On to D.C. 67
The Job Crisis 71
Tickets 75
Jake Turns the Corner 79
It's Simply Interest 82
An Interesting Loan 86
Homecoming 90
Pendulum Project 94
Take a Chance 98
831 Monroe Street 102
The Pattern Game 106
Unlucky Friday 110
Lucky Seven 114
Busing for Bucks 118
Far Out Funds 122
Maggie's Secret 126
The Frantic Drive 131
Tessa's Grounding 136
Geometry in the Park 140
String Triangles 145
Geometry Project 149
What's the Score? 153
What is the Average? 157
The Challenge 161
To the Coach 165
The Pro Game 169
Table for Eight? 173
Jake's Surprise 176
Sale by Mail 181
A Day at Clear Lake 184
Survey 188
Summer Plans 192
The Dinosaurs Rock 196
Cassette by Credit 201
Oregon or Bust 205
Answer Key (with Explanations) 209
Selected References 237
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