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Real-World Math: Activity Libraries Volumes I and II

"When am I ever going to use this?"

It is a question that has plagued math teachers for decades. Now you can answer the question.

The Make It Real Learning Activity Library, Volumes I and II, each contain 110 engaging real-world math activities that demonstrate everyday applications of mathematics. From baking chocolate chip cookies to choosing a cell phone plan to designing a swimming pool, the activities provide learners with valuable life skills in addition to mathematical understanding. Rest assured that each activity integrates real world information not just "realistic" data.

There are 11 workbooks in each of the Library volumes. Each workbook contains 10 real-world math activities and solutions. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the worked-out solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity.

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Reviewers have raved about the quality of the activities:




Make It Real Learning is the most exciting thing to happen to math since the abacus.

– Richele McFarlin - Families.com

Saves me sooo much time.

– MissMath13 - customer

Excellent! My 7th and 8th graders enjoyed this lesson very much.

– Mrseverlof - customer

Make it Real Learning is just what we have been looking for...

– freshstartacademyhomeschool.com

Great for home work or for small group work!

– acouto92 - customer

It makes such a difference when kids can see the practical application. Thanks!

– Zorattia - customer

Awesome resource!! My students loved it!

– Amy Ballou - customer

This is a great practical activity for students. I really like the interpretation question at the end where students had to realize that a function may only be an accurate model over a certain interval. It was great seeing the realization of that idea in their eyes.

– customer - lking30

Great resource for advanced math learners!

– customer - Teaching the Gifted

The thing I loved about many of the scenarios is that, unlike a typical word problem, they really take the student into the scenario and let them experience the decision in a way few math books even approach.

– Katherine Loop - ChristianPerspective.net

The problems have been well-constructed and include reasoning and justification, as well as procedural skills. I cannot wait to use these in my classes. Thank you so much for making them available.

– Renee Floyd - Title I Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator / Mathematics Teacher, Hot Springs High School, Montana, USA

The students really got engaged with the 'Shopping the Sale' worksheet... In addition to solving the questions on the worksheet, students wanted to extend the problems even further! (It's not often you get to hear, "Can we do more math?" from Gr. 7s and 8s!)"

– Ralph Connelly - Former Canadian Director, NCSM

I want my students to think that I am teaching math for a reason, and what better way than to show them how to use it in actual situations.

– Wendy Carpenter - Green County Schools, Tennessee, USA

Wow. I am so excited about this series, and I absolutely will be getting more of these.

– Debra - Footprints in the Butter

Students were completely engaged in working together in a group to complete the task. It connected to something that they knew about (buying jeans).

– Veronica Braun - East Carter High School, Kentucky, USA

The real life problems provide opportunities to have conversations about meaning that other "non contextual problems" would never allow. So far I love it! The only thing I've been doing in addition to what you guys already provide is expand and have EVEN more follow up questions to an activity. Adding on questions is the easy part once the rich context is provided though and that's what I love!

– Shannon Bishop - Mesquite High School, Arizona, USA

I really appreciate the work you put into the Make It Real Learning materials. It has helped us a lot with making the math the kids have to learn 'relevant.' It has especially helped me, as a homeschooling mother, because I don't have to try to come up with a real-world example that covers all the elements that one of my children is learning in math at that point.

– Karleen Mauldin - customer

My 6th grade daughter loved this! [Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II] She ASKED to do it [...] in the car! She doesn't hate math but has never ASKED to do it.

– Theresa Bailey - customer

Having heard the litany of complaints over math, having something that shows the kids real life examples of math is fantastic.

– Laura O Neill - customer

I really like that it uses every day dealings to not only teach math, but show how we use it every day in our lives. This is one that we will use again, and highly recommend to others.

– Michael Arrington - customer

I have used, or have, most of the Make It Real Learning series. This series has been absolutely fantastic for our home school. My daughter loves the fact that she's working with real world data.

– Patti Caro - Homeschooling Parent

I work with adults who either left school early for family reasons or have learning difficulties. They need real life maths. They don't have time to waste learning for the sake of learning. Your sheets give them something they can see an immediate use for that is not beyond their ability and importantly doesn't look like it was designed for children. They are a good way to apply the concepts they are learning.

– Sandra Richardson - TAFE Leeton, NSW, Australia

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Welcome to eXpLorations! (A super-sized real-world math activity.)


MIRL is helping students answer the "why" of mathematics through a collection of engaging real-world math activities that give you the tools to answer the question, "when am I ever going to use this?"


eXpLorations extend the standard MIRL two-page math activity into a much larger investigation of the mathematics of a real-world context. eXpLorations are ideally suited for group work, individual work, or even group competitions.


This activity includes a student version of the activity as well as a teacher edition, complete with worked-out solutions and Common Core Standards mapping.


eXpLorations are intended to enhance, support, and be used alongside existing curricula. eXpLorations reinforce mathematical concepts learned prior to completing the activity.



Petabyte eXpLoration

The Petabyte eXpLoration is focused on the following areas:


Included in the Petabyte eXpLoration: (Note: This is a zipped folder of three PDF files.)



Aligned to Common Core Standards and Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices.

Detailed Common Core Activity Objectives

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Grade Levels Targeted: 6, 7, 8

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Super Bowl eXpLoration

The Super Bowl 2013 eXpLoration is focused on the following areas:


Included in the Super Bowl eXpLoration: (Note: This is a zipped folder of three PDF files.)



Aligned to Common Core Standards and Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices.

Detailed Common Core Activity Objectives

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Grade Levels Targeted: 6, 7, 8

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MIRL Activity Library, Volume I

The included workbooks are:

  1. Arithmetic I
  2. Calculus I
  3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions I
  4. Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I
  5. Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II
  6. Linear Functions I
  7. Linear Functions II
  8. Periodic and Piecewise I
  9. Polynomial, Power, Logistic, Rational Functions I
  10. Quadratic Functions I
  11. Sets, Probability, Statistics I

Throughout the workbook series, we have consistently sought to address the content and process standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

NCTM Standards Targeted: Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability

Detailed Activity Objectives

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Grade Levels Targeted: 3 - 12, College

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MIRL Activity Library, Volume II

Make It Real Learning Activity Library, Volume II, contains 110 activities in the following workbooks:

  1. Arithmetic II
  2. Fractions, Percents, Decimals III
  3. Fractions, Percents, Decimals IV
  4. Geometry I
  5. Geometry II
  6. Graphing & Other Algebra Skills I
  7. Graphing & Other Algebra Skills II
  8. Linear Functions III
  9. Periodic & Piecewise II
  10. Quadratic II
  11. Sets, Probability, Statistics II

All of the activities are mapped to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. As of March 2012, these learning standards had been adopted by 45 of the 50 states in the United States. A reference document mapping the activities to the standards is available here.

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Grade Levels Targeted: 3 - 12, College

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MIRL Library Volume I + Volume II

Make It Real Learning Activity Library, Volume I and Volume II, contains 220 activities in the following workbooks:

  1. Arithmetic I
  2. Arithmetic II
  3. Calculus I
  4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions I
  5. Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I
  6. Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II
  7. Fractions, Percents, Decimals III
  8. Fractions, Percents, Decimals IV
  9. Geometry I
  10. Geometry II
  11. Graphing & Other Algebra Skills I
  12. Graphing & Other Algebra Skills II
  13. Linear Functions I
  14. Linear Functions II
  15. Linear Functions III
  16. Periodic and Piecewise I
  17. Periodic & Piecewise II
  18. Polynomial, Power, Logistic, Rational Functions I
  19. Quadratic Functions I
  20. Quadratic II
  21. Sets, Probability, Statistics I
  22. Sets, Probability, Statistics II

Throughout the Volume I workbook series, we have consistently sought to address the content and process standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. NCTM Standards Targeted: Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability

Detailed Activity Objectives: Library Volume I.

All of the Volume II activities are mapped to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. As of March 2012, these learning standards had been adopted by 45 of the 50 states in the United States. A reference document mapping the activities to the standards is available here.

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Grade Levels Targeted: K - 12, College

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state focused real-world math activity.

States by the Numbers: 50 State Bundle

The 50 State Bundle contains the individual workbooks of all 50 states! With 4000 real-world math problems to solve, this bundle is a bargain at just $0.40 per workbook.

States by the Numbers is a real-world math adventure across the United States. Learn about your favorite state or states by delving into place values, rounding, estimation, fractions and percentages.

There are 50 workbooks in the series - one for each state. The data in each workbook is taken directly from the Census Bureau's 2008 Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Each workbook includes basic instruction and 80 practice problems. Additionally, the "What's the big idea?" pages give learners the opportunity to reflect on the things they've learned. Throughout the workbook series, we have consistently sought to address the content and process standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

There are multiple ways to use these real-world math activities in a teaching environment. Since the activities teach both mathematics and social studies, many teachers and families enjoy using the workbooks to reinforce mathematics across the curriculum. Although the activities may be effectively used in a formal teaching setting, they are designed specifically for the independent learner.

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Grade Levels Targeted: K - 8

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Everything Bundle:

States by the Numbers (50 State Bundle) + MIRL Library Volumes I & II

Get it all! Library Volume I and Volume II + States by the Numbers (all 50 states).

Contents:

  1. States by the Numbers - 50 State bundle
  2. Arithmetic I
  3. Arithmetic II
  4. Calculus I
  5. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions I
  6. Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I
  7. Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II
  8. Fractions, Percents, Decimals III
  9. Fractions, Percents, Decimals IV
  10. Geometry I
  11. Geometry II
  12. Graphing & Other Algebra Skills I
  13. Graphing & Other Algebra Skills II
  14. Linear Functions I
  15. Linear Functions II
  16. Linear Functions III
  17. Periodic and Piecewise I
  18. Periodic & Piecewise II
  19. Polynomial, Power, Logistic, Rational Functions I
  20. Quadratic Functions I
  21. Quadratic II
  22. Sets, Probability, Statistics I
  23. Sets, Probability, Statistics II

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state focused real-world math activity.

States by the Numbers: Individual State Workbook

Each state workbook is available individually. Purchase one or many state's activities.

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Grade Levels Targeted: K - 8

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