Mapping out a family tree can be a great opportunity for younger children to learn more about “where they come from.” Often, seeing their immediate family drawn out on paper will help them to remember relatives better and understand those relationships of how those relatives are, well, related!
Students bring a famous person to life in a classroom presentation complete with a speech, costume and props.
If you have the responsibility of teaching about Columbus, you need to be aware there’s more to the story than three ships and 1492. If your picture of Columbus is still the noble explorer, nothing will take the wind out of your sails like the article from Reuters describing the mock trial by Honduran Indians, charging Columbus with genocide and robbery.
Commercial printers deal with division constantly in figuring the number of finished-size sheets that can be cut from the large “parent” size sheets they normally receive from the paper supplier. It’s a real-world exercise not many people are aware of.
Students will use math skills to calculate square footage and cost of a new floor.
Students will find and interpret averages based on their daily activities.
As soon as students turn 18, they are eligible to have their very own credit card – and credit score – without needing parental permission, and sometimes a job isn’t even required to be approved. Prepare them for the reality of interest rates.
A variety of math and planning skills can be used to plan a holiday vacation.
Wish you had a dollar for every time you heard “But we’ll NEVER use this when we grow up”? Using the newspaper grocery ads inserts, “give” your students $100 to spend.
The student will apply multiplication, planning and calculator skills by pretending to order take out food.
Obviously, place value is an important skill in number manipulation, say, for counting money. These following games and exercises can help you reinforce place value skills in a fun way.
Did you know there are 293 different ways to make change for a dollar?
This is a fun (if somewhat time consuming) exercise for counting money. Have your students try to list all 293 coin combinations. This list will come in handy when checking papers.
Being able to figure the distance from point A to point B is a task many people take for granted (or in some cases, can’t do very accurately). Everyday, people estimate how much their grocery bill is going to be at the supermarket or how long it will take to complete a list of errands. Getting your students to work on such skills now, means they will get better and better at it as time goes on.
Grade school geometry doesn’t have to get into a detailed lesson on Pi to communicate the basics of this constant.
A discussion on the T2T mailing list recently prompted the comment, “I hate to get technical, but the new millennium doesn’t actually begin until the year 2001…” Other members quickly responded, not understanding why the new millennium won’t begin on January 1, 2000. We felt that we should clarify.