Living Mathematically

Math is part of our everyday activity - shopping, measuring, banking, investing, and the list goes on. When learning math, students sometimes fail to see the connection to their daily routine. This series attempts to show students how to use math in very practical ways to help prepare them for adult life.

Living Mathematically is a series that includes 4 modules that can be used in any order during the high school years, and can be used with at-risk students to lay a foundation for practical math or along side your math curriculum for grade-level learners. Every lesson includes a bit of background information, the reproducibles and any other household items needed, and activities. Teacher guides for the activities are found in the first half of each book (including answers), and reproducible student worksheets are found in the second section of the book.

Financing Your Future offers 10 main activities which are divided into sections and cover compounding interest, the connection between education and income, credit cards, buying a car, loans, buying a home, life insurance, stock investments, travel, and retirement plans. All very usable information!

Home Improvement offers 10 projects that require measuring and basic geometry for figuring the perimeter of a fence, installing a driveway, sidewalk, or landscaping, replacing roof shingles, installing a deck, garage cabinets, tiling, painting and wallpapering, and carpet. In these 10 home improvement projects students will measure, figure the cost, and the amount of time needed to do each project.

Living Within Your Means might be one of the timeliest lessons you can teach your students. In this module they will learn about selecting an apartment, monthly expenses and income, taxes, applying for a job, employment tests, insurance and automobile expenses, and unexpected expenses. They will choose an apartment and keep a check book register as they work through the activities in this book.

Probability In Our Lives is intended to show students how probability is relevant and important in their lives. This concept is most often associated with guessing or gambling and some of the activities in this module are just that - guessing numbers that will be spun on a spinner, game show probability, the chances of getting a dreaded disease, multiple-choice responses, flipping a coin, insurance costs, risk assessment, acceptable/unacceptable probability, and games of chance. This book comes with a spinner for use with some of the activities.

If you just want your student to get some practice in real-world math, these courses are easy to follow and will provide guidance in the things we do each day. ~ Donna

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