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 Real Life Activities: Overview of the Lesson Introduction Real-life activities used in the classroom expose children to math in their everyday world. Review Previous Work Using picture books helps students see how math is used every day. Students used math journals to discuss math topics they had learned previously. The concepts they discussed included fractions, layering and measuring. Group Work Using a recipe is one way to use math in a real-life context. Adjusting recipes allows students to work with fractions. Fractions can also be discussed when cutting a cake. Solving Problems with Students As students work together in small groups teachers can observe difficulties that students have. Individual problems can be solved one-on-one. Problems that many students have can be addressed in whole class discussions. Fractions: A Mini-Lesson One group tried to solve the following multiplication problem: 2/3 x 4 As a whole class the problem was discussed and strategies were shared. By changing the problem to addition, the students were better able to understand and reach a solution: 2/3 + 2/3 + 2/3 + 2/3 = 8/3 Expanding the Activity Giving each group a different recipe increases the variety of problems students can solve. Some recipes serve 4 to 5 others 6 to 8 and others 10. Sharing their adjusted recipes with the class allows them to discuss the math concepts involved. Cooking: A Real-Life Experience The class talked about safety rules such as using a fire extinguisher, using potholders, and keeping hair and flammables away from fire. Math is clearly used in cooking when discussing the use of standard and non-standard measuring tools. Assessment Having students write in math journals is one means of assessment. Students explain how they see mathematics in the real world. As they verbalize their learning, they must organize their thoughts and clarify their thinking. Sharing journals with the class allows students to learn from each other.

 5th Grade Math Home > Teacher Resources > Notes > Real Life Activities: Overview of the Lesson