Real Life
Activities: Overview of the Lesson
Introduction
 Reallife 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 reallife 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 oneonone.
 Problems that many students
have can be addressed in whole class discussions.
Fractions: A MiniLesson
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 RealLife 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 nonstandard 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.
