real world math Archives - Mary Kienstra

Numbers in the News

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 3, 2015  in: current events, real world math

I worry that  kids think that math only happens in math class.  Although I make our math lessons relevant to my students’ lives, I know sometimes they just don’t notice the connections between real life and math.  This year, I’ve made “Numbers in the News” a point of focus in our class.  I think so far, my […] Read more

Ratio and Proportion: Supersized!

By: Mary Kienstra on: December 7, 2014  in: graphing, ratio, real world math

NCTM published an article called “Rethink your Drink” by Caroline B. Ebby (November 2013, Vol. 19, Issue 4, Page 242) describing a project where students analyze the sugar content in popular beverages.  This project engages students in finding the ratio of sugar to drink, representing the sugar content with sugar cubes, and graphing the various representations.  It’s […] Read more