Overview - MEANINGFUL MATH BINDER
Meaningful Math is a series of reproducible activities designed to help students master problem-solving skills through "real-world" applications. Students are exposed to examples of how math is encountered in everyday life, whether it is figuring out how much to tip in a restaurant or what amount they can save on an item during a department store sale. At the same time, students practice solving word problems correctly using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, percents, and sales tax. Each activity page includes an image of a sign, web page, menu, receipt, newspaper clipping, or other item that can be seen in real life. Students will solve math word problems based on the real-life image.
ONE- and TWO-STEP PROBLEMS Many math word problems must be solved using two or more steps. In this binder, students ease into solving two-step problems. On one worksheet, a two-step problem is broken into two separate questions. Students must use the answer to the first question to solve the second problem. In this way, two-step problems are made simpler and easier to solve for students who struggle with math.
LEVELS Four levels are included in the binder. Level 1 begins with the most basic one-step problems, with the math problem provided. In Level 2, students must solve one-step problems and choose the correct answer from a list of provided answers. In Level 3, students must solve two-step problems and choose the correct answer from a list of provided answers. In Level 4, students must figure out if the problems are one-step or two-step problems, and then solve the problems and write the answers.
INCLUDES A 178-page Binder with Instructions, 160 Activity Sheets, and an Answer Key.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I found this binder to beneficial for my special ed students. Students learn to problem solve for real world situations by building strategies to identify the needed function, set up the problem, and solve it. The strategies develop and build on the prior strategy so students are able to see it multiple times before applying it on their own with limited help. As the students move from completing one step to two-step problems successfully, they also develop mathematical awareness and confidence. Not only are students learning basic math concepts, they are also learning valuable life skills that they can use in their day to day routine. The realia also makes these activities high interest yet the low level reading makes it accessible for struggling readers. I recommend this product to other math teachers.
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