## Real World Math Related Posts

## Stacking Paper – 3 Act Math Task

Real World Math in Proportional Reasoning and Linear Relations Here's a new Real World / 3 Act Math Task that is related to proportional reasoning and a direct variation linear relation with a partial variation sequel to boot! Act 1: What's the Question? Students watch the first video and begin discussing what the question will be: How many packages of paper will it take for t...

## Bolt

How Fast Is Usain Bolt Running? When introducing slope as a rate of change in my grade 9 academic and applied courses, I used to use a video of Usain Bolt running the 100 m. Fun times, but pretty basic when it came to the question: "how fast is he running?" Dan Meyer manages to provide a video clip that gives us a 300 m race to work with in order to raise the bar slightly, without leaving any...

## Crazy Taxi

If you're an educator on Twitter or other social media, you probably hear a lot about gamification. Well, when you don't have a reasonable option to "gamify" your math class, you can always turn to finding the perplexing math in a game. This is where Crazy Taxi by Jon Orr comes in. This 3 Act Math Task begins with a scene from a "Grand Theft Auto-esque" video game where a man jumps into a t...

## Darius Washington – Free Throws For The Win

Will Darius Washington score enough free throws to force overtime or a win? That is the question that John Scammell poses on his blog when the Memphis Tigers' player steps up to the line with no time left on the clock to take the 3 biggest shots of his life; down by 2 points against the Louisville Cardinals. How Does Math Fit In? The videos captured from the television broadcast announces b...

## Complex Can Be Simple

How Simple Scenarios Lead to Complex Math Just a few hours ago, I was mentioned in a Tweet by @i2Learn with a link to a picture of how math is all around us: https://twitter.com/i2Learn/status/444145090379128834 At first glance, the photo looks like a great opportunity for introducing the basic concept of arrays and multiplication. However, since I have been using algebra tiles quite ext...

## Making Math Real Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

UPDATE: Tuesday March 4th, 2014 I introduced the concept of distribution using this problem today. I added the solutions below, so CLICK HERE to jump to the bottom if you've read this post previously! It is no secret that I am a big fan of Dan Meyer's 3 Act Math Tasks for the immediate interest and attention you receive from your students. Using tasks shared by Dan and other Mathletes ...

## Baby Beats

Real World Math in Proportional Reasoning The following 3 act math task involves proportional reasoning and rates of change. Act 1 - Setting the Stage Watch the following video with audio of the heartbeat of my baby in the womb. http://youtu.be/KVnBgc6PXvw Suggesting that the students estimate how many beats per 10 seconds, beats per 30 seconds and beats per 1 minute is a go...

## If you could fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach the moon!

Real World Math Discussions Photo from Physics Central: Physics Buzz blog. A colleague of mine, Leigh Ann Austen had sent on an article titled: If you could fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach the moon and suggested I bring it up to my math class. What a great way to get students thinking at the start of a lesson involving exponential growth since each fold would provide double ...

## Baby Beats – 3 Act Math Task – Rates of Change

Real World Math in Proportional Reasoning The following 3 act math task involves proportional reasoning and rates of change. Act 1 - Setting the Stage Watch the following video with audio of the heartbeat of my baby in the womb. http://youtu.be/KVnBgc6PXvw Suggesting that the students estimate how many beats per 10 seconds, beats per 30 seconds and beats per 1 minute is a go...

## Candle Burning 3 Act Math Task

Making Predictions With Scatter Plots in the Real World This Real World 3 Act Math Task will have students making predictions via interpolation and extrapolation using scatter plots and a line of best fit. Related Math Topics: Data management of two-variables including: making predictions between two-variables, creating scatter plots, classifying correlations as posi...