Real World Math
The Real World Math category of Current Curriculum contains 15 sets of activities that will challenge your students to use their math skills in a variety of real life situations.
They’ll meet Maya who is moving to Portland, Jeff who is going to Wrigley Field and Sydney who has gotten a part time job. They’ll deal with real world economics, money matters and much, much more. And remember to visit often because new activities are added each month.
Each set of activities is accompanied by a teacher’s guide that includes a detailed description of each activity, an answer key and step-by-step math solutions where needed.
Real World Math Unit Names and Descriptions
For August we have added a new activity titled Grocery Basket Inflation to The Cost of Living unit.
Everyone likes going to the movies, but nobody likes the price of popcorn. In this activity set, the real world math involves the business side of the movies from the price of tickets to the cost of concessions and who gets the money.
We just added a new two-page activity to At The Movies based on the recent comic book hit Batman v Superman. The real world math deals with daily ticket revenue, gross revenue around the world and how ticket revenue is divided between the producers and the multiplex.
The activities in this set deal with tax freedom day on both the national and state levels. A graphing activity that compares taxes as a percentage of income illustrates how the nation’s tax burden has grown over the years.
The activities in this set all revolve around the Big Mac. What are the financial and nutritional costs of a Big Mac meal? Is the changing price of a Big Mac a good measure of inflation? What is the Big Mac Index?
Brad has taken a job in Raleigh, North Carolina. In this activity set, the real world math involves Brad’s drive from Des Moines to Raleigh, the apartment he rents, his first trip to the grocery store, buying apartment furnishings and getting his first electric bill.
Jeff and two of his friends are going to Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates. In this activity set, the real world math involves buying baseball tickets online, completing the box score for the game and calculating the Cubs’ batting statistics for the season.
Luke has taken a part-time job at the YMCA. In this activity set, the real world math involves Luke’s first paycheck, how he spends what he earns and his checking and savings account transactions.
Malletech, Inc. manufactures Thor’s Hammer, the #1 rated wooden mallet used around the world. In this activity set, the real world math involves Malletech’s material costs, salaries and wages, an employee’s payroll records and the company’s annual revenue and profits.
Maya has taken a job in Portland, Oregon. In this activity set, the real world math involves Maya’s drive from Austin to Portland, the apartment she rents, her first trip to the grocery store, buying apartment furnishings and getting her first electric bill.
Yes, how we handle our money does matter. In this activity set, the real world math involves Emma’s monthly budget, Eric’s online checking account statement and Megan’s first credit card.
The economy affects each of us throughout our lives. In this activity set, the real world math involves unemployment, inflation, taxes, the national debt, the Great Recession, the Great Depression and much more.
For most young people, college is still the key to a successful career. In this activity set, the real world math involves the growing costs of attending college, how much students are paying for college and how much six young people are repaying in student loans.
Sydney has taken a part-time job as a banquet server for a hotel. In this activity set, the real world math involves Sydney’s first paycheck, how she spends what she earns and her checking and savings account transactions. Students will also calculate the change in Sydney’s earnings when she starts working part-time at Aldi. They will then calculate her future earnings at Aldi as a full-time employee, manager trainee and manager.
What it costs to live depends on where you live. In this activity set, the real world math involves Tara’s job transfer from Atlanta to San Francisco, Mikayla’s decision to move to the city and a comparison of the cost to live comfortably in 25 of the largest cities in the United States.
The Johnsons have bought a new home in the Candlelight Manor Subdivision. In this activity set, the real world math involves their mortgage costs, their utility bills and their property taxes.
Whether it’s a car, a truck or a motorcycle, everybody wants wheels. In this activity set, the real world math involves Hannah’s new car, Isaac’s car lease, Jason’s first car, gasoline expenses and a weekend blowout sale.