Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Life in Numbers

Here's an idea for getting your math year off to a great start...

When I posted about Math Journals & Notebooks, I mentioned that I loved the idea of having children make covers relating math to themselves as Courtney shares at A Middle School Survival Guide. Ideally, I'd begin the lesson by reading aloud a book that relates math to everyday life. (I mention several suggestions here.)

When I first considered what might go on a cover, I didn't have a lot of ideas. I just thought about # of siblings or children, year of birth or age, height or weight, etc. But the more I considered, the more ideas multiplied! I'd definitely want to do this as a brainstorming activity with students rather than giving them a list. See what your collective brain energy can come up with! How is math related to our daily life? Here are some of the things we thought of:
  • time you wake up/go to sleep
  • # of favorite ____________ (sports, colors, hobbies)
  • # of years _____________ (teaching, being a student, playing an instrument or sport)
  • time each day that you ___________ (exercise, go to school, watch tv, read, play video games)
  • # of _____________ that you own (pets, video games, books)
  • # of years until you (finish school, turn 21, want to get married or have kids)
  • cost of your favorite (restaurant meal, soda, candy bar)
  • amount you spent per week on (lunch, snacks, coffee)
The possibilities are endless!

A follow-up post will show you how to turn this into a problem solving activity!!


  1. That is a neat idea, thank you for sharing.

  2. Cindy- Thanks for the shout out! I LOVE your cover...and your prompts...and the books you suggested! In the resource room, I think opening the discussion and brainstorming using picture books would be perfect! Thanks for the ideas :)


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