A Program of The Actuarial Foundation. Aligned with Common Core State and NCTM Standards.
What is an actuary? An actuary is an expert in statistics who works with businesses, governments, and organizations to help them plan for the future. Actuarial science is the discipline that applies math and statistical methods to assess risk. Background photo: © Inga Nielsen/iStockphoto.

Getting Started

This program is designed to supplement your existing pre-algebra instruction in these areas:
1. solving for unknowns;
2. manipulating equations while keeping them in balance;
3. using formulas to solve real-world challenges; and
4. working with proportions, radicals, and exponents.

The materials are taught through this story line: Athena and Rick are two students frequently called upon to use their powerful mathematical thinking to solve seemingly unsolvable mysteries, problems, and questions. They post case files on a math blog, and the worksheets inside engage students to follow along with the duo and solve problems by applying mathematical skills and a logical, systematic approach.

Three lesson plans and printables teach basic pre-algebra concepts; each lesson features a worksheet, and is also supplemented by a bonus worksheet and take-home activity. The materials are designed with flexibility to allow teachers to use them in whatever order best supplements the scope and sequence of his/her pre-algebra instruction and curriculum. The worksheets also include additional math content connections, highlighted in the materials section of each lesson.

The take-home activities further encourage students to apply their math skills to real-world situations. The classroom poster (PDF) displays the important concept of keeping equations in balance while solving for unknowns and reminds students, particularly visual learners, of this fundamental pre-algebra concept.

 

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