Authentic Math Unit Plans
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Students learn best when teachers craft an environment that makes content relevant to their lives. Our teacher advisors found ways to bring the real world into the classroom and create opportunities for students to interact with each other and integrate math into authentic learning situations. Students research, collect and analyze data, graph, and use movement, geometry and geography to solve problems in the following cross-curricular unit plans.
Geometry teaching gets three-dimensional with physical movement, songs, and cross-curricular connections in geography. Teaching geometry has never been so much fun!
This persuasive writing unit asks students to address the essential question "If a teen commits a crime, would justice be served if he/she were punished like an adult who commits the same crime?" Students analyze data and trends from national crime statistics in addition to reading the expository text.
This unit embeds social studies and language arts to support graphing math skills such as, counting, simple addition, greater than, less than, least, between, greater and recognizing and reading different types of graphs. Students create graphs to learn about the characteristics that make them unique and the commonalities they share with their classmates.
This unit plan focuses on building your class community by helping the children get to know each other with math lessons that help identify their similarities and differences by comparing their names, participating in daily class surveys and sharing their morning commute routines with each other.
This unit helps prepare students to look for and obtain jobs. They learn how to fill out an application, research corporations, work with money, and calculate different types of payment. They will also learn how teamwork is an important skill to learn when seeking a part-time job.