#### Blogs

Looking for non-traditional methods and materials for math instruction? These free sites offer creative math exercises and problem-solving activities that can help your children learn math concepts -- minus the dry textbook questions.

**Relating Math to the Real World **

**RealWorldMath**: This site enables students to take the math concepts they’re learning and apply them to a variety of tasks using information, images and tools in Google Earth. Downloads for over 30 activities are available.

**FoodMaster**: The hands-on activities at this site use food and cooking to teach math (and science) concepts. You can download individual chapters and answer keys for grades 3 - 5, 6 - 8, and labs for high school. Explore measurement and conversions, ratios and percentages, comparisons, etc. using a variety of foods. Many activities involve graphing and experimentation.

**Problem Solving**

**Chewable Math****: **Solve word problems about typical items you buy at the grocery store, and how you'd get the best deal.

**MathCounts**: Solve a variety of word problems: compare the value of two summer jobs; perform calculations with gift cards; explore percents and probabilities with ice cream, and more. There's an archive, where you can view past problems and answers. The exercises can be searched by topic (Moon Math; Pizza Problems) or concept (measurement, percents and fractions), with new problems presented each week. Also at the site are** ****MathCounts Minis**, videos teaching math concepts, with downloadable worksheets and answer sheets.

**TV411****: **Features of number of videos showing people using math in real-world situations: taking measurements; figuring area; choosing the most affordable phone plan, etc.

**Math Maven Mysteries**: This Scholastic site presents short story mysteries to solve, and in the process, you're reviewing key math concepts. Categorized by skill and diffifculty level, and the mysteries can be downloaded.

**Figure This****: **Math challenges

**Math In Your Backyard**

**Maths Outdoors**: It's amazing what math investigations can be done with just some sticks and stones: shapes and symmetry; angles and fractals; measurement, multiplication and many more. This site is full of a lot of great ideas, not just for exploring math concepts, but for educating outside in the other subject areas.

**Mathematical Moments:**

**How we use math in our everyday lives.**

**Math Riddles for Kids****: **Brain stretchers for elementary through high school.

For additional real world math activities, check out **this list of sites from Education World**; and** ****this Pinterest page.**

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