This is a question that students have been asking math teachers for years. Although answers such as "It will increase your problem solving skills" or "You'll need it in college" may be true, such responses fail to motivate most students. Wouldn't you like to show students how the math they are learning will benefit them on a personal level? Now you can.
Make It Real Learning workbooks each concentrate answering the question, "When am I ever going to use this?" Each workbook also has a mathematical theme, such as "linear functions", so that you can find materials on the appropriate level for your students.
The workbooks contain activities or problem situations taken from reallife, with real data. Some examples of the situations are: cell phone plans, autism, population growth, cooking, borrowing money, credit cards, life spans, music downloads, etc. etc. As students work through the problems, they can use the math skills and concepts they have learned in their math curriculum (such as the concept of average or graphing), and apply those to a situation from reallife.
Each activitylesson in the book contains several questions about the situation, starting with basics and going into more indepth evaluations, and should be adequate for onetwo complete class periods.
Why does that benefit you, the teacher? It will motivate the students far more than dull, boring word problems from the textbook. It will show students how mathematics is truly USEFUL. Also:
The video below explains the basics of the Make It Real Learning activity workbooks:
These books are suitable for various grade levels  please see the list below. Many of them suit best high school math such as algebra 1, 2, or precalculus, but several books also are perfect for earlier grade levels. All books include complete solutions to all activities and problems. Please note that Make It Real Learning workbooks do not contain the instruction or explanations of the concepts.
Arithmetic I  for grades 36
Arithmetic II  for grades 47
Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I  for grades 48. $4.99
Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II  for grades 611. $4.99
Fractions, Percents, and Decimals III  for grades 47. $4.99
Fractions, Percents, and Decimals IV  for grades 47. $4.99
Geometry I  for grades 67. $4.99
Geometry II  for grades 4,7, and high school. $4.99
Sets, Probability, and Statistics I  for grades 610. $4.99
Sets, Probability, and Statistics II  for grades 612. $4.99
Linear Functions I  for algebra 1 and algebra 2. $4.99
Linear Functions II  for algebra 1 and algebra 2. $4.99
Linear Functions III  for algebra 1 and algebra 2. $4.99
Graphing and Other Algebra Skills I  for grades 7, 8, and high school. $4.99
Graphing and Other Algebra Skills II  for grades 68, and high school. $4.99
Quadratic Functions I  for algebra 1 and algebra 2/precalculus. $4.99
Quadratic Functions II  for algebra 1 and algebra 2/precalculus. $4.99
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions I  for algebra 2/precalculus. $4.99
Periodic and Piecewise Functions I  for algebra 2/precalculus. $4.99
Periodic and Piecewise Functions II  for algebra 2/precalculus. $4.99
Polynomial, Power, Logistic, and Rational Functions I  for algebra 2/precalculus. $4.99
Calculus I  for grade 12. $4.99
The activity libraries allow you to get 11 workbooks from the series for a discounted price of $39.99!
Activity Library I  $39.99  Activity Library II  $39.99  

Arithmetic I 
Arithmetic II 
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Besides the workbooks mentioned above, Make It Real Learning also has a series of smaller workbooks called States by the Numbers. This series contains 50 workbooks — one for each state in the United States. The data in each workbook is taken directly from the Census Bureau's 2008 Statistical Abstract of the United States.
These workbooks offer a realdata math adventure across the United States! You can use the workbook for your state along with other resources as a unit study about your own state, or your other favorite states. Meanwhile the students will also learn and practice place values, rounding, estimation, fractions and percentages.
There are 50 workbooks in the series — one for each state. Each workbook includes basic instruction and 80 practice problems. The problems can be used on grades 37; probably the best fit is for grades 46.
Additionally, the “What's the big idea?” pages give learners the opportunity to reflect on the things they've learned.
There are multiple ways to use the activities in a teaching environment. Since the activities teach both mathematics and social studies, many teachers and families enjoy using the workbooks to reinforce mathematics across the curriculum. Although the activities may be effectively used in a formal teaching setting, they are designed specifically for the independent learner.
Each PDF for this series of books is enabled for annotation. This means that if you prefer, your student can fill it in on the computer, using the typewriter and drawing tools in Acrobat Reader version 9 or greater.
Read more about States by the Numbers series workbooks here.
This "Superbundle" of Make It Real Learning products contains:
You can get all of the above for $79.99.
Review of Make It Real Learning from Armyof5 blog
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