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The Make It Real Learning Graphing and Other Algebra Skills I workbook focuses on realworld situations that may be effectively analyzed using algebraic concepts such as graphing, functions, inverse functions, and geometric series. This book suits best grades 7,8, and high school.
From designing a paper size to analyzing MP3 player sales, learners get to use basic math skills in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. autism, takehome pay, McDonald's, newspapers as a source of information, MP3 player sales), not just "realistic" data.
The workbook includes 10 activities focused on helping learners master the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (www.corestandards.org). Each workbook activity focuses on making sense of mathematics in a realworld context. Mastering mathematics means more than memorizing procedures. Learners need to discover how to think critically and use mathematics as a tool to better understand the world.
There are multiple ways to use the activities of the book in a teaching environment. The activities are an excellent tool for stimulating mathematical discussions in a small group setting. Due to the challenging nature of each activity, group members are motivated to brainstorm problem solving strategies together. The interesting real world contexts motivate them to want to solve the problems. The activities may also be used for individual projects and classwide discussions.
As a readyresource for teachers, the workbook also includes completely workedout solutions for each activity. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity.
The PDF for this book 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.
Activity Title  Mathematical Objectives 

Autism Awareness: Interpreting Graphs 
Reading the graph of a function Estimate the slope Interpret graphs 
Designing Paper: Setting Up and Solving Problems 
Problem solving Ratio Solve a quadratic equation 
Personal Income — Saginaw: Interpreting Rates of Change 
Calculate rate of change Draw a scatterplot Sketch a line of best fit 
Portable Music Players: Interpreting Graphs 
Interpret graphs Estimate the equations for horizontal asymptotes & interpret their meaning in a graph Interpret a sales ratio 
Reading the News: Using Function Inverses 
Calculate rates of change Find a linear function to fit given data. Find an inverse of a linear function Use the inverse of a function 
Reading the News #2: Using Function Inverses 
Using regression (quadratic) Finding an inverse of a function 
Restaurant Sales: Composing Functions  Using and understanding composite functions 
Saving for Retirement: Using a Finite Geometric Series  Using the formula for a finite geometric series to calculate compound interest 
Simple Interest Savings: Using Sequences and Series 
Simple interest Writing a formula 
Take Home Pay: Composing Functions 
Writing a simple function Composing functions 
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