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(10 activities)

# Introduction

The Make It Real Learning Graphing and Other Algebra Skills I workbook focuses on real-world 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, take-home 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 real-world 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 class-wide discussions.

As a ready-resource for teachers, the workbook also includes completely worked-out 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.

## Graphing and Other Algebra Skills I Activity List

Activity TitleMathematical 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
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
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
Using Function Inverses
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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