I must admit...after reviewing web resources weekly for the past 8 years, I have lost track of what has been reviewed. Some of this is due to the fact that over the eight years, many of the websites are revamped visually...and sometimes even appear under new URLs. So, if I have previously reviewed this week's website...excuse me as a DOPWAMP!
Brian Marks and Leslie Lewis have put together an interesting website called
YummyMath. Its intent is help teachers bring real-life ideas/contexts into math classrooms. Their premise is that "when math is explored in contexts that are familiar and of interest to students, students will be more engaged to do math, reason, think critically, question and communicate."
For example,this month it offers ideas specific to April: Easter, Passover, Boston Marathon, Earth Day, Patriots Day, etc. My question: How could they avoid discussing the payment of income taxes?
Using the link "Bird's Eye" you can see the plethera of activities they have provided...some are new, most are creative, some are forced, and some are very similar to what other teachers have done before...but I still like most of them because you may not have seen such done before.
Using their other links, you also can sort the websitee's activities by subject areas, grade levels and by genre. However, feel free to adapt (and mix/match) the activities to any level you want.
The website claims that their activities correspond with the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice. And, the activities are offered FREE to teachers for classroom use (with a request for optional donations). Hmmmm...the website MathNEXUS has been running for more than eight years and it has never asked for a donation....hint, hint!