Two of our teachers recently challenged me by asking for a resource that would provide great real-life application math projects. There are a lot of such things out there, but none of them have really impressed me, mainly because they all seem like a lot of work to implement. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a source that did all the work for us of creating quality, authentic math scenarios that we could immediately get students busy solving – engaging students’ curiosity and critical thinking while giving them a chance to apply their math skills?
Well, I think may have found it, thanks to my friend and partner in edtech, Amanda Hoagland.
Robert Kaplinsky is my kind of educator! At the time of this writing, he has developed 65 real life problem-based challenges that any student would actually WANT to solve. Let me give you an example…
Now if you’re thinking that this is WAY too hard for your 3rd graders, have no fear. Kaplinsky has challenges for all grade levels. They are also tied to Common Core Math standards. A simple search for a CCSS indicator will bring up all the lessons that incorporate that standard.
But wait… it doesn’t stop there. If you don’t find the perfect problem-based challenge for a particular math concept in his collection, he has also provided a “Problem-Based Search Engine“ powered by Google on his site. This allows you to search within a huge list of other resources that provide similar types of lessons.