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Math Apprentice
A multimedia site that provides students an opportunity to try various professions that use math. Students can be scientists, engineers, computer animators, video game programmers, and more. Math Apprentice provides areas of free exploration as well as specific problems to solve. It is meant for upper elementary and middle school students.

Yummy Math
Quality math activities from real life, organized into categories such as math and social studies, geometry, data and probability, holidays and annual events, food, sports, number sense, etc. Available as PDF and DOC files. The activities are free but answers are available only to subscribers.

Mathematical Moments
A series of one-page PDF files that promote appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture. The one-page flyers cover very diverse topics such as finding oil, solving crimes, DNA, brain, traffic, aircraft design, etc.

Where do you need math, square roots, or algebra? (my article)
An article discussing where students need square roots, or other pre-algebra and algebra concepts.

Micron: Math in the Workplace
A great collection of REAL-world math problems contributed by a variety of businesses, demonstrating the relevance of math in today's world. The intent of these lessons is to excite students about mathematics, to expose students to professions that employ mathematics, and to demonstrate the relevance of mathematics in solving real-world challenges. Choose the "Math in the Worplace" tab.

Make It Real Learning
Math projects or activitity worksheets of real-life applications, focused on answering the question, "When am I ever going to use this?" Free samples available.

Math Careers Database
Descriptions for 277 major jobs and what math topics are needed on the job.

When Will I Use Math - Careers
WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer the question "When will I use math?" It describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.

Career profiles
Essays from authors from a variety of careers for which a background in the mathematical sciences is useful.

Examining How Mathematics is Used in the Workplace
Mathematics in Automobile Production; Proportional Reasoning by Nurses; Modeling the Mathematics of Banking; Mathematical Models as Seen by Biologists; How do Scientists Interpret Graphs?

Math in Technology
Fully written out examples of how various areas of mathematics are applied to various areas of technology.

Why Do I Need to Know Math? Who needs this stuff anyway?
What have others asked and answered about the importance of studying algebra? Math on the Job and Professional Profiles.

Real World Math: Engaging Students through Global Issues
This is a supplementary math text with a teacher's guide and a student workbook. They contain 15 lessons that engage students in learning foundational algebra and geometry through real-world data on global issues such as climate change, population, and financial literacy.

"Why Should My Child Take Algebra, Other Than 'Because It's On The SAT?'"
Math teacher Mike Maggart gives some reasons why all students should study algebra.

Primary Grade Challenge Math cover Primary Grade Challenge Math by Edward Zaccaro
A very good book on problem solving with very varied word problems and strategies on how to solve problems. Includes chapters on: Sequences, Problem-solving, Money, Percents, Algebraic Thinking, Negative Numbers, Logic, Ratios, Probability, Measurements, Fractions, Division. Each chapter’s questions are broken down into four levels: easy, somewhat challenging, challenging, and very challenging.
Challenge Math cover Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student by Edward Zaccaro
Another problem-solving book by Zaccaro, for middle school levels. It contains both lessons and exercises for problem solving with three levels of questions.

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