Real Life Math Lessons

Keep your math class authentic and engaging with these real life math lessons from 2 Peas and a Dog. #math #mathlessons #reallifemath #lessonplans #teacherspayteachers

Real-life math lessons are important to help students see the relevance of the lessons they are learning in class. Remember back to when you were in middle school? You were trying to be cool, thinking about the latest movie to come out, or what you might do with your friends on the weekend? Your nodding, right? Do you remember thinking back about some of your classes at that time? Thinking, when am I ever going to use this? It’s okay, I’m still nodding too.

The truth is, everyone wants what they are doing to be related to their own lives. In fact, your students may have asked: When will I ever use this in real life?

As teachers, we do such a great job of integrating real-life experiences and references in areas like Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art, that sometimes subjects like Mathematics are left to the boring math problems written in old textbooks.

It’s time to try something new and engaging for our students. Provide them with real-life math projects so your students won’t be asking how it relates to their lives, but will help them make connections to their own world and uncovering math in everyday life.


Unit Rate Math Project

Real life unit rate math project from 2 Peas and a Dog. #reallifemath #unitrate #math #lessonplans

Unless you are blessed with a live-in chef, you’ve likely had to follow a recipe at some point in your life. This is the best type of math: exercise your mind and enjoy something yummy! In this real life math assignment, students will budget out the best prices on ingredients to make some delicious fudge. Compare the prices of two grocery stores to plan your dessert, all while exploring Unit Rate and Decimals. Apply this lesson in real life and make your own batch of Chocolate Fudge using the provided recipe. Get this lesson here

Assignment Includes:

  • Real Fudge Recipe
  • Unit Rate Worksheets
  • 4 Level Assessment Rubric
  • Answer Key


Cylinders, Surface Area, and Volume

Real life math projects from 2 Peas and a Dog. #mathlessonplans #reallifemath #math

Math in the real world isn’t all number sense. In this math assignment, students will explore measurement and geometry by determining the surface area of the room they would like to paint and figuring out the amount of paint to purchase based on the volume of the paint can. Build on the pricing skills from the previous task to figure out just how much this renovation will cost. Get this lesson here.

Real life math projects from 2 Peas and a Dog. #mathlessonplans #reallifemath #math

Assignment Includes:

  • Buying Paint Word Problem Sheet
  • Painting a Room Word Problem Sheet
  • Math Journal Reflection Sheet
  • 4 Level Assessment Rubric
  • Answer Key

I hope you have gotten some inspiration on how you can bring real-life math lessons into middle school math classroom.

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