When are we ever going to use this in the real world? Is this going to be on the test? The list could go on and on. I'm already prepared not only with a response but my lesson plan relates math to the real world so they know I'm not just saying it to be saying it but I have justified my answer with real world examples. Many of my lessons have come from the following websites focused on empowering students by connecting math to the real world...
Waterloo Mathematics-Explore some real-world problems being solved by mathematicians. For each real-world problem, try your hand at a related mathematical problem. These problems are designed to be accessible to students in grades 9-10 and later. Solutions are provided.
Get the Math combines video and web interactivity to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. Drawing on conventions of popular reality TV shows, video segments begin with profiles of young professionals, who then pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens. Viewers are encouraged to try the challenges themselves using interactive tools provided on the Get the Math website before returning to the video to see the teams’ solutions. Students can further explore the same, as well as extended, algebraic concepts through additional interactive challenges on the website.
Real World Math is a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators. Mathematics is much more than a set of problems in a textbook. In the virtual world of Google Earth, concepts and challenges can be presented in a meaningful way that portray the usefulness of the ideas.
Math Live-has a collection of animated cartoons that teach students math concepts. 3rd through 6th grade students can learn about numbers, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability.
Online Resource Library A compilation of Grade 5 websites that are aligned to common core standards.