**Math in Your
Life**
**Overview:**

This lesson helps students connect math to their daily lives. Many people
think of math without thinking of its real life applications. It's not uncommon
for adult learners to come up with answers for word problems that couldn't
possibly be correct, simply because they aren't connecting math to real
life situations.

In this lesson, students will build on the math strategies that they already
know how to use, but that they may not be connecting to the math they do
in school. They will develop their writing skills as they write about using
math in their lives. They will also gain an understanding of word problems
by writing and solving problems of their own. Finally, students will prepare
for test-taking as they write and answer their own test questions.

**Subject Matter**

- Basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions
and percentages)
- Writing
- Test-taking skills

**Students will be able to:**
- Write simple math word problems
- Answer simple math word problems
- Answer multiple choice questions more accurately
- Critique multiple choice math tests

**Standards**

National Reporting Systems

**Materials:**

Basic paper, pens, and pencils are all that are necessary. If you want to do extensions with other math tests, you will need to find workbooks
or other test materials.

**Media Components**
Thirteen/WNET's on-air adult education programs such as the math sections
of

GED
CONNECTION,

GED
EN ESPAÑOL, the ITV program

MATH
BASICS, and others can all be used by teachers as media clips in lessons.

The following Web sites provide information, lesson plans, and activities
on teaching math:

The Adult Numeracy Network's Web page contains information and links
about teaching math to adults:

The following books provide information, lesson plans, and activities
on teaching math:

- CONNECTIONS -- LIFE SKILLS MATHEMATICS, ed. Elizabeth Strauss

Steck-Vaughn Company (1992)

- CONSUMER MATH SUCCESS KIT by David E. Newton

J. Weston Walch (1983)

- FAMILY MATH by Jean Stenmark, Virginia Thompson and Ruth Cossey

LHS Publications (1986)

- FEAR OF MATH by Claudia Zaslavsky

Rutger University Press (1994)

- LIFE SKILLS MATHEMATICS AND MATHEMATICS FOR CONSUMERS by August V. Treff
and Donald H. Jacobs

American Guidance Services, Inc. (1992)

- MATH ANXIETY REDUCTION by Robert D. Haclanan

H&H Publishing (1985)

- MATH IN THE SUPERMARKET by Larry Parsky

Educational Design, Inc. (1994)

- MATH MATTERS FOR ADULTS -- FRACTIONS, DECIMALS AND PERCENTS by Karen
Lassiter

Steck-Vaughn Company (1993)

- MEASURE UP by Charles H. Kahn, Sylvia K. Herring, and Robert Tong

Fearon, Janus, Quercus (1968)