Where's The Math? Making Real World Math Connections

When it comes to formal maths, how many of you have asked the questions, "Why do we need to know this stuff and when are we ever going to use it?"

Personally I learned more about math when I left school than I did while I was there!

This week's post is dedicated to Making Real-World Math Connections. I have found sites that will show you where the math is in the real world and how useful it is in our lives. Math truly is all around us, and it doesn't always have to come wrapped in a textbook, or on a worksheet, or in a workbook to be learned.

We use math in many ways everyday and sometimes it's so subtle, we don't even realize we are doing it! 

I bet you use it much more often than you realize! 😏

Math in Stories!

You will find a long list of stories, books, plays, and films that have math as part of the story line here:

According to the site: The Mathematical Fiction Homepage is my attempt to collect information about all significant references to mathematics in fiction.
To get right to the list, click here.

Wikipedia: Mathematical Fiction - A genre of creative fiction where mathematics and mathematicians play an important role.

Math in Music!

Math really does have a rhythm....

AMS: Mathematics & Music - Explore the connections between mathematics and music in the videospodcasts, and articles offered.

"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." — Pythagoras

Wikipedia: Music & Mathematics - History, time, rhythm and meter, musical form, tuning systems, and connections to mathematics.


Scientific America: Article: Is There a Link between Music and Math? - Read the article to find out!

Thirteen: Get The Math: Math In Music - Offers a musical challenge that relates to algebra. Check out the rest of  the Get The Math site for more real-world math activities.

Math in the Real World!

How do we use math everyday?

Education World: Math Article  - This article, "Get Real: Math in Everyday Life" has lots of ways math is used in real life and will link you up to may other great learning sites. 

Think Through Learning: 6 Everyday Examples of Math in the Real World - Math in everyday things.

Mashup Math: 10 Examples of Real World Connections in Mathematics - Article offers some ways math applies to the real-world.

TedED: Math in Real Life - Quite a few videos are offered about the real-life math connections.


Math in Nature!

Have some fun with Fibonacci!

The following sites will have you finding patterns in nature!

Fibonacci in Nature - Fibonacci in plant and animal life.

Math is Fun: Fibonacci Sequence: Site offers an explanation of Fibonacci and the Golden Rule.

Wolfram: Math World: Fibonacci Number - Offers some technical info about Fibonacci.

WikipediaFibonacci Number - Information about Fibonacci Numbers and Fibonacci himself.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning:

Spirals - Links to information about spirals.

Geometric Designs - Design your own coloring book from geometric designs.

Fractals - Learn about naturally occurring fractals.

Informal Math Activities - You will find lots of informal and fun, real-world math activities on this page!

I hope these sites make math more fun and interesting for you and your family.



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Cranberry Resource Page

Cranberry Bog
Growing Information & Health Benefits of Cranberries

Wikipedia: Cranberry - Growing information, food uses, and medicinal benefits.

The World's Healthiest Foods: Cranberries - Find out the nutritional value of this food.

MedicalNewsToday: Cranberries: Article - Health benefits, nutritional content, and risks.

Dr. Axe: Cranberries: Article - Cranberries Benefits Are Incredible - Includes nutrition facts, benefits, history and more. Includes links to recipes as well.

Food Facts: Dr. Mercola: Article - What Are Cranberries Good For? Offers health benefits, nutrition facts, study info, a recipe, and fun facts.

Organic Facts: 15 Amazing Benefits Of Cranberry Juice - Medicinal some of the more interesting benefits of cranberries.


Educational Activities & Experiments

Ocean Spray: Cranberries in the Classroom - Free printable activities include: Fact sheets and presentations, worksheets and activities, and videos about how cranberries are grown and harvested.

Universal Preschool.com: Cranberry Fun! - Offers some fun ways families with young children can learn about cranberries.

Elementary Science Program: Cranberries - Historical information about cranberries, how they are grown, and links to more information.

The STEM Laboratory: Dancing Cranberries - An experiment done with dried cranberries and a common liquid. 😊

Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Thanksgiving Food Science: Cranberry Spy Juice - Offers two cranberry experiments and a video to show you how they are done.

YouTube: Cranberry Playlist - Information about cranberries and experiments.
Here's an example of one of the videos...


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Meteorology Resources

Wikipedia: Meteorology - History of the topic, meteorologists, equipment, spatial scales and more.

Environmental Science: What is a Meteorologist? - Find out what meteorologist do, types of meteorologists, where they work, their salary by state, requirements, what they study, and more.

Nat Geo: Meteorology - Facts, info about meteorology, Scales of meteorology, history of meteorologists, and meteorology today.

Scholastic: Meteorology - Explains what meteorology is, scope, and development of modern meteorology.

Weather Wiz Kids: A weather site designed to help kids understand weather. Includes information and experiments.

Weather for Kids: Types of weather. Click on a picture and learn about that topic. 
http://www.weatherforkids.org/

Easy Science for Kids: Being a Weather Forecaster - Info about being a weather forecaster, fun facts about the occupation, and other info.

National Weather Service: Weather Science content for Kids and Teens - Summer Weather camps, Jetstream: The National Weather Services Online School for Weather, Severe storms laboratory, and others.

Study.com: What is Meteorology? Definitions, History, and Facts.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Cloud Resource Page, Tracking Hurricanes, Autumn/Fall, & Snowflake Science

YouTube: Meteorology Playlist - What is meteorology, what can you do with a degree in meteorology, predicting weather and more!
Here's one of the videos you can find in the list...




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Yacht - Dice Game

Yacht, better known by its commercial name Yahtzee, started around 1938, and has many excellent educational benefits, in addition to being a fun and exciting dice game to play! It can be played by one player, multiple players, or as a team, and can be played at just about any age. 

Note: Very young children should be supervised so they don't swallow the dice. Large dice can be purchased and used to play instead.

Learning Perks...

As you may already know, games are an excellent way to learn or hone multiple skills at once. Yacht is no exception! Here are a few of the more obvious educational perks, or benefits of the physical game:


  • Yacht has a strong basis in math, mainly: Counting, addition, and multiplication, and sometimes, depending on how you tally the dice, subtraction.
  • Mental math skills are used to quickly total up the dice thrown.
  • Writing Skills: Players need to keep track of their score by writing them down on the score sheet, which is a chart. 
  • It is naturally a game of: Probability, strategy, problem solving, deductive reasoning, and decision making.
  • Young children, people with special needs, and older people can build dexterity by picking up the dice, putting them into a cup, shaking them, and spilling them out. Larger dice can be used as well.
  • Observation skills and quick thinking are needed to make decisions.
  • Learn how to be a good sport when things go wrong... or right!
  • Empathy for other players when they are trying to reach a goal and succeed or fail.
  • Being supportive when a goal is not reached.
  • Following the rules.
  • Waiting for your turn increases attention span!
  • Reduces stress when you keep it fun and interesting!!!

What you need to play...

5 dice, pencils, instructions, and a scoring sheet

Optional items include: A cup and something to throw the dice into such as a bowl. You can also purchase the full game. Look for Yahtzee game sets in the toy department of your favorite store or online.

The History of the Game, The Rules, Downloadable Score Sheets, Fun Ways to Play, Online Resources and Videos...


Wikipedia: Yacht (dice game) - Information about the game, its history, and how to play. Also see Yahtzee for information about the commercial game made by Milton Bradley.

Math Is Fun: Yacht - Play a one player online version.

Game Rules Guru: Yacht - Game instructions and downloadable score sheets for Yacht.

Yacht Lawn Dice Game: PDF Scoring Sheets - Free. This scoring sheet is for the Lawn version of the game. See video below for how to make outdoor dice.

Yahtzee Online: Printable Yahtzee Score Sheet - Printable score sheets, score cards, and Triple Yahtzee Score Cards. All PDF format.

Memory Improvement Tips: Printable Yahtzee Score Sheets - Large print format available. Prints full page. Also offers Team Play Version of the score sheet.

TIP: Look for an app for the game in your favorite App Store as well!

YouTube: Yacht Playlist - How to make your own lawn dice, how to play the game, and probability of Yahtzee. Here's a video from the list...



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Johnny Appleseed 4 in 1 Puzzle Page w/ Answers & Instructions

Johnny Appleseed 4 in 1 Puzzle Page w/ Answers & Instructions is a 2 page PDF instant download that can be found in my Etsy store, A World To Discover, for only $3!

All puzzles are related to Johnny Appleseed’s life.

Page #1: The 4 in 1 Puzzle Page Includes: 


  • 1 Word Find
  • 1 Word within Word Game
  • 1 Criss-Cross Puzzle and 
  • 1 Word Scramble Puzzle

Page #2: The 4 in 1 Answer/Instruction Page Includes:

Answers to: The Word Find, Criss-Cross Puzzle, and Word Scramble Puzzle and Instructions for the Words Within Word Game. 

This puzzle page can be used with the Johnny Appleseed Resource Page that can be found on Funschooling & Recreational Learning!


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October Special Days Activity Companion Vol 1

I have a brand new ebook to offer you this month! It's called...


I've teamed up with Betty Jo Hendrickson of Still Learning Something New again to offer you more terrific ideas and activities for some of the events, birthdays, and fun and interesting days that can be celebrated during the month of October!

Each of the days we've chosen are meant to help offer homeschool parents, educators, families, event planners, babysitters, libraries, recreational leaders, club leaders, and anyone who plans monthly activities for others, some fun ways to use Betty Jo's awesome list of Special Days!

This wonderful collection of over 120 ideas and activities is suitable for all grade levels and ages, and covers a variety of subjects and diverse topics! This month's issue offers alternate activity suggestions for families that do not celebrate Halloween.

About this publication:



  • It has been written and developed by Fran Wisniewski and Betty Jo Hendrickson.
  • Has 120+ easy to use ideas/activities and includes some delicious recipes.
  • It's 16 pages long and printer friendly.
  • Is an Instant Digital Download: 1 PDF
  • Contains Family friendly activities.
  • Has a printable recipe and craft section.

I hope you'll take the time to check it out for the low price of $5.00!


Etsy: October Special Days Activity Calendar


Sample Pages:












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October Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

The following resources have been provided to help with the ideas and suggestions in the:

To purchase this 16 page ebook filled with 120+ great ideas that companion the days listed below, for $5, please use the following link: 

Etsy: October Special Day Activity Calendar

The following links will take you to a post on Funschooling and Recreational Learning, Still Learning Something New, or to another site. Each is noted.


Oct. 1 Model T Ford introduced 1908
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ford’s Model T


Oct. 2 Farm Animals Day


Oct. 3 SOS (distress code) established 1906
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: SOS


Oct. 4 Cinnamon Roll Day


Oct. 5 Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Robert Hutchings Goddard


Oct. 6 Mad Hatter Day
Alice In Wonderland: Mad Tea Party Ideas and Games


Oct. 7 Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Niels Bohrs


Oct. 8 Face Your Fears Day
How Stuff Works: Inside the Mind - How Fear Works


Oct. 9 Chess Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Chess


Oct. 10 Cake Decorating Day


Oct. 11 Apollo 7 Launched 1968
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apollo 7

Oct. 12
Cookbook Launch Day


Oct. 13 US Navy Established 1775
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: US Navy


Oct. 14 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Born 1890
Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents


Oct. 15 I Love Lucy Premier 1951
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: I Love Lucy


Oct. 16
Noah Webster born 1758/Dictionary Day/Learn A Word Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Words Within Words


Oct. 17 Author Arthur Miller born 1915
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Arthur Miller
Still Learning Something New: Salem Witch Trials


Oct. 18 Alternative Fuel Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Experiments You Can Do With The Sun
National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Learning About Renewable Energy

Oct. 19 Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ed Emberly


Oct. 20 Monster Mash Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Monster Mash
Still Learning Something New: Monsters!


Autumn Leaves
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Fall Leaves
Science Sparks: Autumn Science Activities


Oct. 21 Apple Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apple Research Project


Oct. 22 Daniel Boone born 1734
Still Learning Something New: Daniel Boone


Oct. 23 Mole Day
ACS: Chemistry for Life: Mole Day


Oct. 24 Food Day
PBS: Videos - What Do Animals Eat?
                        How Animals Use Their Senses to Find Food
                        How Plants Get Food
                     
Oct. 25 Magic Week begins
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page


Oct. 26 Red Cross Founded 1836


Oct. 27 Tell A Story Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Tell A Story


Oct. 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886
The Real Life (Youtube): Virtual Field Trip - Statue of Liberty


Oct. 29 Cat Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Domesticated Cats Resource Page


Oct. 30 Candy Corn Day
National Confectioners Association: Candy Corn History, How is Candy Corn Made, Fun Facts


Oct. 31 All Hollows Eve/Halloween
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Halloween & Pumpkins



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