How to Teach Elementary Math Through Real World Data

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Teaching elementary math through real world data will use topics like adding, subtracting and division. Teach elementary math through real world data with help from an experienced mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Marija. And today, I'm going to teach you how to teach elementary math through real world data. So, some elementary math topics are adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing and fraction are very important. So, I think the easiest way to teach adding and subtracting the real world data is through bank accounts. So, teaching children that adding is depositing money, and that subtracting is withdrawing. So, you can always do problems and projects that involve telling the children how much money was deposited, how much was withdrawn. And then, seeing if they know when they have to add, when they have to subtract and what the account balance is. As far as using real world data to show multiplication and division. I would use something like money per hour that you get paid. So, let's we know that someone gets paid 10 dollars per hour. We can easily teach children that per means multiplication. And then, if they know that someone worked five hours, they can easily found out that they got paid 50 dollars. So, that's a great way to apply multiplication in the real world. Fractions are easily applied if you do surveys in the classrooms and you show them what a ratio is. So, if there's 20 students in the class, I need to do a survey of how many of those students have a pet. And let's say, 15 of them have a pet, that's 15 out of 20. So, if you do repeated surveys, and the students keep seeing the number on top, the numerator is the part and the bottom is the whole. They should learn that pretty quickly, if you do some hands on surveys within the classroom. So, those are three different ways to teach elementary math through real world data.


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