# Math Taboo

Fawn Nguyen, a creative and inspiring teacher, had a great idea for Math Taboo on her blog. What a great way to teach math vocabulary with a fun diversion. Check it out!

# Be inspired in three minutes and forty seconds

Viewing this video was three minutes and forty seconds of my life that was well-spent… I came away inspired, wanting to be better.

# Excellent free resource: Online Graphing Calculator

Desmos has a free online graphing calculator available here. https://www.desmos.com/

# New line of real-world activities: eXpLorations!

Welcome to eXpLorations! (A super-sized real-world math activity.)

MIRL is helping students answer the “why” of mathematics through a collection of engaging real-world math activities that give you the tools to answer the question, “when am I ever going to use this?”

eXpLorations extend the standard MIRL two-page math activity into a much larger investigation of the mathematics of a real-world context. eXpLorations are ideally suited for group work, individual work, or even group competitions.

This activity includes a student version of the activity as well as a teacher edition, complete with worked-out solutions and Common Core Standards mapping.

eXpLorations are intended to enhance, support, and be used alongside existing curricula. eXpLorations reinforce mathematical concepts learned prior to completing the activity.

We’ve recently posted two eXpLoration activities. Check them out here:

# February 2013 Real-News just posted

Our February Newsletter, Real-News, has just been posted, including the following:

- discount coupon

- chance to win an activity

- free learning activity

- and more!

Check it out! http://www.makeitreallearning.com/newsletter02_2013.htm

# Clatter, Chatter, and Things that Matter: Blogger review

Heidi at Clatter, Chatter, and Things that Matter just posted a review of Activity Library Volume 2. Check it out!

Here’s a snippet: “I always try to make math real for our kids as we live life, while we do home projects, bake and shop, or pay bills. However, I can’t always seamlessly align our experiences with what my kids happen to be learning in their math curriculum. With these activities targeting specific concepts, I think we’ll get plenty of use of this quick resource the next time my kids sigh and whine, “Why do I need to know this?” I’m looking forward to continuing to use this resource.”

# New Activity Posted! Super Bowl 2013 math exploration!

We’ve created an extra-large version of one of our real-world math activities (18 pages rather than two) as an in-depth mathematical exploration for Middle Schoolers. Your students will love it! Check it out.

- Common Core Standards aligned

- Teacher’s edition with worked-out solutions

- Lots of fun!

# New review

The kind folks at Christian Perspective just posted an updated review for the Make It Real Learning Activity Library, volume 2!

http://www.christianperspective.net/blog/concepts/geometry/make-it-real-learning-activity-library/

# 50% off Thanksgiving sale

Our way of saying thanks.

We’re thankful for our customers. In honor of the U.S.A. holiday of Thanksgiving, enjoy a 50% discount (four days only) on any of our real-world math activities. November 23-26, 2012.