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Library Volume 2 – Available Now!

Real-World Math - Introducing Library Volume 2


We’re excited to announce that we’ve released MIRL Activity Library, Volume 2! This volume contains 110 math activities in 11 workbooks, helping you to answer your student’s question, “When am I ever going to use this?”

Blog readers – email us directly at “contact at makeitreallearning dot com” with a subject line of “Library Volume 2 – $10 discount” for a $10-off coupon for the new library. Offer ends April 30, 2012. Spread the word.

Standards Map

Library Volume 2.

Activity Library Volume 2 is nearly here! All of the new activities are mapped to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. As of March 2012, these learning standards had been adopted by 45 of the 50 states in the United States. We’ve uploaded a reference document which maps each of the new activities to the core standard by grade level. The new library will be available on our site soon. Very soon.

Library Volume 2 – Activity Map to Common Core Standards

Sneak Peek

Geometry 1

Coming soon!

We’re hard at work on our next product, Activity Library Vol. 2, and plan to deliver it this quarter. Stay tuned! For now, here’s a sneak peek of one of the workbook covers.

2012 TeamUp Presentation

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Free downloadable iPod activity

Make It Real Learning activity developer and award-winning author, Frank Wilson, will be part of an all-star lineup of authors and educators at the Cengage Learning TeamUP Faculty Programs Mathematics Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on Feb 10, 2012. Wilson’s workshop, entitledCaptivating Contexts for College Algebra, will feature intriguing real-world contexts that interest and engage students in learning. By creating mathematical models for real-world situations, students learn more than math: they learn about the world in which they live. Participants will receive an activities packet featuring fascinating contexts ranging from the Nintendo Wii to the Apple iPod. A copy of the presentation and packet may be freely downloaded.

Review on

Arithmetic activity cover photo.

Richele McFarlin at has posted a review of our Library.

Make It Real Learning is the most exciting thing to happen to math since the abacus. Make It Real Learning connects the textbook world of math to the physical world. The connection is priceless as you will not longer have to sit glazed eyed and listen to your child chant “This makes no sense. When will I ever use this? This makes no sense. When will I ever use this?” (read more…)

If you’re a blogger and are interested in reviewing our products, let us know. (blaine at makeitreallearning dot com)

Experience matters

Our visionary, Frank C. Wilson, has a line of math books published by Brooks Cole and available through

Experience matters: Years of classroom time, combined with years behind the author’s pen, merge to create an ideal environment for the birth of high-quality real-world math activities. See our full line of activities on our site.

If you have suggestions for materials that will meet your needs, feel free to contact us here.

Product Review!

The folks at Christian Perspective have just posted a review of the Make It Real Activity Library. Check-out their review of our real-world math activities here.

“The thing I loved about many of the scenarios is that, unlike a typical word problem, they really take the student into the scenario and let them experience the decision in a way few math books even approach. When used selectively, I can see them being wonderful ways to present math as a practical tool, especially in the high school years where textbooks focus more and more on abstract math.”

Bonus: The review contains a 10% coupon for our products, good to the end of April, 2011.

Real-world math workshops at Arizona State University

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Real-world math workshops at ASU

In a March 23 workshop for K-12 teachers sponsored by Arizona State University Math and Science Programs, Frank engaged teachers in a rich dialogue related to how to effectively teach the ratio and rate concepts identified in the Common Core Standards. The group used five real-world math contexts (gasoline cost, vanilla pudding recipe, dish detergent prices, world’s fastest runners, and Frosted Mini-Wheats nutrition content) to investigate the mathematical concepts. Additionally, participants reviewed activities from the Make It Real Learning Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II workbook. The final workshop in the four-workshop series will take place on April 6, 2011.

Contact us for more information about bringing real-world math workshops to you.