Daily Living Math Examples
Here are some daily living math skills examples to try with your own students:
Recipes - these can be used for lessons on weights and measures, comparison of materials, learning about the different types of measuring systems used in other countries, revision of fractions and conversion of fractions to decimals, learning about different methods for measuring temperature, making predictions and estimations, collating and organizing materials into a recipe book for the class, using tools and equipment to complete mathematical tasks and for using formulas for calculating the food and beverage quantities needed for a particular number of party guests.
Shopping - collect brochures or go online to look at sales or promotional material for various products appropriate for teenagers, such as clothing, surfer, computer games, video games, I-pods, music DVDs and so on. Learn about the effect of discounting and how to calculate a discount applied to a whole or fractional number, as well as how to budget for desired items, how to walk away and think about a purchase, and what impact credit card use will have on the total cost of a purchase. These tasks could be extended into online research into consumer protection agencies and their importance for young people.
Cooking - try scaffolding a cooking lesson so that more highly enumerate students perform calculations and measurements while those who need more practice help select the correct measuring tools (cups, spoons, etc.) and read the quantities in the recipe.
Chat with your special needs learners about daily living math lesson plans that they would like to cover in class - after all, it's their learning! Look for math resources which are based around life skills and provide opportunities for math practice in practical areas of daily living.