REAL WORLD INVESTIGATIONS

A Real World Investigation (“RWI”) from Conceptua Math is a powerful and engaging learning experience where students learn about the mathematics in “their world”.

These activities consist of 3 parts, each requiring a more in-depth application of learning as students move from analysis of provided data to integration of their own data from the real world.

PART 1
Students learn to analyze data provided for them.
PART 2
Some data is provided, and the students add some of their own content.
PART 3
Students analyze data from their own lives, imaginations, and research.

Check out some of the RWIs within Conceptua Math’s curriculum and see how your students can incorporate their real life surroundings into their math learning process.

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ALLEAH'S SCHOOL
Students analyze various school settings and then use fractions to describe characteristics they want to communicate.

3rd Grade Unit: Understanding Fractions
Standards: 3.NF.1, 3.NF.3, 4.NF.2

PART 1 - Alleah's School: Alleah's Data
PART 2 - Alleah's School: Create Some Data
PART 3 - Alleah's School: Your Data

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COLLEEN'S CALORIE COUNT
Students create meal plans for their daily meals and then estimate the total calories for each meal by rounding and adding.

3rd Grade Unit: Place Value
Standards: 3.NBT.A.1, 3.NBT.A.2, 3.NBT.A.3

PART 1 - Colleen's Calorie Count: Colleen's Data

PART 2 - Colleen's Calorie Count: Create Some Data

PART 3 - Colleen's Calorie Count: Your Data
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SONYA'S SAVINGS PLAN
Students create a savings plan and use patterns of 10 to decide if it’s best to save for days, weeks, months, or years.

4th Grade Unit: Numbers & Operations
Standards: 4.NBT.A.1, 4.NBT.A.2, 4.NBT.A.3

PART 1 - Sonya's Savings Plan: Sonya's Data

PART 2 - Sonya's Savings Plan: Create Some Data

PART 3 - Sonya's Savings Plan: Your Data
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SHAWN'S SWING SET
Students plan to build a swing set for their school. They add and subtract mixed numbers to determine how much of each item is needed for the swing set.

4th Grade Unit: Adding/Subtracting Fractions Across One Whole
Standards: 4.NF.3

PART 1 - Shawn's Swing Set: Shawn's Data
PART 2 - Shawn's Swing Set: Create Some Data
PART 3 - Shawn's Swing Set: Your Data

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SOUTH SHORE RUNNING CLUB
Students determine goals for an after school running club by adding and subtracting mixed numbers to determine running distances.

5th Grade Unit: Adding/Subtracting Improper Fractions/Mixed Numbers with Uncommon Denominators
Standards: 5.NF.1, 5.NF.2

PART 1 - S. Shore Running Club: South Shore's Data
PART 2 - S. Shore Running Club: Create Some Data
PART 3 - S. Shore Running Club: Your Data
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SARAH'S SMOOTHIES
Students decide how much fruit and vegetables are needed for smoothies by multiplying decimals to determine how much of each ingredient to purchase.

5th Grade Unit: Multiplication and Decimals
Standards: 5.NBT.A.1, 5.NBT.A.2, 5.NBT.B.5, 5.NBT.B.7

PART 1 - Sarah's Smoothies: Sarah's Data
PART 2 - Sarah's Smoothies: Create Some Data
PART 3 - Sarah's Smoothies: Your Data