## 7 Ways to Connect Math to Current Events

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 10/28/2022 to
6-8 Math Practices

Current events can be springboards for math questions.

Was there a significant weather event? Was there an election? Who won a sports game? Did anyone set a record or win a prize? Students are more engaged with math when it is related to a real event or a specific person or group.

The ideas in this post can be adapted for almost any event. We'll take a look 7 general ways to connect an event to math, and look at specific examples and questions.

1. Date or Time of Event2. Age of a Person Involved3. Location or Distance4. Travel Time5. Attendance or Population6. Additive Comparison to Related Data7. Multiplicative Comparison to Related Data

## Make a Boxy Snowman

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 1/27/2019 to
K-5 Measurement

Instead of making a snowman from three balls of snow, use bins or boxes instead. Then find the volume.

## Name that Point

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 5/30/2018 to
K-5 Fractions

Why are fractions on the number line often difficult? Students must understand three essential concepts.

## Generalizing Area of Polygons

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 4/2/2018 to
6-8 Geometry

Why are there so many different formulas for area? You can help students by focusing on a general formula.

## Area of Circles and Ellipses

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 3/12/2018 to
6-8 Geometry

A ratio can help you find the area of any circle or ellipse.

## Studying Snow Density

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 2/13/2018 to
6-8 Ratios & Proportions

Snow can be an inspiration for a math activity on a snowy day.

## Explain Your Thinking

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 1/17/2018 to
K-5 Math Habits

Are you giving kids lots of opportunities to explain math to each other?