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Each easy-to-implement project includes background information for the teacher, project goals, math skills needed, a student guide with tips and strategies, and reproducible worksheets. Projects are designed to help students meet the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Focal Points, and chapters are organized to show how math relates to language, arts, science, etc.--demonstrating the importance of math in all areas of real life.

In Part I, Chapter 1 offers an overview of how to incorporate math projects in the classroom. Chapter 2 provides a variety of classroom management suggestions, as well as teaching tips, and Chapter 3 offers ways teachers may evaluate project work. Each chapter also contains several reproducibles that are designed to help students master the procedural skills necessary for effective collaboration while working on projects.

Part II, "The Projects," is divided into six separate sections:

Section 1. Math and Science

Section 2. Math and Social Studies

Section 3. Math and Language

Section 4. Math and Art and Music

Section 5. Math and Fun and Recreation

Section 6. Math and Life Skills


From the Back Cover

Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications, Grades 3-5

How many times have you heard your students complain, "What's the point of all this math? I'm never going to have to use it in real life." The materials in this book will answer that complaint and demonstrate the usefulness of mathematics in their world. The projects in this book will help students hone their critical-thinking skills while they apply basic math skills to everyday situations.

The easy-to-implement projects are divided into six categories:

  • Math and Science
  • Math and Social Studies
  • Math and Language Arts
  • Math and Art
  • Math and Recreation
  • Math and Life Skills

Each project includes instructions for the teacher, project goals, a student guide, and reproducible worksheets. The projects can stand alone, can be used with students of various grade levels and abilities, and are designed to support the Standards and Focal Points of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The authors also offer methods for seamlessly incorporating math projects into the classroom and provide a variety of proven classroom management suggestions and teaching tips as well as strategies for evaluating students' work.

Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications, Grades 3-5 will help you instill a genuine appreciation for mathematics in your students.


"This book is an excellent resource that supports the national math standards by connecting real life experiences to math. Teachers who use this book's activities will strengthen their students' math understanding as the children complete enjoyable, cooperative, and meaningful projects."
—CELESTE DEGER, elementary school math specialist, East Brunswick Public Schools, New Jersey

About the Author


JUDITH A. MUSCHLA taught mathematics in South River, New Jersey for over twenty-five years. She was a recipient of the 1990–1991 Governor's Teacher Recognition Program award in New Jersey and was named 2002 South River Public School Teacher of the Year.

GARY ROBERT MUSCHLA, a prolific author and classroom teacher, taught math, reading, and writing for more than twenty-five years in Spotswood, New Jersey.

Judith and Gary Muschla have coauthored many bestselling math books including Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications, Grades 6-12, Second Edition; The Math Teacher's Book of Lists, Second Edition; The Math Teacher's Problem-a-Day; and Math Starters!

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470261986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470261989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches

Hands-On Math Projects with Real-Life Applications, Grades 3-5