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Teacher Guide for a "Unit of Practice" Project

Lowell, Ma. Middle School Math Challenge

By Linda Dano, Terry Watterson
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"Will you help us create and solve original real world math problems based on our rich history and cultural connections?"


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Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: Math
Secondary: Performing Arts, Economics, Business, Science, Reading, History/Social Science, English/Language Arts, Technology

Real World Math

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Time to Complete Project:
1 hour a day for 1 day each week for 3 weeks.
We entered The National Math Trail representing Lowell, Massachusetts for the first time in 2004. This international project encourages students to create, solve and share original word problems about their home communities. Our trail included highlights of Lowell's history, diverse culture, sports / recreational ties, and famous people. Links are updated regularly.