Free, Real World Math Resources

When do we use math in the real world? Here are some links that can answer that question and inspire children to see beyond the calculations and discover the joys of applying math skills to everyday problems.

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PBS Learning Media

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Math Apprentice

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Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science provides a list of internet-based collaborative projects. (K-12)

Real world mathematical equations and formulas on Slideshare

Lesson Worth Sharing from TEDEd, Math in Real Life

Real World Math Problems in video

Offline  and  Hands on Activities

Graphing Real World Math

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Lemonade Stand

Yummy Math

Real World Applications

Calculating a Car Payment

Real World Math Applications of Arithmetic -Hands on Projects

Real World Math Lesson Plans from

Unschool Rules Lessons on real world math


Illuminations has lessons and interactives for all grade levels.

Full Course or Curricula

Data Analysis Curricula (including Algebra), International Boiling Point Project,  Population Growth Project, and Human Genetics

Geometry Curricula-The Noon Day Project

Numbers and Operations Curricula- Down the Drain Project

Trigonometry Curricula-Navigational Vectors

Foundations of Real World Math at Saylor Academy

Real World Math at Saylor Academy

Ponders the Question, “Why do we use Math?”


Mathematical Moments

We Use Math

Math in Daily Life

NASA’s Practical Uses of Math and Science

Connecting Math to Real Life and other related videos

The Teaching Channel’s  Make it Real: Connecting Math to Real Life, real world math examples.

Videos from the Future’s Channel

See how professionals use math on Get the Math videos and challenges.

Engineering and  Design

Math By Design, a design course that includes interactives focusing on building measurement and geometry skills

Engineering Everywhere is a free engineering curriculum fro middle-schoolers with download able units.

Architect Studio 3D lets you enter the virtual world of building with this 3D game download, available for Windows or MAC.

Math in the Airairport-178199_1280

Line up With Math and Fly by Math are NASA created units that help students apply math to decisions in air traffic control situations.


Free Time Resources on Pinterest


Money Math: Lessons for Life

Economics lectures and articles from FEE

Economics articles and videos from Mises

High School Financial Literacy

Money Skill, an interactive personal finance course for high school and college students

The Mint

Hands On Banking from kids to seniors

Online Personal Finance Game

Consumer Math Worksheets for Middle School

Practical Money Skills, materials to order or download.

Elementary economics Lessons for Children from the Money Instructorberlin-507408_1280

Center for Economic Education provides printable economics lesson plans for all grade levels.

Free Money Resources on Pinterest

Easy Lessons on Money Matters

Internet 4 Classrooms
This website aligns itself with Common core, however many of the sites it links to are not aligned.  Some of the links listed here include an entire page of real-world math practice, while others have them scattered throughout the page based on standards listed. You can use the search feature to search for “real world” to find them quickly.

Measurement Skills (4th grade)

Recognize Angle…(4th grade)

Real World Division (5th grade)

Measurement Skills (5th grade)

Real World Data (6th grade)

Measurement Skills (6th grade)

Data Analysis and Probability Skills (6th grade)

Real World Linear (7th grade)

Data Analysis and Probability Skills (7th grade)

Interactive Math Skill Builders, Real World Problems (8th grade)

Real World Problems (8th grade)

Symbolic Algebra (8th grade)

Apply the Pythagorean Theorem (8th grade)

Mathematical Processes (Algebra 1)

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