12 Ways to Use The Times to Develop Math Literacy

12 Ways to Use The Times to Develop Math Literacy

Here’s one example:

9. Understand Our World

How do economic factors like per-person G.D.P.unemployment and percentage of people living in poverty affect countries like Egypt and Libya? How do these countries compare to the United States in these categories?

Choose a country in the news and check out its vital statistics using The Times’s Countries and Territories index or the C.I.A. World Factbook. How do numbers like populationG.D.P.area and birthrate affect this country’s current position in the world? Find a country with similar vital statistics and compare them on the numbers. How are these countries similar? How are they different? What additional factors might explain the differences?

Or, take a deeper look at the numbers for the United States in our lesson about interpreting Census data.

20 Google Doc Templates for use in Science and Math Classrooms

20 Google Doc Templates for use in Science and Math Classrooms

I’ve listed a few examples below, but please click the above link for the full post with the complete list.



  • Math Content Vocabulary Cards – students complete these cards by providing symbols, definitions, math representations, and synonyms for math terms.
  • Math Quiz – generates problems automatically and you can even set the ranges of the numbers to generate in hidden fields (addition, subtraction, multiplication, operators, and facts.
  • Spreadsheets – a simple document to kick start your use of Google Docs in class.

General Math or Science:

Khan Academy

Khan Academy – utterly amazing:

“With over 1600 videos, it is easily the most exhaustive collection of instruction on the Internet allowing learners to know that they can fill in almost any of their “gaps” with the content on this site. The content is made in digestible 10-20 minute chunks especially purposed for viewing on the computer as opposed to being a longer video of a conventional “physical” lecture.”

“The Khan Academy is all about using video to explain the world, so what better way to explain the Khan Academy than through videos. If you watch four or five of the videos below, you should have a pretty good idea of how we got started and how we hope to empower everyone, everywhere with a free, world-class education.”

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Check it out here.