January 2013

In this issue:

Introducing Explorations: Our XL activity |
DISCOUNT! |
Win an Activity Library |
Free 3-D 2013 Calendars |
What's Math Got To Do With It? |
December's Winner |
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**Introducing Explorations - 2013 Super Bowl math activity!**

**Middle School - Common Core Standards Aligned - 18 pages - Teacher edition with worked-out solutions is included**

MIRL is helping students answer the "why" of mathematics through a collection of engaging real-world math activities that give you the tools to answer the question, "when am I ever going to use this?"

Explorations extend the standard MIRL two-page math activity into a much larger investigation of the mathematics of a real-world context. Explorations are ideally suited for group work, individual work, or even group competitions. This Exploration activity includes a student version of the activity as well as a teacher edition, complete with worked-out solutions and Common Core Standards mapping.

Explorations are intended to enhance, support, and be used alongside existing curricula. Explorations reinforce mathematical concepts learned prior to completing the activity.

The Super Bowl 2013 Exploration is focused on the following areas:

- Working with percents
- Making predictions
- Computing and interpreting percent increase
- Computing and using average (arithmetic mean)
- Observing and describing trends in data and graphs
- Creating and interpreting a graph
- Computing and interpreting unit rates
- Making estimates
- Converting units in the context of a word problem
- Communicating effectively using mathematical ideas
- Making viable arguments
- Modeling with mathematics

Included in this Exploration:

- Welcome and copyright
- Student edition of the 2013 Super Bowl Exploration activity. (18 pages)
- Teacher edition of the 2013 Super Bowl Exploration activity. (19 pages)
- Worked-out solutions. (Teacher edition only)
- Common Core Standards and Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices. (Teacher edition only)

A portable document file (PDF) detailing the Common Core Standards alignment is available here.

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