Making Math Matter:
Inquiry-based activities that connect math to real life for K–8 students


Inquiry-based learning builds students’ mathematical confidence, increases their engagement in learning, and helps them develop the skills needed to solve math problems they will encounter in their classrooms and the real world.

This collection of activities is a great way to introduce inquiry-based learning and get students excited about and exploring the mathematical world around them. The eBook also includes professional learning resources to help educators feel more comfortable and confident leading inquiry-based lessons.

Activities include:

  • Numbers in transportation
  • How tall is that tree?
  • Design a zoo
  • Playground math
  • Quadrilaterals are everywhere
  • Boxes and balls
  • Sweet tooth challenge
  • A feast fit for a king