Using the Stock Market for Relevance in Teaching Number Sense

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  • 1 Instruction and Technology in Education at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • 2 U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C.

Linking Mathematics and Money connects with the everyday lives of middle school students. Some students in this age group are beginning to learn the value of money and may have a work permit to earn wages on a part-time basis. The purpose of this article is to address the use of Standards-based problem solving within the context of economic situations that provide relevance for middle school students. Monetary transactions can be used as a basis for learning number sense and more complex mathematics.


JACQUELINE LEONARD encourages the use of real-world examples to teach middle school students important mathematics concepts

LOUISE CAMPBELL works with Hart Middle School in Washington D.C., which is the adopted community school of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School


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