In advance, find nine numerical figures in an issue of News for You, and prepare clues that would help students figure out which story each figure comes from.
In class, after the students have read that issue of News for You, write the nine figures on the board. Distribute a blank, nine-square grid to each student and have then write the nine figures on their grid, in any order.
Give the students the clues, and have them cross out the correct numerical answer on the grid. Whoever gets three in a row first is the winner.
Check the answers for accuracy, then hand out copies of News for You and find the stories associated with the numbers.
Connecting students to math problems in real-time shows them how useful math can be in the real world and with every day useful activities. Here is an example of the results from a News for You poll and how you can use them to teach these math concepts.
Number Line: students can place these numbers on a number line. The numbers can include the total votes (56), along with the total “Yes” votes (19) and the total “No” votes (37).
Addition: Students work to see how many votes in total were can by adding the Yes (19) and No (37) votes together. Mental math can also be used with this example. Students can be asked to make a mental calculation. By breaking the problem down to show that there are nearly 20 Yes votes and nearly 40 No votes, students can understand that the answer must be less than 60 total votes.
Subtraction: By using the weekly poll as a formula, students can learn subtraction. By taking the total number of votes 56 and subtracting either 19 or 37 from that number, they can check to make sure the total is correct.
Fractions: Fractions can easily be taught each week using the News for You Poll. Using the same poll, these figures can be turned into fractions, and
Decimals: Using the above fractions, students can work to turn these into decimals: .339 and .667.
Percents: Students could also use the same numbers above and turn them into percents (33.9% and 66.07%).
Ratios: Teaching ratios is a great way to help students make representations and comparisons. Using the same poll, students can estimate ratios for the Yes votes as 1:3, while the No votes are 2:3.