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Changing the Equation: After-School Math Curriculum

Math lessons and activities for educators and out of school support individuals.

Math is key to doing well academically, graduating from college, and having strong career opportunities.​ ​But ​for ​​many people​,​ ​math is not ​a fun, creative ​endeavor nor is it something ​they ​easily ​relate to​ in everyday life​. That’s why we created Changing the Equation: After-School Math Curriculum​, ​which offers ​shor​t,​ ​easy-to-follow, after-school activities that support and enhance math learning by offering math activities in a real-world context. It also includes highlights of math’s vital role in careers. These math lessons and activities are designed for educators in and out of school, home school providers, and more.

The Changing the Equation: After-School Math Curriculum​ follow​s​ ​math as it applies to ​​four ​fun themes: ​​music, art, jumping, and the built environment. ​These ​four sets of math lessons present math a little differently, so you and your students can learn math while jumping rope, making a kaleidoscope, designing a community, and much more. ​Each lesson contains an introduction, materials list, activity plans, discussion prompts, and facilitation ideas. Be sure to view our detailed ‘how-to” videos to help you prepare for and carry out the activities. Each curriculum also includes spotlights on employees from Sandia National Laboratories who rely on math in their careers​.

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The Changing the Equation: After-School Math Curricula includes four different sets of themed math lessons. Each lesson contains an introduction, materials list, activity plans, discussion prompts, and facilitation ideas. Be sure to check out our detailed “how to” videos, to help guide your instruction and use of each math lesson.

Art Math

Explore tessellations and fractals.
Build a kaleidoscope.

The Built Environment Math

Learn about measurement, proportion, and
scale. Design your ideal community!

Jump Up for Math

Investigate the math in jumping rope.
Compare powerful animal jumpers!

Music Math

Learn the difference between rhythm and beat.
Design your own musical patterns.

Career Spotlight Interviews

Help your students get more from your math lessons.

  • Give students opportunities to share their ideas with you and with each other.
  • Make sure to introduce each Learning happens best when learners know what’s coming up and why it matters to them.
  • Ask open-ended questions, rather than those that have a “yes” or “no” answer.
  • Ask questions that inspire the learner to thoughtfully analyze a situation and consider consequences, such as, “What do you think will happen if you do this?”
  • Give the learner time to answer the Ask the question, then wait. A while. Trust us: thoughtful answers take time.
  • When a learner tells you what they think, respond by repeating and paraphrasing what they have said without.
  • Don’t give too much praise or reject Telling a learner they are right or wrong can discourage them from generating additional ideas or pursuing deeper exploration.

Funding provided by

sandia national laboratories

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