Expect the Unexpected With Math

middle school student

Expect the Unexpected With Math

Age Group: Grades 6-8

The dynamic lessons and activities in the Expect the Unexpected With Math series use story lines that students find interesting to show them the fun and relevance of math. Motivate your students to achieve math success in the classroom and in real-world situations outside of school! Resource hosted by Scholastic.

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Supporting Common Core State and NCTM Standards, these lesson plans and printables (also usable with interactive whiteboards) provide real-world math for students to become successful in the classroom and beyond. Explore this resource at Scholastic.com.


Shake, Rattle & Roll

Students will learn and reinforce skills for creating and analyzing scatterplots and histograms, as well as use cost-benefit analysis to make predictions from data and use tree diagrams to understand outcomes of events. Resource hosted by Scholastic.


Setting the Stage with Geometry

Students will learn and reinforce skills for measuring perimeter and area of 2D shapes and measuring surface area and volume of 3D shapes. Resource hosted by Scholastic.

Financial Literacy

Plan, Save, Succeed

Students will understand how a budget is created and how it can support good financial decision-making.  Students will learn that mastery of fractions, decimals and percentages can help address real-world situations. Students will begin to consider the role that saving plays in financial planning. Resource hosted by Scholastic.


Bars, Lines, Pies

Students will learn and reinforce skills for creating, applying and analyzing pie charts, bar graphs and line graphs. Resource hosted by Scholastic.


Solving the Unknown with Algebra

Students will learn and reinforce skills for solving for unknowns, manipulating equations while keeping them in balance, using formulas to solve real-world challenges, and working with proportions, radicals and exponents. Resource hosted by Scholastic.


The Power of Probability

Students will learn and reinforce skills for strategies to identify favorable and total outcomes, calculating simple and compound probability, sampling and proportions and using probability concepts to solve real-world problems. Resource hosted by Scholastic.

Data & Statistics

Cultivating Data

Students will understand key concepts of data analysis and their graphic representations. Students will construct and interpret data tables, line plots, box-and-whisker plots and stem-and-leaf plots. Students will also construct scatterplots with line of best fit and outliers. Advanced students will calculate expected value. Resource hosted by Scholastic.


Exploring Expressions & Equations

Exploring Expressions and Equations is a tiered program promising to appeal to students’ love of adventure with explorations of Mars and a swim through the Amazon River! Teachers will enjoy the flexibility of the program, which focuses on variables and includes an advanced portion on scientific notation. Resource hosted by Scholastic.

Data & Statistics

Data Sampling

Data Sampling is a cutting-edge digital program designed to give students multiple opportunities to dig deeply into the mathematics and real-world purposes of representative sampling. Resource hosted by Scholastic.

Patterns & Functions

Designing RATIOnally

Designing RATIOnally is a suite of ratio materials designed to support students in grasping an understanding of ratio and proportional reasoning concepts while highlighting the value of math in real-world situations and careers. Resource hosted by Scholastic.

Fractions, Decimals & Percents

Conversions Rock!

Students will learn and reinforce skills for equivalent conversions of fractions, decimals and percents. Resource hosted by Scholastic.


Adventures in Expressions & Equations

Students will develop key skills in expressions and equations while learning the value of these concepts through the lens of adventure sports. Resource hosted by Scholastic.