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You may want to use a Real World Math activity at the logical spot in your curriculum but I would often slide something in out of sequence. Instead of running the gauntlet through several chapters on fractions, why not introduce an exploratory activity or take time to incorporate some project-based lessons. Of course, prerequisite skills are an important factor to consider, but I think students would appreciate a change of pace. Studying mathematics doesn't always have to be done in a linear fashion.
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