Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Life in Numbers

Here's an idea for getting your math year off to a great start...

When I posted about Math Journals & Notebooks, I mentioned that I loved the idea of having children make covers relating math to themselves as Courtney shares at A Middle School Survival Guide. Ideally, I'd begin the lesson by reading aloud a book that relates math to everyday life. (I mention several suggestions here.)

When I first considered what might go on a cover, I didn't have a lot of ideas. I just thought about # of siblings or children, year of birth or age, height or weight, etc. But the more I considered, the more ideas multiplied! I'd definitely want to do this as a brainstorming activity with students rather than giving them a list. See what your collective brain energy can come up with! How is math related to our daily life? Here are some of the things we thought of:
  • time you wake up/go to sleep
  • # of favorite ____________ (sports, colors, hobbies)
  • # of years _____________ (teaching, being a student, playing an instrument or sport)
  • time each day that you ___________ (exercise, go to school, watch tv, read, play video games)
  • # of _____________ that you own (pets, video games, books)
  • # of years until you (finish school, turn 21, want to get married or have kids)
  • cost of your favorite (restaurant meal, soda, candy bar)
  • amount you spent per week on (lunch, snacks, coffee)
The possibilities are endless!

A follow-up post will show you how to turn this into a problem solving activity!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Math Calendar Notebook Pages - free & awesome!

Don't miss these free Calendar Notebook Binder Printables from Homeschool Creations! They are gorgeous, kid-friendly, and packed with great mathematical explorations. They could be used in a home or school setting. Jolanthe includes both a textual and a video description of how they can be used.

Thank you for offering this, Jolanthe!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Math Monday Blog Hop #64 (Aug. 21, 2012)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Free Math Strategy Posters

If you're looking for some math strategy posters to use in your classroom (home or school!) check out these Math Learning Center freebies:

Addition/Subtraction Strategy Posters
Multiplication/Division Strategy Posters
Multi-Digit Multiplication Strategy Posters

Monday, August 6, 2012

Math Monday Blog Hop #63 (August 6, 2012)

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Online Math Dictionary for Kids

Need some online references for math terminology? These may be of use at school and at home:

A Maths Dictionary for Kids-- "animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language." Kid-friendly.

iCoach Math Dictionary --comprehensive list of terms with definitions and visual representations.

Math Glossary of Terms --one page list of terms and definitions.

Harcourt Math Glossary--definitions with visual representations organized by the grade level in which the term is likely to appear. Includes sound option.
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