• Basic Algebra Practice Test Questions

    Basic Algebra Practice Test Questions

    Basic Algebra questions are common on most College Entrance exams, High School exams, Nursing Entrance Exams and High School Equivalence exams.

    Jan 29, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Heart Math

    Heart Math

    What colors of candy are more popular in a typical bag of Valentine Hearts?  World over, kids pretty much enjoy receiving and giving Valentines to their friends on Valentine’s Day.  This year, make it a math learning experience, so the fun is included in the work. Here is a Fun Idea for making it a… Read More

    Feb 10, 2011 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Decimal Activities

    Decimal Activities

    Even kids use decimals almost everyday without even realizing it. They speak of dollars and cents in everyday conversation, and are using one of the applications of decimals. Yet for some reason, this remains one area of math that elementary students find intimidating. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are several creative methods… Read More

    Oct 26, 2010 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Teaching Through Natural Inspiration

    Teaching Through Natural Inspiration

    teaching article about pedagogy methods of teaching elementary math through inspiration

    Mar 29, 2010 | 3 comments | View Post

Math and The Chromatic Scale: Loving Music, Loving Math

Math and The Chromatic Scale: Loving Music, Loving Math

Harmony occurs in music when two pitches vibrate at frequencies in small integer ratios.  Long ago, Greek people realized the concept of harmony occurred when sounds and frequencies are in rational proportion. i.e., One Octave is equal to when the frequency is doubled, and a tripling of frequency brings the key One Octave higher, and… Read More

Golden Mean Ratio: Egyptian Sculpture

Golden Mean Ratio: Egyptian Sculpture

Math in Ancient Sculpture is one of the most interesting and intriguing applications of mathematics, both formula equation and geometric structure.  This article examines the Golden Mean Ratio and Fibonacci   Sequence found in the Bust of Nefertiti in Egypt in the early 1900′s. Nefertiti literally, means, “the beautiful one has come”, and is the 14th-century BC Great… Read More

Torus Math - The Doughnut

Torus Math – The Doughnut

Welcome Back to Math Class!  We trust all had a wonder-filled summer filled with fun spherical geometric shapes and bursting color!  Our Back-to-school math topic this autumn is about the math magic of the Torus. A torus is: the area and volume of, basically, a doughnut shape, shown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Torus.png The author of harmonic resolution; The… Read More

Perimeter

Perimeter

The perimeter of a shape is the distance around the sides of the shape. Calculating and distinguishing characteristics of shapes is an important concept in Geometry. Elementary school students should be familiar with both 2-D (square, triangle, rectangle, circle) and 3-D shapes (cube, sphere, cylinder, pyramid, cone). Kindergarteners and first graders should be able to… Read More

Probability

Probability

What are the chances that you can flip heads or tails? Probability can be a fun guessing game and is an interactive Math concept that can be simple to introduce to elementary school students. Probability can tell you how likely or unlikely an outcome is, which can give you mathematical information to help you make… Read More

Writing Mathematical Ratios

Writing Mathematical Ratios

Comparing numbers and quantities can be an advanced component of teaching Math, but can also be easily introduced to younger students in first or second grade. In Math, it is important to provide all students with mathematical vocabulary, like ratio or proportion. (Dice; downloaded Feb. 7, 2014; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:6sided_dice.jpg)  A ratio is nothing more than a… Read More

Order of Operations

Order of Operations

Math is like a special type of language that has rules that must be followed. Understanding that the order of numbers and how they are combined is an important concept that elementary school students must master. Just as in everyday activities, like getting dressed, cooking, reading, the order of the steps matter. We would not… Read More

Enjoy Making Bar Graphs

Enjoy Making Bar Graphs

Using graphs to represent data is an important feature of teaching math to elementary school students. Graphs come in many different shapes and sizes and can convey numerous types of information. As students progress through Math, they will encounter graphs in increasing complexity and will be asked to interpret data from graphs, draw conclusions from… Read More

Teaching Functions and Addends with Fun Machines!

Teaching Functions and Addends with Fun Machines!

This activity may be the most enjoyable way to introduce and practice functions. It can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of grade levels. Preparation: You will need a large box (large enough for a student to sit inside of it). Most appliance stores or big box stores will be happy to… Read More

Learning Measurement in Elementary Math

Learning Measurement in Elementary Math

Are you finished administering the same old paper and pencil tests to your students? Instead, why don’t you allow you students to demonstrate what they have learned? Here is a great way to assess your students’ learning with measurement units, using performance assessment. We find that it is easiest to set the desks up in… Read More