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Gratitude for Teachers: Goals of Teaching Elementary Math

Giving teachers a heads up Thank You is something that happens usually once or twice a year – maybe Valentine’s Day, Christmas time…we often wonder if parents and kids truly realize the giving that teachers do in their daily classroom lives – so we want to say Thank You!

Making the task of teaching elementary math a little easier on the shoulders of the teachers, here is a checklist of goals for the year, to check off through the year, and give yourself a pat on the back for all of your teaching efforts and successes.  Given all that teachers do in the run of a teaching day, month, term and year, saying thank you is the least any of us can do.

Real-World Activities for Teaching Fractions

For many elementary age children, fractions seem like a foreign language that they likely may never use in real life.  To challenge this thinking, we can use real-world activities that illustrate just how fractions help their parents, and how they will help them as they grow up.

  • Teach them to use the ruler. Rulers are really handy for teaching real-world applications for fractions.  Most of them are already divided into halves, fourths, eighths, even sixteenths.  It’s easy to show them that two halves are the same as one. . . that two fourths are the same as one half, and four fourths are the same as one, and so on.
  • Teach them to use measuring cups and spoons.  Bring lots of these dishes to class and give one measuring spoon and cup to each child.  Ask them to pour one cup of water into a tall glass. Now take guesses from the students:  How many half cups do they think it takes to fill a cup? How many quarter cups will it take?  How

A Quick & Easy Fraction Plan

For some reason, fractions seem to have a reputation for being a lot harder to learn (and teach) than they really are.  They can actually be fun and simple to master, as long as you have a simple plan for teaching them.  Here’s a strategy you could use:

  1. First, remember that the right time to start teaching fractions is right after the children have a good understanding of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  Then begin with very basic, simple fractions for each operation.

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 of teaching about tenths and hundredths that your learners will find simple and actually enjoy.

1) Kids seem to have trouble saying decimals correctly. The Human Decimal Machine is a way of helping them. On pieces of construction paper, write the digits 0 through 9, and another one with a decimal point, and give one to each

Send Your Classroom to Space!

Fun school activities are always music to a teacher’s ears.  Whether you are an Elementary, Middle, or High school teacher this event is sure to excite your students.  Classroom activities such as this one can be incorporated into any subject related to space and its fun for any age.

Our solar system, sometimes just earth, can be a complicated subject area for students to comprehend. However by providing these children with an inspirational and educational learning experience, in which they will never forget, may spark their interest in this subject.  Still one of the most popular things kids’ claim they want to be when they grow up is an Astronaut.

On April 25th, 2011 Photos To Space is launching a rocket into space to honor the 50th anniversary of Man’s First Space Flight.  The following year we will have another mission to space to honor the 50th anniversary of America’s First Space Flight.  To show your appreciation toward space flight, send a photo of your students to space!

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Distance Education: Not Just for Older Adults

Some people tend to think of distance learning as something people do later in their lives, when circumstances prevent their going to a physical university.  And while online education is great for these  people, there are many situations in which a normal college-aged person  might prefer to choose an online school.

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