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Perimeter     February 7th, 2014 07:34 PM
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
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Probability     February 7th, 2014 07:06 PM
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
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Writing Mathematical Ratios     February 7th, 2014 06:24 PM
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
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Order of Operations     January 28th, 2014 07:09 PM
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
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Enjoy Making Bar Graphs     November 13th, 2013 06:20 PM
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
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Teaching Functions and Addends with Fun Machines!     August 10th, 2013 12:10 PM
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
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Learning Measurement in Elementary Math     July 28th, 2013 12:00 PM
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
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Developing Number Theory and Fraction Concepts     July 17th, 2013 05:42 PM
Many students can begin to feel challenged in math in middle school. Students who have been good at, and have even enjoyed, math suddenly look to their teachers, friends or parents for assistance. Why does this happen? If you look at the concepts that are significant in middle school grades (fractions, decimals and integers), you... Read More
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Problem Solving Activity     June 17th, 2013 12:00 PM
Too often, we rely on worksheets to help our students learn. Students need to be active participants in their learning. They need to explore, communicate and problem solve. Here is a fun activity appropriate for second and third graders to complete during your measurement unit. Not only does it help them practice measurement skills (weighing... Read More
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Patterning for Algebra     June 12th, 2013 12:00 PM
Algebra used to be viewed as a class for high school students. We know realize the importance of introducing algebraic thinking early in education. Identifying and studying patterns is a significant concept to help the youngest learners develop and enhance algebraic thinking. Creating, completing, identifying and describing patterns help students expand their mathematical mind. Here... Read More
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Teaching Tip!

Small dry erase boards (or white boards from your local home supply store cut into squares) and dry erase markers are great tools when teaching math. You write a problem out on the board and have all of your students copy it down and work it out. The first one that lifts their board in the air with the correct answer wins a treat. (Tip: Maybe set a time limit for each problem)

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