If you are not familiar with Carol Hurst, her books, and her ways of integrating all sorts of content with literature, this will be a good introduction for you. In this article she offers examples of many songs, poems, and folk tales that use numbers, and gives lots of ideas on how to use the songs in math instruction. How many family members did the Farmer in the Dell have in his family? Her ideas for combining different folk tales to make up addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication problems will keep you searching for new ways to entertain your students while they are learning basic math. - Tech and Learning
Baseball season is here! Use this interactive baseball game to keep your multiplication skills in tact for the upcoming school year. With this high level energy game you can hit a single, double, or home run based on your knowledge of multiplication. The game automatically keeps track of your runs, strikes, and outs. The visitors start out with five runs, which prompts you to get moving and make a score quickly. When you get three outs, the game is over, so see how long you can keep playing before you have to take your bat and go home. Don’t be afraid to try for a home run!
This site from Cynthia Lanius of the Rice University Mathematics Department provides an exponential fantasy math lesson. A mysterious man, who reassembles Bill Gates, offers an exceptional mathematical wonder in which the partaker will be offered riches beyond belief. The individual must chose which form he will be compensated. Included are teachers' notes, links to exponentials on the Web and more.
If you need a little visualization help with fractions, percentages, and decimals this fraction wall may be the answer. It can be used for elementary and middle school students due to its very simple depiction of fractions, or a very detailed look at decimals. You can change the wall around depending on your need of the day. Why not express numbers as mixed fractions, primes, 2s or 3s, or the lowest common denominator? In addition, there is a way to make the wall a more advanced challenge. This wall allows so many visual math changes that you will be studying that it will be added to your bookmark list of great math sites.
Teaching children to save can actually inspire a good time if you use the Piggy Bank Primer. Take this worksheet, run it off and show kids various ways to save and budget. Wonderful packet for elementary school students or your own online learner at home. You'll find many definitions of words used for understanding the concepts of economics. An added plus are lots of activities, stories, and work sheets that help users figure out how to make “wants” attainable.
Rene´ Decartes is the father behind his offspring, the coordinate system, useful in algebra and geometry. If coordinates are just not making useful sense to you in class, try out this instructive tutorial that shows you how to coordinate geometry's lines and points. This four-step lesson first introduces you to the apocryphal story of how Descartes came up with his idea. The second step shows how to place coordinates on a grid, and how to write an ordered pair. Once the foundation is laid, you practice with some problems, and finally you'll be able to see how you really score on a brief test. Included are the vocabulary words that you'll need to understand the concept and share in your next upcoming class.
This game helps build memory skills by exercising that part of your brain that requires concentration and attention to detail. Think of it as a muscle and by picking incorrect numbers you will strengthen the possibility of picking the correct one. You have choices of choosing numbers between 1 and 10, 1 and 100, and -1000 and 1000. As you guess, a chart shows whether your guess is too high or too low. By knowing that, you can focus in on the correct number. The catch is that you have only a certain number of guesses. If you choose to play the hard way, you’ll find out if your guesses are too high or too low, but you’ll have to remember what numbers you've picked.
What a great online subtraction game! Do you have a student who loves the thrill of a video game? Then he or she is going to love the excitement of this enrichment website. Count on Convict has an escaping convict, flashing search lights, and a police siren that sounds when you've answered the problem correctly. The game teaches children to find the difference when subtracting by using a number line. Figure out the distance the convict goes from his jail cell by answering the subtraction problem. In steps you move from the subtrahend, the number being subtracted, to the next 10 that you need to borrow from. Write your answer, check it, and catch the criminal. There is even a help button should you run into problems.
Can you imagine how hard it was to carry around enough coinage to purchase a big-ticket item prior to 1862? The only legal tender backed by the United States up until that time was in the form of coins. In February, 1862, as a way to finance the Civil War, the Legal Tender Act was passed, and the first paper money, the “Greenback,” was issued on March 10, 1862. This site from NOVA explores how the Treasury Department and Secret Service strive to keep our paper money hi-tech enough to thwart counterfeiters. After you’ve reviewed how a 100 dollar bill is made, try your hand at spotting a bogus bill.
Having an issue understanding that last lesson on vectors? Here's a great little game that allows you to move a boat around the water by changing the boat’s speed or the water current’s speed. In the first game you steer a boat through the water to land on an island in the water. The second game is more difficult because you need to intercept a moving target, a school of fish. The third game contains
qualities of the first two. The instructions are clear and there are suggestions on how to change vectors to get different results. You'll be ready for that next test!