Wednesday December 4, 2013
It's always fun for learners to link math activities to the current theme which is Christmas! Here are some Christmas worksheets suitable for younger learners. Another Christmas activity I like learners to do is to calculate the cost of the 12 days of Christmas. Using the current prices of the 12 days of Christmas items (partridge in a pear tree, 2 turtle doves, 3 french hens ...) have students look up the prices and calculate the total cost of the true love's gifts this year.
Thursday November 28, 2013
Calculus! Students entering high school have heard that one of the math courses they'll be taking if they stick with math, (and hopefully they do) is Calculus. The next question they usually have is 'What is Calculus?' My response is, it's a great subject, you'll come to enjoy. You'll need to work at it and bring with you that positive attitude. And, I strongly urge them to take on the challenge and sign up for Calculus. Not only that, it's an opportunity gateway. We know that sticking with the maths (and sciences) leads to greater opportunities of employment. So here is that overview about Calculus.
Monday November 25, 2013
Decimals that is! This week, I put together 10 decimal worksheets that focus on adding numbers with up to three decimal places. Typically, this type of concept is taught in the fifth grades, however, exposure to decimals occurs earlier. It`s often handy to use money when adding decimals, money helps keep the concept authentic.
See also, an overview of multiplying decimals by 10, 100, 1000 and using mental math.
Wednesday November 20, 2013
I'm amazed every year to find a question about the mode on the third grade standardized assessment. Think about it, an eight year old in the third grade. What is the relevance of mode to this younster? Unfortunately, it's become one of my pet peeves, why not stick to the main themes in math? How important in the bigger scheme of things is the mode to an eight year old? What I've discovered is that it's really about vocabulary and whether or not the child makes sense of the mode, one thing they do is memorize 'mode means most', then they attack the question. If you've forgotten mode, this article is for you and it gives you the 101 on mean, median and mode.