If you are taking a trip or getting ready for spring break, put those movie players away and have some fun family math time in the car. There are some great oral math activities that can be done while touring around in your car and I've listed them all right here. Whether you have a 4 year old or a 10 year old, you will find some fun math related ideas to learn while on your trip.
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The concept of inequalities is taught in pre algebra and then re-visisted throughout algebra. The early entry of the greater than or less than symbols (< >) starts as early as the second grade. This week's article is the 101 on inequalities and gives a very basic overview and introduction to inequalities.
Math is not a spectator sport. To improve in math, you must do math and isn't that just like many things in life? If you want to play an instrument, you practice. If you want to do well in a sport, you practice. Math isn't any different in this regard. The math you do is for you, it's not for your teacher, after all, your teacher already knows the math. This article gives you 7 sensible steps to improve your scores in math.
If you answered yes to this question, this article is for you. I ask you, how or why did you become a math phobic? Chances are you will respond with, I just don't understand math or that I just never had anyone that would explain math the way I learn math. Unfortunately, you weren't told that everyone given the appropriate time and support can do math. Hopefully, with a positive attitude and a caring tutor, parent or teacher, you will combat the math phobia and move forward positively.
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When it comes to apps, I'm most impressed with the apps that are available for kindergarten math. Not only are they fun for young learners to use, they also teach in a very engaging method. I've been reviewing kindergarten math apps for the last few weeks and have listed my favorite ones. Most of these apps have tracking, are developmental and address the curricular standards required for kindergarten: counting, number recognition, quantity, patterns to name a few. Don't take my word for it, if you have a young kindergartener, give any one of these a whirl.
When you are working through difficult math concepts and problems, it's pretty reasonable to think that you're going to make errors from time to time. This is valuable learning. When an error is made, it's important to determine why the error was made and where you went wrong. From there, you'll experience the most powerful learning. After all, do people really make the same mistakes twice? Hopefully not. Learning from our mistakes is great learning and you can find how to maximize that learning here.
When students study, there tends to be a bit of a trend as to how they study. One strategy most students use is to take notes. However, when it comes to math, I'm told they practice questions and very few individuals actually take notes in math. I ask you, if notes help with every other subject, why wouldn't you take notes in math? The bottom line: students aren't sure how to take notes in math. This article about taking notes to study for math is for you. If you want to raise your scores and improve your ability to do math, learn how to take appropriate notes in math. Everything you need to know is right here.
February 14th is Valentine's Day and aside from wishing all of the math users a Happy Valentine's Day, I would like to share with you a few ideas to link math to for Valentines Day or try the heart problems here. After all, it keeps math authentic.
I'm still reviewing math apps and am always happy to hear from you as far as what you've found that you might recommend to support math achievement. A big thanks to those of you who have sent in suggestions.
Obesity in the early years can have a negative impact on learning math, more so than when children become older. This unique piece of research coming from the University of Missouri-Columbia reports that children who are obese in kindergarten perform worse in math. Interestingly, their performance, if obese is worse in kindergarten through to the fifth grade. However, if children became obese after the fifth grade, their performance in math isn't as bad. What does this say about physical health and achievement in the early years? Not that we needed additional reasons to support healthy eating and active living styles! Full article.
To see what children should be learning in pre-kindergarten through to the 5th grade, you'll find the typical courses of study here.
Practice, practice and practice more to fully understand math concepts. This week, I've added 10 worksheets for pre algebra. Use the four operations and isolate the variable for these basic pre algebra worksheets. Put simply, if you add on one side to isolate the variable then you subtract on the other AND, if you multiply on one side, you divide on the other. It's all about balance. You'll find 10 worksheets here with the answers on the second page of the PDF.
See Other Pre Algebra Worksheets:
- Order of Operation Worksheets
- Writing Algebraic Expressions Worksheets