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  • Decimals and Money
    Set aside a corner of the classroom as the store and rotate which children will be in charge The teacher can use fake plastic money recommended or actual pennies nickels and dimes it is recommended that no higher real money denominations be used and use this store to buy and sell actual items such as pencils for classroom rewards Children can earn various denominations as classroom tokens then trade them in at the market The market concept is not new to elementary schools and there are many classrooms where empty food containers such as cereal boxes and plastic bottles are brought from home and set up as a mini market The reward system that they teachers set up is what makes this concept work with children By rotating the various duties among the students children quickly learn how to convert fractions such as ¼ using a 25 cent piece into easily translated decimal equivalents An entire lesson can be developed around the decimal equivalents using the monies of the class market Children can have shopping days where they visit the store and must purchase items by translating a fraction worksheet into decimals or vice versa then applying the new shopping

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  • 30 Tips for teaching Elementary Math
    can chart the temperature changes pollen count precipitation when the sun rose and set etc You can even teach your students to chart how long it takes you each day to go places in the school lunch restroom breaks etc and compare the times Use small packages of multi colored candies to teach probability Have your students sort the candy into piles of different colors and chart the numbers The students can then figure out the ratio of each color and then figure out what the probability of selecting in particular color candy our of a large bag is A simple yet effective tool in teaching math is repetition Alternate between lecturing games worksheets and other activities so you can reach each of your students who all have different learning styles Use items such as buttons so that your students can create different numerical equations Example if you have 8 buttons your students can write out 4 4 8 2 4 8 16 2 8 etc You can write out on the board different categories of shapes geometrics and then have the students find things in your classroom for each category Tiles on the floor are square trash cans are cylinders the clock is a circle etc Have weigh ins in your class if it s your students or different objects in the classroom to teach the different weight measurements This may seem obvious but get the parents involved Assign activities that have to be done at home or even over the summer to encourage continued learning Have your students keep a math journal This can help them record what they have learned what they are having problems with answer specific questions you have asked about math even graphing things that happened at home what time they had supper when the phone rang etc If your school will allow it actually tape different math problems in the bathrooms that way your students will be thinking about solving math problems un routinely during the day You can encourage your students to learn multiplication or whatever part of math you are learning depending on there level of knowledge by having a quick quiz right before lunch the first one to finish the quiz is first in line the second is second in line etc Eventually the students at the end of the lunch line will study more so they can get lunch first To help those shy students and encourage students to help each other all you need are green and red cups because if during a math lesson or any lesson you can ask if everyone understands the math problem those who understand lift the green cup those who do not the red one In addition the student can leave the red cup on the corner of his her desk to receive more help when practicing what you taught them Try a new twist on baseball Instead of using a ball and bat use math problems Have your class divided into

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  • Using Manipulatives to Teach Decimals
    Some students find it easier to learn math concepts if there is a real world use for them Use grid graph paper to help students visualize the place values Have students draw a box that is 10 squares long and 10 squares high The box is one whole and each row or column is one tenth Each box then represents the hundredth place Have students color in boxes to represent different amounts For example they can color in 3 blocks to see what 0 03 looks like Coloring in the boxes can help students understand addition with decimals For example if they are trying to answer 0 02 0 05 they can color in 2 boxes and then color in 5 boxes When they count the number of boxes they will get 7 hundredths as their answer This can also be used to teach multiplication For example if the problem is 0 2 x 0 8 the students can use the blocks to see the answer The problem is in tenths which is a whole row or column Have the students color 2 rows in blue Then have them color 8 columns in red The number of blocks where the colors overlap or the number of purple blocks will be the answer to the problem In this case it will be 16 blocks The students have been taught that one block is equal to 0 01 so 16 blocks would be equal to 0 16 Use blocks and a balance to demonstrate place values Mark a number 1 on the balance Have blocks labeled 10 100 1000 0 1 0 01 and 0 001 Place the 10 block on the balance scale in front of the 1 The balance will tip to that side Explain that it takes 10 ones

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  • Creative Ideas for Teaching Decimals
    Decimal Bingo Instead of calling out spaces call out fractions Students then figure out which decimal value on their Bingo card goes with that fraction You can start out with basic fractions like one tenth one fourth one half etc then advance to fractions that require the student to calculate the decimal Create a menu for the students or you can use one from a local restaurant Do not have even decimal amounts like 0 50 or 0 00 for all of the prices Tell students they have a certain amount to spend on their meal and let them choose from the menu This requires adding decimals A variation of this is to divide the class into two groups The first group is the customers who place orders while the second group is the wait staff who take the orders The wait staff is required to present the customers with a bill which customers should double check before paying Another variation is to give students a certain amount of money with which to shop Give them sales circulars from local stores and let them make a shopping list of the items they can afford with the money they have This could be an opportunity to work in sales tax also if your students are ready for it When teaching students to compare decimals make sure students know the names of the place values Begin teaching comparison using decimals that all have the same name which may require adding zeros to the end of some numbers For example 0 09 and 0 052 are read nine hundredths and 52 thousandths If you change 0 09 to 0 090 however it becomes ninety thousandths Comparisons are much easier this way Set up shop Stock your class store with small candy notebooks pencils

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  • Flower Geometry on Summer Vacation
    geometric pattern or shape the flower has grown into Materials Eyes peepers for finding flowers Camera if available Notebook Pencil and Good Eraser Pencil Crayons in various colors Ruler Compass if you wish to measure angles in the shapes Glue String Next Learners draw in their notebooks the geometric shape the flower is equated with and beside the shape a simple drawing of the flower coloring the flower drawing with the corresponding color of the petals If possible 3 D forms can be cut out and interlocked together with a string glued into the top of the start and made into Christmas ornaments Example Yellow Blue eyed Grass photo Above 6 Petaled Yellow Wild Flower that also grows in Bluish Purple and White found in tall grasses who that opens up only with the sun and closes at the end of the day when the sun sets or on cloudy days Geometric pattern 6 pointed Star Tetrahedron Two 3 Dimensional Interlocking Equilateral Triangles with a conjoining dot in the middle These 2 photos show the star tetrahedron 6 pointed both in 2 dimensional form as it would be if drawn flat on a piece of paper The second photo is a rendition of a 3 dimensional form as if it were hanging as an ornament in a tree SourceURL file Users sheila Desktop Summer 20Flower 20Geometry doc http en wikipedia org wiki Star tetrahedron When looking aim for the pattern that is found when counting the Number of Petals in the Flowers In the Yellow Blue Eyed Grass there are 6 petals which if gazed at in a 3 Dimensional way one can see the pattern of the 6 pointed star tetrahedron This can be a fun activity to do while on summer vacation or during the schoolyear in Spring

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  • Fractions for Christmas, Hannukah and Solstice!
    3 4 and Winter Solstice December 21 st 4 4 Traditional Song 12 Days of Christmas What is the Fraction of the 5 th Day of The 12 Days of Christmas Here is an example If you add together the 3 rd Day of Christmas and the 5 th Day if Christmas what Christmas Fraction does this equal Answer 3 12 5 12 8 12 1 12 2 12 3 12 4 12 5 12 6 12 7 12 7 12 8 12 9 12 10 12 11 12 12 12 Traditional Song The 12 Days of Christmas On the 1 st First Day of Christmas My true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 2 nd Second Day of Christmas My true love sent to me Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 3 rd Third Day of Christmas My true love sent to me Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 4 th Fourth day of Christmas My true love sent to me Four calling birds 4 12 Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 5 th Fifth Day of Christmas 5 12 My true love sent to me Five golden rings 5 12 Four calling birds 4 12 Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 6 th Sixth Day of Christmas 6 12 My true love sent to me Six geese a laying 6 12 Five golden rings 5 12 Four calling birds 4 12 Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 7 th Seventh Day of Christmas 7 12 My true love sent to me Seven swans a swimming 7 12 Six geese a laying 6 12 Five golden rings 5 12 Four calling birds 4 12 Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 8 th Eighth day of Christmas My true love sent to me Eight maids a milking 8 12 Seven swans a swimming 7 12 Six geese a laying 6 12 Five golden rings 5 12 Four calling birds 4 12 Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On the 9 th Ninth day of Christmas My true love sent to me Nine ladies dancing 9 12 Eight maids a milking 8 12 Seven swans a swimming 7 12 Six geese a laying 6 12 Five golden rings 5 12 Four calling birds 4 12 Three French hens 3 12 Two turtle doves 2 12 And a partridge in a pear tree 1 12 On

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  • Donate a Math Abacus to The Lakota
    the education program there here is one site they can be purchased on http www enasco com math Math Manipulatives Abacuses We found ours in Chinatown in downtown Victoria If anyone would like to buy and donate an abacus with us please let us know and we can save together on shipping costs This photo is Jane Yuan from China and Victoria and Sheila Hynes one of our coordinators from math lessons ca Jane Yuan is a local artist here in Victoria and is having fun showing us how to use the abacus Here is the Pineridge Shipping Address for anyone wishing to do a similar donation Via UPS FedEx Theresa Lessert Our Lady of Lourdes School 500 Lourdes Lane Porcupine SD 57772 Via U S Mail Theresa Lessert Our Lady of Lourdes School P O Box 7 Porcupine SD 57772 The Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation website focuses on specific needs of the many schools and social service organizations such as shelters children s organizations and clinics physically located on the reservation The reservation organizations needs are many and change constantly so your donations can take many forms from school sewing crafts sporting baby and office supplies to toiletries clothing Christmas gifts holiday items bed bath and kitchen linens cold weather gear crayons and more http friendsofpineridgereservation org May Happy Feelings Good Health and Abundance beam Everywhere All Our Relations http www enasco com math Math Manipulatives Abacuses http www alabacus com pageView cfm pageID 315 Cool Free On Line Interactive Abacus http www alabacus com pageView cfm pageID 321 http www mathmojo com abacus mathmojowiththeabacus html And Here is a link for another one of our Fun Math Games http www math lessons ca Decimals decimal html If you enjoyed this article subscribe to receive more great content

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  • Math Games for Teaching Multiplication
    station in the center of the screen Answers to the problems are placed in the center of the star station the station gun is aimed at the approaching meteor and the gun is fired to disintegrate the meteor If a meteor reaches the star station before disintegrated with the correct answer the meteor hits the station and shatters Answers are placed in the star station and gun moved and fired by designated keyboard keys Hits and misses are recorded in the galaxy at the bottom of the screen For a link to the game you can go here http www arcademicskillbuilders com games meteor meteor html And for one of our fun games for teaching multiplication division subtraction and addition you can try our Quiz Master http www math lessons ca review math review4 html If you enjoyed this article subscribe to receive more great content just like it Subscribe via RSS Feed About the Author Comments 1 Trackback URL Comments RSS Feed kyle says September 15 2010 at 10 14 am This game is pretty sweet Man if you dont like math than this is the game to play even for little kids who dont think they like math

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