Moms are loving the Odd Squad!
"Odd Squad is a Canadian children’s live action television series .. both on the same day....The series features young agents who use indirect reasoning and math to solve and investigate strange happenings in their town. This is commonly in the form of satire, or other comedic archetypes, and are used to teach the audience differing lessons in mathematics." (wikipedia)
Top 10 Best Free Math Resources
Edudemic provides a nice list of resources for students who may not choose math as their favorite subject. "For many students, the words “math” and “fun” don’t seem to have much overlap....but math lovers have been working to show the more interesting side of math to students in a number of different formats." (From the website)
Squeeky Clean Rap (Math & Science)
Rhymenlearn is a site to explore if your kids love rap (some do, some don't). The site says that these raps are "Music That Puts The Cool Back In School". Rhyme ‘n Learn is math and science taught by mnemonics. A mnemonic is a learning aid. It uses word associations like rhymes so that a term or fact is easier to recall later. An example of a mnemonic is “In fourteen hundred ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Rhyme ‘n Learn was created by Joe Ocando a teacher of math and science to students of all ages who discovered that many find it difficult to memorize hundreds of new terms and facts. He also found that rote learning is boring and not very effective for long term retention. (From the site) These raps are his answer to the problem.
Saxon Math Problem Corrector
Saxon Math is a superior math curriculum giving proven results in the home school, private school, and public school environments. The one drawback is the time required by the educator (parent, teacher, tutor) to check the student's practice problems and tests. This repetitive chore drains the educator's time and energy away from more instructive tasks, and slows the student down waiting for work to be checked and returned. Dr. Aardsma's Saxon Math Checker relieves these problems. For daily practice problems, the Checker gives the student an immediate 'right' or 'wrong' answer. In a small percentage of cases the Checker e-mails the educator to check a problem. $29.95 per Saxon book. (from the website)
This is a very popular game for mastering fractions and percents for elementary students. There is a Disney commercial that runs before the game.
Skip Count Kid
Skip Count Kid provides songs which makes skip counting much easier and more accurate. Here is a free handy site for learning count-by songs. Knowing how to count-by all the digits is a huge help in mastering math facts.
IXL Math Practice
IXL Math provides math practice on a wide variety of skills at every grade level through high school geometry. Skills are organized by grade and aligned to state standards and Common Core Standards. Students can practice 20 problems per day for free, and can purchase a membership for more access and progress tracking. "IXL is not just about helping your child learn math—it's also about helping your child learn to love the subject. Unlike traditional workbooks and exercises, IXL's practice game boards engage students in their math lessons. As they work for hours to uncover new prizes on their game board, they'll be gaining new math skills and confidence along the way." (from the website)
Dragonbox: Algebra Game App
Dragonbox is a game-based app for learning Algebra. Sadly, this is no longer free, but goes for $4.99 5+ and $7.99 for 12+. It works on mobile devices and PCs. Here is a quote form the website: Amazing! Miraculous! - Me, the 40 year old math teacher, stopped at level 10. My 15 year old daughter, however, who hates equations, but who knows this kind of games, suddenly started teaching me about "C" and "negative C "! Amazing..!!! Anonymous app store review
Beast Academy for Story Problems? You bet!
"Beast Academy books provide a curriculum that is both rigorous and complete as well as engaging and entertaining. Each grade is split into four parts (A-D). For each part there is a Guide and a Practice book.
Guides provide instruction delivered by the Academy instructors in a comic book style that encourages reasoning and problem solving. Practice books provide hundreds of problems, puzzles, and games to reinforce the lessons." (from the website"
Struggling with Fractions?
Here is a blog that might help your student to remember which algorithm to use for the different operations for fractions. If your student needs a trick , you may find this helpful.
Study Jams (science/math)
"Study Jams is a Scholastic website designed to help elementary school students learn and review math and science information through songs and videos. To use Study Jams students search for a topic in the math or science category. Each Study Jam offers a short tutorial on that topic in the form of a video, slideshow, or song. When there is a song available Study Jams provides a karaoke format for kids to sing along if they like." from freetech4teachers.com written by Richard Byrne
Lure of the Labyrinth
A quest based game that teaches math skills and problem solving in a delightful game environment...tied to standards. "Your beloved pet's gone missing and you've got to find it - but how? Before you know it, you're dropped into a strange (and extremely smelly) world ... there sure are plenty of monsters. Can you come to its rescue ... before it's too late?" (from the website)
Check out this review on Tech4Teachers: Graphing Stories is a new website that was developed by Dan Meyer and Buzz Math (a middle school math site). Graphing Stories features 24 short videos that tell a story that students can graph to tell the mathematical story happening in the video. (from the website)
Grid Multiplication (Gelosia Method)
Check out this video that demonstrates grid multiplication from MathMasters.org Although it is unfamiliar to adults, children have no attachment to the algorithm we were taught. This method is easier, faster and more accurate, even for adults who excel at math. Go slowly, with an open mind, and you will open the door to multiplication for your child.
Check out this video that demonstrates grid multiplication. It takes a little bit more time to set up, but it is more clear and less frustrating than traditional long division. Go slowly, with an open mind, and you will open the door to long division for your child.