Connecting to Math in Real Life By Wendy Petti Who needs math games when a world of meaningful real-life fun is beckoning? It's easy and rewarding to connect to the real world in math class. On the Information Highway," we can find online collections of real-world math activities, math activities with a specific real-life focus (including natural disasters), online data sources, portals for joining or launching collaborative math and science projects, and more. The real-world resources assembled here are sure to excite teachers and students alike. Collections of Real-World Math Activities The math activity sites listed here are repositories of lesson ideas that can be explored offline without the use of computers. Math Goodies Their multi-media curriculum includes 168 in-depth lessons organized into instructional units. Mixing in Math This set of free activities helps teachers, parents, and after-school programs mix a bit of math into students' daily routines. Online Math Activities with a Specific Focus

Math Tutorial Music Videos Middle School students are working hard on their Math Wiki. They are using a variety of tools to create tutorials (Garageband, SmartBoard Notebook, PowerPoint, Animoto). Their latest creation to be embedded into the Wiki were Animoto Music Videos. They created PowerPoint slides, then exported them as jpg files to be imported into Wiki were Animoto Students are learning presentation skills and tools as they are designing the slides to create specific tutorials for math definitions and concepts they are learning in class. “By learning you will teach;by teaching you will understand.” ~ Latin Proverb To teach is to learn twice. Not only are students organizing their own thoughts and teaching each other, but they are also becoming web publishers who are inspiring and teaching math students around the world. As they were working on the slides, we learned many things about presentation design: don’t use too much text on one slide. Here are some of their Animoto examples: Like this: Like Loading...

Use Creative Math Sites to Support Struggling Students - San Jose ESL Math language can cause problems for many English language learners. Math word problems are especially difficult because the language around the word problem can often times be a challenge. As a very basic example, look at the many synonyms for "DECREASE": subtract, take away from, lowered by, reduce, minus, etc. Then there are the NON-MATH words in the problems. Look at this basic math problem for elementary school: Five boys and three girls went on a field trip. First problem--the problem starts off with BOYS and GIRLS and then combines the two to make CHILDREN. Since math becomes increasingly more difficult as ELLs move on to middle school and high school, the same problem still faces them---the language of math. The video sites below offer more support for struggling students both ELLs and EOs. Both sites are free of course though they do want students and teachers to register. Denise

Fun Kids Online Math Games "Sheppard offers everything from early math to pre-algebra. The lessons include interactive activities to practice concepts. Students can shoot fruit, pop balloons, and even play math man (the math version of pac man!). Fractions, place value, money, and basic operations are some of the areas that are covered. Check it out at " --Shannon Jakeman , sjakeman.blogspot.com "Online math games, like the ones that you'll find for free at Sheppard Software, provide a valuable opportunity for children to learn a great deal while they're having fun. It can be very difficult for parents to find productive and worthwhile activities for children on the Internet; however fun online math games do offer a wonderful alternative. This free section of Sheppard Software was written for children. Sheppard Software offers a couple of cute games for the youngest math students.

5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child's Day By Laura Bilodeau Overdeck Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and her husband have been doing nightly math problems with their kids for years. Laura developed Bedtime Math to share with other families some fun math riddles and other ways to incorporate math into daily routines. Math is everywhere. Studies show that a child’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of future academic success than reading skills, social skills, or the ability to focus. Here are five ways to add math to your child’s day. 1. You can’t help but use math when you’re baking. Ask your child: How many chocolate chips do you think it will take to fill one cup? 2. Most kids love stopwatches, and watching the seconds tick by gives them opportunities to practice counting. Ask your child: How far can you throw a ball? 3. Big or small, any project that involves measuring includes counting, adding, and multiplying. Ask your child: How high can you build that stack of Legos? 4. 5. Melt in Your Mouth

8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome Believe it or not, math is really an art. While the subject can seem far from it when you’re caught in the doldrums of class, there’s a lot about math that’s just as creative as a Jackson Pollock and elegant as a rendition of Swan Lake. But some of us still run from those dreaded numbers, swearing up and down that it’s too complex, too rigid and just plain not fun. Still unconvinced? Check out these eight videos that explore the beauty of math, both in its simplicity and its complexity. There are practical applications of math theory, quick tricks to save you time and make you look like a genius and even a little history thrown in that shows how math is truly an awesome thing. What’s your favorite math-related video? 1. Think about adding up (or even past) infinity, in a series of numbers that gets bigger every single time. 2. Admit it: You’ve been guilty of doodling in math class. 3. 4. 5. If you look hard enough, you can even find math lurking in holidays. 6. That is, until now. 8.

10 Outstanding Android Math Apps 1- Brain Exercise This is a free app that provides a set of smart games to help you improve your Math skills starting from the basics 2- Fallin Math This is another great Math Game that offers different layers of difficulty to players. 3- Kids Numbers and Math Lite This is a fremium app that is designed particularly for preschoolers to improve their math skills 4- Baby Learns Numbers Learns Numbers is a mathematical enlightening game for babies. 5- Math Workout Math/Maths Workout is a set of daily brain training exercises and math drills designed to enhance mental arithmetic. 6- Mad Math for Kids This fun Android game isn’t complicated at all, but it will definitely challenge your child’s mental muscles. 7- Mental Math Free Useful tips to simplify difficult math problems and exercises to use them. 8- Arithmetics for Kids Free this entertaining math game that challenges your child’s mind. 9- Einstein Math Academy 10- Algebra Tutor

Manic Math Madness Making Math Meaningful Again After writing the post this morning about math and writing, I essentially told myself I would forget about the time constraints, the curriculum map or the tests and just teach it in a way that makes sense. I combined three standards on linear equations, graphing, tables and problem-solving. I pretty-much taught math the way that I did back when I taught a higher-level eighth grade class: I front-loaded the vocabulary using a TPR for variable, equation, graph, table and linear relationships. They used social media to discuss things in life that have linear relationships. I gave the students a scenario: They had to raise money for a field trip by selling junk food at a school dance. Some of the students still asked for additional algorithms and I offered them as a practice.

Math Vs Zombies - Math Games Grade K - 5 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store Math in the News This is the archive of our "Math in the News" current events weekly series. These presentations can be viewed as PowerPoint presentations from Slideshare, as videos from YouTube, or as iPad-compatible presentations. Click on the appropriate link to see the Math in the News presentation. Math in the News: 2/25/13. n this issue of Math in the News we look at statistics related to Russian meteor that recently crash-landed. Watch some compelling eyewitness video and explore how the path of meteor was reconstructed. YouTube Video: www.youtube.com/watch? Analyzing the path of the meteor: See the Math in the News Slideshare version of this presentation. See the YouTube video of this presentation. iPad and mobile users, click here. Subscribe to our YouTube video channel to see all of our great videos! Math in the News: 2/9/13. The CDC Website: Math in the News: 11/16/12.

ELL - Independent vs. Dependent Variables In my last post I included some samples of student work (mini-posters). I decided to make a separate post to highlight the two mini-posters from my ELL students. These two students started out the semester and I was super worried about having them in my class. As best as I could tell, they weren't able to speak any English. I'm glad I was semi-wrong. Some of it was just shyness. Teaching Math Rocks!

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