No doubt you have tried to help your child with their math homework this past year, but it looks different than the way you used to do it.
The new Utah Core standards have changed math instruction to include less memorizing and more concepts.
Remember the emphasis on flash cards, the multiplication tables, speed drills and even the word "borrowing" from your youth? Forget all that; for the most part, it's being replaced.
Amid a nationwide effort to improve students' math skills, two Nebraska school districts are training their teachers to teach the subject with more innovative approaches. Part of the "Focus on Math" program -- being used in the Bennington and Gretna school districts -- requires the teachers to develop greater math skills and a deeper understanding of math concepts.
The game as introduced is intended for KS1 children who are just beginning to become confident with small numbers. However there are many variations, some suggested below, that make it suitable for older children. As with many of the NRICH games, consolidation of basic number facts is combined with an element of strategic thinking.
This game can give pupils the opportunity to use their number knowledge and it can be adapted to stretch even the highest attainers. In its simplest form it can be accessed by anyone in the class who is able to connect the number of spots on a die to the numeral that represents it.
Paul Cholmsky: We look at actual MRI scans of human brains as they tackle math facts, and show the stark difference between students who are math fact fluent and those who are not. When the brain's limited resources are tied up working out simple math facts, it is less capable to deal with more complex mathematics such adding fractions or factoring.
This problem invites students to engage with units of measurement and orders of magnitude, by presenting a variety of records and measurements from events at the Olympic Games. Some will be familiar to students, others may lend themselves to estimation or a little research.
Sumdog's math games are always free to play, either at home or at school. They cover over 100 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels. Most are multiplayer, so you can play against thousands of students worldwide.
Tape measures. Rulers. Graphs. The gas gauge in your car, and the icon on your favorite digital device showing battery power. The number line and its cousins -- notations that map numbers onto space and often represent magnitude -- are everywhere. Most adults in industrialized societies are so fluent at using the concept, we hardly think about it. We don't stop to wonder: Is it "natural"? Is it cultural?
Explore different representations for fractions including improper fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percentages. Additionally, there are length, area, region, and set models. Adjust numerators and denominators to see how they alter the representations and models. Use the table to keep track of interesting fractions.
What is proof? Some teachers might think that proof has no place in the primary mathematics classroom but we would argue that it has. At NRICH we believe that the ideas underlying mathematical proof are central to the understanding of mathematics as a whole. Generalizing, justifying and convincing are key elements of mathematical thinking and they form the building blocks of proof.