Sarah D. Sparks -- A child's ability to understand and manipulate sets of numbers in 1st grade predicts how well he or she will succeed in the math required both in secondary school and for day-to-day living, according to a study published in the current online edition of the journal PLOS One.
Blocks, discs and plastic animals all are being used in elementary-school classrooms to help students understand the concepts of addition and subtraction. Adam Normand, math curriculum coordinator at Fort Wayne Community Schools, suggests parents use these and other hands-on manipulatives, including household items such as tape measures, to reinforce skills at home.
Julie Rasicot -- Teaching preschoolers to actually count numbers—not just recite them—will better prepare them for success in math once they start school, new research from the University of Missouri suggests.
At Chester W. Morrison Elementary School in Menifee, math lessons aren’t just for the students. Their parents are getting a chance to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication during a new after-school workshop. “Motivated Miner Math” focuses on activities that can easily be replicated by children and their parents at home.
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.
Humans have an intuitive sense of number that allows them, for example, to readily identify which of two containers has more objects without counting. This ability is present at birth, and gradually improves throughout childhood.
A new study published in the online journal PLoS ONE reports that the precision with which preschoolers estimate quantities, prior to any formal education in mathematics, predicts their mathematics ability in elementary school, according to research from the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
A good understanding of mathematics not only enhances learning in science and technology subjects, it is also a fundamental skill relevant to many aspects of everyone's working and social life.
As a nation we underperform in maths. The UK was recently ranked 28th out of 70 countries in terms of maths attainment in secondary schools and, in comparison with other countries, fewer students opt to continue maths beyond the age of 16.
This task has the potential to address many aspects of number and calculation, including the inverse relationship between multiplication and division, and the relationship between division and decimal fractions. The richness of the activity comes in the many different approaches which could be used to solve it and discussion of these different methods is emphasized in these notes. You may well need to spend a couple of lessons on this activity.