April 3, 2009

I’m happy to host the 4th edition of the “Math Teachers at Play” Blog Carnival!

Learning math starts with baby steps and as our skills multiply, we need less and less help to take bigger and bigger steps. So, here are some great articles organized by steps.

## Baby Steps

(We need lots of help understanding math to make any progress)

Wendy Piersall presents Spring Math Worksheets: Counting Money posted at Animal Jr..

And just in time for Easter and all its candy, Shauna presents candy math posted at Treasure Seekers. She says, “While homeschooling my older daughter for kindergarten, I used some Halloween candy to help teach basic math concepts. (At this time of year, you may have extra Easter candy on hand!) The ideas can easily be adapted and expanded on depending on the student’s level.”

Denise presents How DO We Learn Math? posted at Let’s Play Math!. She says, “To teach effectively, I need to understand how students learn. I can think of at least 3 ways that I have learned math — what about you? How do you and your children learn?”

Elissa presents Red Light Green Light: 9 Tips to Organizing Your Classroom posted at Miss Cal.Q.L8.

Here is a fun set of lessons teaching the ways to add to 10: Magic Number Lesson Ideas

## Childhood Steps

(A little math help is appreciate, but we’re ready to step out a bit on our own)

Bogusia Gierus presents Subtractions and Decomposing Numbers | Nucleus Learning posted at Nucleus Learning.

Brent Yorgey presents Chessboard counting posted at The Math Less Traveled. See also the solutions here.

Here’s a fun article about Math Salons, a great idea for get-togethers based around a math lesson. What a fun idea to make math more interesting and fun: Sue VanHattum presents Math Salons and Base Eight posted at Math Mama Writes…. She says, “This is about my math salon, and a children’s story I wrote.”

## Adventuring Steps

(We’re off on our own, but may fall in a few puddles along the way)

Praveen presents What’s the Chance That the Patient Has the Disease? posted at Math and Logic Play.

If you have a child multiplying 2-digit + numbers, you’ll have to take a look at the video in this article showing how to do calculate by drawing a few lines on paper. Fascinating!: Marco DSouza presents Become a human calculator posted at Technology at work and play. Understanding the concepts of Trachtenberg and Vedic mathematics to solve complex math in your mind!

Here is an interesting discussion on the philosophy of real world math: Michael Croucher presents Martial Mathematics posted at Walking Randomly.

Check out Maria’s video lessons – if you have some visual learners: Maria Miller presents Division of fractions conceptually posted at Homeschool Math Blog.

## Running Steps

(We take all we’ve learned and leap over the math hurdles we encounter.)

Dave Marain presents Another Quadratic Function SAT Problem posted at MathNotations. An example of the type of quadratic function (parabola) question that is currently being tested on the SATs with answers, solution and discussion.

Pat Ballew presents Testing Understanding of Slope posted at Pat’sBlog. What a difference a subtle shift in a graph can make…

If you are looking for an interesting field to apply math skills: TeacherC presents Investigating Social Inequity in the Mathematics Classroom posted at An (aspiring) Educator’s Blog. The mathematics classroom is a place where students can explore inequity and social justice issues that affect their communities and the world.

Test your math skills on these ancient Algebra problems: Jon Ingram presents Ten 16th century word problems posted at Lessons taught; Lessons learnt. Ten algebra word problems, taken from The Whetstone of Witte, the first book on algebra ever published in English, slightly over 450 years ago.

John D. Cook presents Springs, resistors, and harmonic means posted at The Endeavour.

Edmund Harriss presents Surfaces 1: The ooze of the past posted at Maxwell’s Demon.

Dave Marain presents Those “Function” Questions on the SATs – Practice, Tips posted at MathNotations. This post looks at a different kind of function question of the type that could appear on the SATs. Issues of coping with function notation and convoluted wording are addressed. The problem also deals with number theory topics appropriate for middle schoolers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these articles! Feel free to post a blurb about the carnival on your blog. Enjoy!

Posted under Blog Carnivals, Math Curriculum, Math Websites

Kudos for an excellent Carnival! Great format, wonderful links and the pictures are perfect. Thanks for including my article. BTW, I used the Carnival submission tool so apparently that works fine.

Thanks for including my post. I love all the other posts also.

Oh my goodness! So many great ideas! Now I’ve bookmarked this page just so I don’t lose these!

Thanks for the nice comments – I was happy to include all of your posts. It was nice to get such a good variety. I enjoyed foraying out of the usual elementary math that I mostly teach at home!

Thanks so much for including my post. This is the first carnival I’ve been in!

Thanks for including my worksheets in this fantastic carnival. I’m off to find more great stuff thanks to you.

Thank you for putting this together — it looks like another excellent collection of links for me to browse through this weekend!

Great carnival! I enjoyed the way you organized it, and now I’m off to browse and enjoy all those fantastic links…