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