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Help your child be active and practice math with this activity. Your child will run or bike a one mile route and later determine how many miles they could complete in one hour. It is a great way to learn about speed and rate.

Help your child be active and practice math with this activity. Your child will run or bike a one mile route and later determine how many miles they could complete in one hour. It is a great way to learn about speed and rate while getting the endorphins up and aiming to set a personal record.

Use codes to motivate your child in practicing arithmetic. This can involve any or all of the operations, and all it requires is some paper and a pencil with just a bit of planning ahead. Your child will solve problems and then use the answers to decipher a code and uncover a secret message…

Use codes to motivate your child in practicing arithmetic. This can involve any or all of the operations, and all it requires is some paper and a pencil with just a bit of planning ahead. Your child will solve problems and then use the answers to decipher a code and uncover a secret message.

Milo is bored with his life until a tollbooth appears in his bedroom from out of nowhere. When he goes through it, he enters another world in which many of his adventures relate to math…

Milo is bored with his life until a tollbooth appears in his bedroom from out of nowhere. When he goes through it, he enters another world in which many of his adventures relate to math. On pages 110-114, the concept of comparable size is addressed, with thinking about size from different perspectives. On page 171, there is a road sign listing distances; ask your child where is there faulty reasoning between Milo and Humbug? Discuss with your child different measurements and when they might be used (ex: When would you use millimeters? What about kilometers?). In chapter 15, the concept of infinity is explained and discussed, and on page 186 negative numbers are addressed. On page 188, the order of operations is explained; ask your child what other things they can think of that have to be done in a certain order. Averages are described on page 195; ask your child whether they think the partial boy’s explanation on page 196 is reasonable. Then on pages 226-227, collecting data is discussed. Which questions are reasonable and which are not? Why? Take a look together at the U.S. Census data—what questions do they ask? Which answers would it make sense to calculate averages?

In Robert’s dreams he visits a strange land full of number tricks and hosted by the Number Devil. A multitude of number concepts are explored with the devil as guide, including matrices, number sequences, and exponents. The book incorporates a good bit of humor (i.e. the devil calls irrational numbers “unreasonable”), and the illustrations add to the clarity of concepts…

In Robert’s dreams he visits a strange land full of number tricks and hosted by the Number Devil. A multitude of number concepts are explored with the devil as guide, including matrices, number sequences, and exponents. The book incorporates a good bit of humor (i.e. the devil calls irrational numbers “unreasonable”), and the illustrations add to the clarity of concepts. While the math concepts involved are varied and do not directly support a specific grade level’s standards for mathematics, this would be an interesting book simply to spark interest and engage kids in the world of mathematics.

Covering the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician from Budapest, this is the interesting story of a kid who loved math and grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He particularly stands out because he actually loved working with others (as opposed to many mathematicians) and enjoyed matching up like-minded mathematicians with complementary skills to collaborate on projects…

Covering the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician from Budapest, this is the interesting story of a kid who loved math and grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He particularly stands out because he actually loved working with others (as opposed to many mathematicians) and enjoyed matching up like-minded mathematicians with complementary skills to collaborate on projects. He even traveled all over the world staying with other mathematicians. He was a well-loved member of the math community, and this is a fascinating look into his life and personality. The illustrations are not only lively and interesting, but they also help support some of the math described in the book. It is a book for all ages-- young ones enjoy the story and pictures, and older kids can explore the math and Erdos' life even further.

In this story of a cross-country race called “The Great Divide”, the field of competitors is continually being divided by two. Eighty competitors (in ten groups of eight) begin the event on bicycles, but only half of them ford a rocky red canyon to continue on. The group continues to be reduced in the same way as the race goes on…

In this story of a cross-country race called “The Great Divide”, the field of competitors is continually being divided by two. Eighty competitors (in ten groups of eight) begin the event on bicycles, but only half of them ford a rocky red canyon to continue on. The group continues to be reduced in the same way as the race goes on. Dodds uses both rhyming and pictures to show the effects of the obstacles along the race route. Regrouping also occurs as the number of participants dwindles, and both the numerals and the number words are shown throughout the story.

Rhyming text describes a line of 100 ants traveling to reach a picnic. They start in one long line of 100, but to get there faster one ant suggests dividing into two lines of fifty, then four lines of twenty-five, then five lines of twenty, and finally ten lines of ten. The changes in their formation take them so long, though, that the food is gone by the time they arrive…

Rhyming text describes a line of 100 ants traveling to reach a picnic. They start in one long line of 100, but to get there faster one ant suggests dividing into two lines of fifty, then four lines of twenty-five, then five lines of twenty, and finally ten lines of ten. The changes in their formation take them so long, though, that the food is gone by the time they arrive. The ants are shown in total and in their new formation on each page. This is a good way to talk about arrays, but in terms of division, as well as the concept of factors. Grouping can also be discussed based on this book. You can have your child come up with another number and find how many ways the ants could organize themselves in that case. The books *100th Day Worries* and *98, 99, 100! Ready or Not, Here I Come! *can both support this same idea of dividing or grouping 100 as well.

This is a game that I have seen in a number of classrooms over the years. Not only is the game beautiful and colorful, but it’s also fun and mathematical at the same time! Each player rolls the dice and uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to make their way to the center of the board…

This is a game that I have seen in a number of classrooms over the years. Not only is the game beautiful and colorful, but it’s also fun and mathematical at the same time! Each player rolls the dice and uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to make their way to the center of the board. Adding to the excitement is the ability to bump other players back to start as you go. The first player to land both pawns on 101 wins the game. It’s a great way to practice arithmetic as well as build understanding of factors and prime numbers.

This game for 2-4 players gives your child practice with both multiplication and division facts through 100. Players use their cards to complete fact families on the triangle game board; the first player to use all of his or her cards and call out “tri-FACTA!” wins…

This game for 2-4 players gives your child practice with both multiplication and division facts through 100. Players use their cards to complete fact families on the triangle game board; the first player to use all of his or her cards and call out “tri-FACTA!” wins! Your child may recognize fact triangles from school, but if not, this is a good way to think about numbers flexibly and understand "turn-around" facts.

Zupelz is great for using math skills and knowledge, as well as logical thinking and deductive reasoning. There are 100 puzzles in each box, and the answers and a progress chart to keep track of which puzzles your child has completed…

Zupelz is great for using math skills and knowledge, as well as logical thinking and deductive reasoning. There are 100 puzzles in each box, and the answers and a progress chart to keep track of which puzzles your child has completed. I have the third grade version in my class, and often offer it as a station on game days or an option for early finishers since the kids enjoy it so much. There are versions for grades 1 through 6, but you can only purchase them through the Origo website (so the grade you are looking for may not be as well-stocked as the items that can be found on Amazon). I have used other Origo products in the past as well (specifically for teaching multiplication) and have been a big fan.

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