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This book from the founder of Bedtime Math (www.bedtimemath.org) answers math questions covering a multitude of topics. It is quite helpful that the questions are organized by general topics: animals, nature, food, everyday life, Earth and space, and mental math. Some questions answered include: the number of bees needed to make a jar of honey, how fast the fastest growing tree on Earth actually grows…

This book from the founder of Bedtime Math (www.bedtimemath.org) answers math questions covering a multitude of topics. It is quite helpful that the questions are organized by general topics: animals, nature, food, everyday life, Earth and space, and mental math. Some questions answered include: the number of bees needed to make a jar of honey, how fast the fastest growing tree on Earth actually grows, how many gallons of water are needed to put out a fire, and how many soccer balls would fit inside Earth. All of the math is broken down, with explanations for where those numbers came from, so it is all easy to understand. Have your child come up with their own questions and try to answer them (perhaps with some research help from you).

Charlie and Lola are getting ready to head to the store with their mom, where they will get to pick out one thing for themselves. As the two of them are getting ready, walking to the store, picking out their special treats, and walking home they encounter math all along the way. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, the two of them count objects like ladybugs and steps, and Lola gives away her stickers as she heads home…

Charlie and Lola are getting ready to head to the store with their mom, where they will get to pick out one thing for themselves. As the two of them are getting ready, walking to the store, picking out their special treats, and walking home they encounter math all along the way. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, the two of them count objects like ladybugs and steps, and Lola gives away her stickers as she heads home. The two of them use addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, and counting throughout the day. A bit of humor is injected as well, as Charlie often needs to correct Lola in all of this math, in a very big sister kind of way. The illustrations are fun and lively, with equations matching the math they are doing on the pages.

This Halloween-themed book helps to teach the concept of a missing mystery number, or variable, and how to solve these algebraic problems. The book starts out simple, giving a foundational understanding of equations and what the equals sign means, as well as defining variables, while supporting all of this through the pictures…

This Halloween-themed book helps to teach the concept of a missing mystery number, or variable, and how to solve these algebraic problems. The book starts out simple, giving a foundational understanding of equations and what the equals sign means, as well as defining variables, while supporting all of this through the pictures. But once the book reaches the point of using each operation to solve instead of a picture to solve, this can be confusing for anyone new to algebra concepts. This is because, at this point in the book, it becomes more rules-based rather than based on conceptual understanding. For example, the book states that what you do to one side of the equation, you must do to the other side, so if you divide by 4 on one side, you must divide by 4 on the other side. This all makes sense to someone who has spent some time with “balancing” equations in class or at home, but to a child that has not yet encountered this idea, this could be overwhelming. I highly recommend using some kind of manipulatives, like Hands-On Equations or something similar, to help your child visualize what is going on and why these algebra rules work.

These easy to use manipulatives simplify algebraic concepts for kids. You use the balance along with various game pieces to represent and then solve algebraic equations. Using the balance helps reinforce kids’ understanding of the equals sign meaning “same as”, as well as helps them understand what they are doing on paper to “balance” the equations and solve for the variable…

These easy to use manipulatives simplify algebraic concepts for kids. You use the balance along with various game pieces to represent and then solve algebraic equations. Using the balance helps reinforce kids’ understanding of the equals sign meaning “same as”, as well as helps them understand what they are doing on paper to “balance” the equations and solve for the variable. We use this program at my own school starting in the 4th grade, so I have seen just how effective using this set can be. This is a fantastic way to help children build their conceptual understanding of variables and basic algebra; I wish we had this when I was first learning these concepts!

Use the weekly advertising circulars you get in the mail to help your child practice using decimals in arithmetic. Let them choose their favorite products and identify their prices then challenge them with different tasks using each of the operations.

Use the weekly advertising circulars you get in the mail to help your child practice using decimals in arithmetic. Let them choose their favorite products and identify their prices then challenge them with different tasks using each of the operations. This activity is a great way to push your child just a bit at a time, seeing how they do on one task to determine if they are ready for the next challenge you have ready for them.

Use restaurant menus to help your child practice working with money and decimals. Have fun role-playing as waiters and customers!

Use restaurant menus to help your child practice working with money and decimals. Have fun taking turns role-playing as waiters and customers! Switch off roles to practice taking orders and processing and paying the check.

In Multiplication Top-It, players aim to get the highest product and then collect cards. This is a great game to play for a few minutes of extra practice, or to play all the way through to the end— either way, your child gets more time practicing their multiplication facts.

In Multiplication Top-It, players aim to get the highest product and then collect cards. This is a great game to play for a few minutes of extra practice, or to play all the way through to the end— either way, your child gets more time practicing their multiplication facts. It is a popular game to use in the classroom and at home since it is quite simple and therefore children remember the rules easily, but it is still so fun to play!

In Multiplication Fact Feud, players multiply by a common factor in an effort to create the largest product. This game is great for when your child already has an understanding of the concept of multiplication and has gotten some practice learning their facts. It allows you to target your child’s practice on the facts they may be having trouble committing to memory.

In Multiplication Fact Feud, players multiply by a common factor in an effort to create the largest product. This game is great for when your child already has an understanding of the concept of multiplication and has gotten some practice learning their facts. It allows you to target your child’s practice on the facts they may be having trouble committing to memory.

In Keep It, Toss It, kids get targeted multiplication practice, focusing on one group of multiplication facts at a time. The object of the game is to “keep” the largest products so that in the end, when the products are totaled, your sum of products is the largest.

In Keep It, Toss It, kids get targeted multiplication practice, focusing on one group of multiplication facts at a time. The object of the game is to "keep" the largest products so that in the end, when the products are totaled, your sum of products is the largest. This is another favorite game to use in third grade during our multiplication unit. The kids have a lot of fun playing it, and I love that the kids get extra time with the facts that they might be struggling with.

In Get to Ten, players draw cards and use their values to create multiplication problems, aiming for the highest product. This is a great game for understanding place value in multiplication, since your child has to think about making the largest possible product.

In Get to Ten, players draw cards and use their values to create multiplication problems, aiming for the highest product. This is a great game for understanding place value in multiplication, since your child has to think about making the largest possible product.

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