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Do your young scholars see the connection between 3 + 5 = 8 and 5 + 3 = 8? Combine operations properties and basic math strategies. After giving learners a few guided practice problems, discuss their processing- did they consider place value to add two-digit numbers? Which math properties are they using? The big idea is to ensure learners understand what they are doing when they solve math mentally. Use an exit ticket to enforce the lesson using a timeline.
Here is a terrific lesson which has your kids play an interactive CD-ROM or online game "The Maths Race," focusing on using mental math strategies to solve the problems in the game. In pairs they answer math problems by selecting the answer when presented with six possible choices, with the fastest student reaching the finish line first.
Math whizzes practice multiplying using repeated addition. They watch a video clip from the Hershey's chocolate plant, read Hershey's Multiplication, and use grid paper to investigate multiplication as repeated addition. A page of five multiplication story problems is included that would make an appropriate homework assignment to reinforce this tasteful lesson.
Math novices examine how math can help them in real-world situations. They listen to the book The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, solve various word problems from the book, explore various math websites, write original math word problems, and create a slide using their word problem for a class computer slide show presentation.
Students participate in various math strategies. In this mathematical concepts activity, students experience several math strategies, such as using foldables, angles, and using colored pasta. Students use these manipulatives to help them comprehend place value and geometry concepts.
Young mathematicians research and discuss real world math word problems and ways in which they apply math concepts in their everyday lives. They create a storyboard of a math word problem from which they create a slide for a multi-media presentation. Pupils solve each others' problems after the presentations are complete.