Our third collaboration--my story, illustrations by my 11-year-old graddaughter.

Published online at

Here's one of the illustrations:

Our third collaboration--my story, illustrations by my 11-year-old graddaughter.

Published online at

Here's one of the illustrations:

A Fractionated Fairytale

Download, print, share with a child. Share the link with teachers and friends. Enjoy!

Download, print, share with a child. Share the link with teachers and friends. Enjoy!

Easier than reading it here! You can read online or download a PDF version at

Yes, That's My Mother! by Marsha Landau, illustrated by S.D. Monahan

Yes, That's My Mother! by Marsha Landau, illustrated by S.D. Monahan

A discussion on the Facebook group "Math Teachers Professional Learning Network" prompted me to create two videos (quickly, and not at all professionally done!) introducing the method I've taught for more than 50 years.

Here they are:

I hope you find them useful.

Here they are:

I hope you find them useful.

I have been making my math stories, illustrated by my grandchild, available online at no charge. Please feel free to download and print, and share the links wherever you think someone might enjoy them.

Within each story there is typically a place where the reader (parent, teacher, or child) should stop reading and do some work on the embedded mathematics.

Here are the links:

Yes, That's My Mother!

Not Your Average Halloween

Steps of Wonder

Within each story there is typically a place where the reader (parent, teacher, or child) should stop reading and do some work on the embedded mathematics.

Here are the links:

Yes, That's My Mother!

Not Your Average Halloween

Steps of Wonder

mathmarsha blog: CTD Parent Seminar April 18, 2015 focused on apps for mobile devices

mathmarsha blog: CTD Parent Workshop 11/3/12 addressed math and literature, projects, games, manipulatives, etc.

Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics With activities for children in preschool through grade 5

mathmarsha blog: CTD Parent Workshop 11/3/12 addressed math and literature, projects, games, manipulatives, etc.

Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics With activities for children in preschool through grade 5

Strength in Numbers | National Numeracy Challenge helps adults learn the math needed for everyday life. A good place to start if you yourself are not comfortable with math.

High School Math Review Tutorials Problems - a free resource with examples, problems, explantions and exercises. Parents can use these free resources and problems to *help your child learn math.*

Maths activities for children | Family Maths Toolkit has collections of activities for age ranges 3-13. Topics include: around the house, math and money, games, out and about, books and TV. From UK.

Written Methods of Calculation in Numeracy at Key Stage 2: A guide for parents and carers (another British one)

Here's an example of an app that's available online from NCTM. It's pitched at grades 3-8, but I wouldn't hesitate to share this with much younger children--it provides an exploration of algebraic thinking about equations using a balance scale:

Pan Balance – Shapes

Here's a screenshot:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you remember LOGO or Turtle Geometry from the early days of home computing, you'll like Turtle Pond. This introduces children as young as pre-K to rudimentary coding.

I also like Pick-a-Path (one of my favorites, suitable, at the higher levels, for grades 3 and up), Isometric Drawing Tool, Tessellation Creator.

Several good online games are available at PBS Kids Odd Squad Games. In particular, I liked "Down the Tubes." The underlying math includes number stuff (different sums to make a particular target length of tube) and geometric transformations (turns and flips). The levels build slowly, but eventually get mathematically interesting. The graphics are sufficiently eye-catching so your child will have the patience to continue to a challenging level.

The game claims it "secretly teaches algebra," which is true, but I think there are advantages to having a parent or teacher ask the occasional question or suggest recording what is happening in the game on paper so the algebra can be made more explicit. A good description of the game variations can be found here: DRAGONBOX ALGEBRA - The game that secretly teaches algebra.

DragonBox Elements - Geometry Proofs on the App Store (iPad $4.99)

Get both: DB Advanced Math Pack on the App Store $9.99 and worth it.

Where to buy DragonBox for Android – Customer Feedback for DragonBox.

**Mystery Math Museum $3.99 on iTunes.** (It has occasionally been offered at no charge. I was lucky that way!) My granddaughter asks to return to this one. I'll show you why I like it enough to spend $ on it.

Greater Gator on the App Store $1.99 Currently (as of Oct. 1 2017) on sale for $ .99

24 Game – Math Card Puzzle on the App Store $1.99 Also available daily FREE online.

*Links to free mobile device versions of pick-a-path, equivalent fractions, and others from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics here.

Big Seed is one of my favorites. It develops visual-spatial skills as you flip shapes to cover the presented puzzle. I find it much more challenging than my granddaughter does!

BigSeed on the App Store on iTunes FREE

Matific - Educational Math Games For Kindergarten and Elementary School on the App Store offers hundreds of math activities, grades K-6.

Sushi Monster on the App Store

Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center on the App Store

Daily SET Puzzle on the App Store; alternatively, Combinations on the App Store;

The Daily SET Puzzle | America's Favorite Card Games®

Daily set game puzzle online

**LetsTans Classic** presents an outline to fill in, the seven tangram pieces in rich colors, and a mechanism (tapping a piece) for rotating. Many puzzles and many play options. I think this is the winner in the category. Free. iPad and iPhone.

http://bit.ly/letstansclassic

There are variations: Classic 2, Contours, Kids ("for the youngest solvers only"), and Silhouette (challenging! the shape you must create is NOT presented at the full size) are available as separate downloads.

**Khan Academy**

GeoGebra on the App Store

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store

Get both: DB Advanced Math Pack on the App Store $9.99 and worth it.

Where to buy DragonBox for Android – Customer Feedback for DragonBox.

Greater Gator on the App Store $1.99 Currently (as of Oct. 1 2017) on sale for $ .99

24 Game – Math Card Puzzle on the App Store $1.99 Also available daily FREE online.

*Links to free mobile device versions of pick-a-path, equivalent fractions, and others from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics here.

Big Seed is one of my favorites. It develops visual-spatial skills as you flip shapes to cover the presented puzzle. I find it much more challenging than my granddaughter does!

BigSeed on the App Store on iTunes FREE

Matific - Educational Math Games For Kindergarten and Elementary School on the App Store offers hundreds of math activities, grades K-6.

Sushi Monster on the App Store

Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center on the App Store

Daily SET Puzzle on the App Store; alternatively, Combinations on the App Store;

The Daily SET Puzzle | America's Favorite Card Games®

Daily set game puzzle online

http://bit.ly/letstansclassic

There are variations: Classic 2, Contours, Kids ("for the youngest solvers only"), and Silhouette (challenging! the shape you must create is NOT presented at the full size) are available as separate downloads.

GeoGebra on the App Store

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store

Maths bingo (mobile app)

Act like an architect: Draw your bedroom | GreatKids

Math and Children's Literature -- a GREAT resource!

Math Read-aloud Books

List of recommended titles

Fruit fractions | GreatKids

Good Books for Problem-Posing Extensions

Arts/Music/Crafts

Pumpkin Math Estimates (grades 8 or 9)

Halloween Math Worksheets, Exercises for Preschool, Kindergarten, First to Sixth Grades

Christmas Math Worksheets, Exercises for Preschool, Kindergarten, First to Sixth Grades

Christmas Math Worksheets, Exercises for Preschool, Kindergarten, First to Sixth Grades

For starters, go to my blog entry on Mathematics and Literature. You'll find suggestions for books that have mathematics in them available to your learners and ways to guide that math learning.

And, please, read the stories that I have written and posted here:

Yes, That's My Mother!

Not Your Average Halloween

Steps of Wonder

Stuart J Murphy has written a plethora of easy readers for young children that address math topics. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about them, but they do contain pages of activities and games for parents to use to go beyond the stories. His website has free pdfs.

Links verified on October 10, 2018.

This revision of a previously posted story is illustrated by my granddaughter, so it's worth a look even if you saw the original.

Go here: http://mathmarsha.blogspot.com/not-your-average-halloween-updated-with.html

and enjoy!!

Go here: http://mathmarsha.blogspot.com/not-your-average-halloween-updated-with.html

and enjoy!!

My granddaughter just finished illustrating one of my math stories. (The math at the heart of the story is the Fibonacci sequence and the teaching/learning strategy of "Notice and Wonder" is featured.) I hope you'll take a look. She did the artwork in two days. An AMAZING 10-year-old! Enjoy!
http://mathmarsha.blogspot.com/p/steps-of-wonder-free.html …

- Use only REAL practice materials.

The Real ACT (CD) 3rd Edition (Real Act Prep Guide) [Paperback]

Publisher: Peterson's Guides September 6, 2011

ISBN-10: 076893432X

Official SAT Study Guide (2016 Edition) (Official Study Guide for the New Sat)

Publisher: College Board

ISBN-10: 1457304309

- Simulate test conditions when practicing – use an answer sheet, observe time limits, take at least one whole practice test in one sitting.

• Show work next to each item.

• Mark up line numbers in reading passages with connections to questions.

• Cross out eliminated answer choices.

• Mark your answer for each item on the test before recording it on your answer sheet.

Use the code to make good use of time. This will be discussed during the video. Be prepared to take notes!

• Try the answers.

• Plug in numbers.

• Use the diagram for all it’s worth.

• Draw a diagram.

• Don’t make up your own problem.

Use the problems below to practice the strategies. Solve the problems on your own, then watch the video for solutions.

Each of the following questions has five answer choices. For each of the questions, select the best answer choice given.

1. If the length and width of a rectangle are both tripled, the ratio of the area of the original rectangle to the area of the enlarged rectangle is:

(A) 1:3

(B) 1:6

(C) 1:9

(D) 1:8

(E) 2:9

2. At a luncheon table where 12 men are seated, one-half of the men belong to Club A, one-third belong to Club B, and one-fourth belong to both clubs. How many men belong to neither?

(A) 3

(B) 4

(C) 5

(D) 6

(E) 8

3. In December, Elizabeth sold 30 percent more satellite TV subscriptions than she had in November. In January, she sold 20 percent more satellite TV subscriptions than she had in December. The number of satellite TV subscriptions Elizabeth sold was what percent greater in January than in November?

(A) 50

(B) 54

(C) 56

(D) 62

(E) 60

4. The weight of a bag of mangoes plus four more than twice that weight equals 40 pounds. How much, in pounds, does the bag of mangoes weigh?

(A) 10

(B) 12

(C) 14

(D) 16

(E) 20

5. The triangle below is isosceles and is drawn to scale.

What is the measure of angle N ?

A. 22°

B. 68°

C. 78°

D. 79°

E. 89°

6. If x + 2y = 1, and 2x + y = 5, then x + y = ?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

E. 5

Be sure to watch the videos for explanations of the strategies in action.

My Single BEST Test Prep Strategy!

math strategies for the SAT, PSAT, and ACT

My Single BEST Test Prep Strategy!

math strategies for the SAT, PSAT, and ACT

mathmarsha blog: CTD Parent Seminar April 18, 2015 focused on apps for mobile devices

mathmarsha blog: CTD Parent Workshop 11/3/12 addressed math and literature, projects, games, manipulatives, etc.

Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics With activities for children in preschool through grade 5

mathmarsha blog: CTD Parent Workshop 11/3/12 addressed math and literature, projects, games, manipulatives, etc.

Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics With activities for children in preschool through grade 5

High School Math Review Tutorials Problems - a free resource with examples, problems, explantions and exercises. Parents can use these free resources and problems to *help your child learn math.*

Maths activities for children | Family Maths Toolkit has collections of activities for age ranges 3-13. Topics include: around the house, math and money, games, out and about, books and TV. From UK.

Here's an example of an app that's available online from NCTM. It's pitched at grades 3-8, but I wouldn't hesitate to share this with much younger children--it provides an exploration of algebraic thinking about equations using a balance scale:

Pan Balance – Shapes

Here's a screenshot:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you remember LOGO or Turtle Geometry from the early days of home computing, you'll like Turtle Pond. This introduces children as young as pre-K to rudimentary coding.

I also like Pick-a-Path (one of my favorites, suitable, at the higher levels, for grades 3 and up) (and me--I had trouble with this one!)

Several good online games are available at PBS Kids Odd Squad Games. In particular, I liked "Down the Tubes." The underlying math includes number stuff (different sums to make a particular target length of tube) and geometric transformations (turns and flips). The levels build slowly, but eventually get mathematically interesting.

The graphics are sufficiently eye-catching so your child will have the patience to continue to a challenging level.

The game claims it "secretly teaches algebra," which is true, but I think there are advantages to having a parent or teacher ask the occasional question or suggest recording what is happening in the game on paper so the algebra can be made more explicit. A good description of the game variations can be found here: DRAGONBOX ALGEBRA - The game that secretly teaches algebra.

DragonBox Elements - Geometry Proofs on the App Store (iPad $4.99)

Get both: DB Advanced Math Pack on the App Store $9.99 and worth it.

Where to buy DragonBox for Android – Customer Feedback for DragonBox.

**Mystery Math Museum $3.99 on iTunes.** (It has occasionally been offered at no charge. I was lucky that way!) My granddaughter asks to return to this one. I'll show you why I like it enough to spend $ on it.

Greater Gator on the App Store $0.99 Currently (as of Jan. 22, 2018)

24 Game – Math Card Puzzle on the App Store $1.99 Also available daily FREE online.

*Links to free mobile device versions of pick-a-path, equivalent fractions, and others from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics here.

Big Seed is one of my favorites. It develops visual-spatial skills as you flip shapes to cover the presented puzzle. I find it much more challenging than my granddaughter does!

BigSeed on the App Store on iTunes FREE

Sushi Monster on the App Store FREE

Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center on the App Store FREE

Daily SET Puzzle on the App Store FREE (one puzzle per day);

alternatively, Combinations on the App Store FREE; The Daily SET Puzzle | America's Favorite Card Games® (my desktop home page!)

**LetsTans Classic** presents an outline to fill in, the seven tangram pieces in rich colors, and a mechanism (tapping a piece) for rotating. Many puzzles and many play options. I think this is the winner in the category. $0.99. iPad and iPhone.

http://bit.ly/letstansclassic

There are variations: Classic 2, Contours, Kids ("for the youngest solvers only"), and Silhouette (challenging! the shape you must create is NOT presented at the full size) are available as separate downloads.

**Khan Academy**

GeoGebra on the App Store

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store

Get both: DB Advanced Math Pack on the App Store $9.99 and worth it.

Where to buy DragonBox for Android – Customer Feedback for DragonBox.

Greater Gator on the App Store $0.99 Currently (as of Jan. 22, 2018)

24 Game – Math Card Puzzle on the App Store $1.99 Also available daily FREE online.

*Links to free mobile device versions of pick-a-path, equivalent fractions, and others from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics here.

Big Seed is one of my favorites. It develops visual-spatial skills as you flip shapes to cover the presented puzzle. I find it much more challenging than my granddaughter does!

BigSeed on the App Store on iTunes FREE

Sushi Monster on the App Store FREE

Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center on the App Store FREE

Daily SET Puzzle on the App Store FREE (one puzzle per day);

alternatively, Combinations on the App Store FREE; The Daily SET Puzzle | America's Favorite Card Games® (my desktop home page!)

http://bit.ly/letstansclassic

There are variations: Classic 2, Contours, Kids ("for the youngest solvers only"), and Silhouette (challenging! the shape you must create is NOT presented at the full size) are available as separate downloads.

GeoGebra on the App Store

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store

Maths bingo (mobile app)

Crocodile Board Game

Dragon Fire Board game

recommended by a parent in the seminar: ThinkFun Robot Turtles Coding Board Game for Preschoolers

Dragon Fire Board game

recommended by a parent in the seminar: ThinkFun Robot Turtles Coding Board Game for Preschoolers

mathmarsha blog: Math and Literature: Books and Suggestions/Links for How to Use Them

Not Your Average Halloween (a story written by me--you child can provide illustrations)

Math and Children's Literature -- a GREAT resource!

Math Read-aloud Books

List of recommended titles

Fruit fractions | GreatKids

Good Books for Problem-Posing Extensions

Teaching mathematics through literature shows how to use the book*Jumanji* by Chris Van Allsburg to explore probability, for grades 5-6.

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Art

Not Your Average Halloween (a story written by me--you child can provide illustrations)

Math and Children's Literature -- a GREAT resource!

Math Read-aloud Books

List of recommended titles

Fruit fractions | GreatKids

Good Books for Problem-Posing Extensions

Teaching mathematics through literature shows how to use the book

http://www.funmaths.com/fun_math_projects/downloads/valentine's_puzzles.pdf

Activity for high school students.

Activity for high school students.

Pumpkin Math Estimates (grades 8 or 9)

List of mathematics competitions - Wikipedia includes international events

5 Elementary School Math Competitions in US - LogicRoots for grades K-5 and beyond

Top 9 International Math Contests for Gifted Students K-12

American Mathematics Competitions | Mathematical Association of America

Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools

Sample Contest

Sample Contests

wnmathcompetition - Home

Continental Mathematics League – CML

Continental Math League - Mrs. Nordberg

Welcome to the Math League

Math League's Homeschool Contests

Sample 4th Grade Contest from 2004-2005 - Math League

Sample 5th Grade Contest from 2004-2005 - Math League

www.mathleague.com/ml-files/grade_6_2004-05_contest.pdf

MATH LEAGUE GRADE 7 2006.pdf | BetterLesson

Math League Contests (Questions and Answers) Grade 4, 2007-12 for iOS - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

MATHCOUNTS | Fun Math Competition and Club Programs for Middle School Students

For starters, go to my blog entry on Mathematics and Literature. You'll find suggestions for books that have mathematics in them available to your learners and ways to guide that math learning.

And, please, read the story that I have written and posted here Yes, That's My Mother! and let me know what you and your child think of it. So far I have received some useful suggestions for improvement, so I'll be posting a revision when I've had time to mull over the new ideas and create a new version.

Stuart J Murphy has written a plethora of easy readers for young children that address math topics. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about them, but they do contain pages of activities and games for parents to use to go beyond the stories. His website has free pdfs.

Links verified on February 15, 2018.

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- Marsha Landau, Ph.D.
- Evanston, IL, United States
- I am a retired mathematics educator and test preparation expert now doing individual mathematics mentoring with gifted students in grades K-9, usually emphasizing enrichment mathematics but sometimes acceleration as well. My students love mathematics, love to be challenged, love learning, and love the fact that I "get them." I write picture books for children 7-13 years old. The stories have mathematical ideas as central themes and are intended to be read with children by parents and teachers. My goal is to create a site for sharing math education ideas and materials with interested teachers, parents, and students. Contact me at mathmarsha@comcast.net.