Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Providence St. Mel School Parents Workshop October 13, 2018

Parent Resources for Encouraging and Enriching Math at Home

from Ways a Parent Can Help with Math


Websites and Readings for Parents



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.













Technology

ONLINE


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 ToolTessellation 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.

MOBILE DEVICES

NOT free:

DragonBox - Discover the game of Math 

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



Collections












Games







Maths bingo (mobile app)


Everyday Activities





Cooking helps counting!

Act like an architect: Draw your bedroom | GreatKids




Math and Literature

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

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



Holidays and Seasonal






Pumpkin Math Estimates (grades 8 or 9)

Skill Practice


























Problem Solving and Puzzles














BOOKS

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.


How to access Math Expressions online:  start here and follow the directions for your child's grade level book and resources.


Links verified on October 10, 2018.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Another FREE math story--this one with illustrations!

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!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Preparing for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT


STRATEGIES FOR DOING WELL
ON THE ACT & SAT

Marsha Landau, Ph.D.
marsha.landau@gmail.com



  • 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.







WRITE ON THE TEST

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.


CODE EACH ITEM

S Sure

G Guess (only after eliminating at least two of the answer choices)

W Wild guess (when you don’t know enough to eliminate two answer choices)

→ Come back to this one when more time is available
Use the code to make good use of time. This will be discussed during the video. Be prepared to take notes!






STRATEGIES (Math)

• 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


Link to video with solutions and answers.


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



Monday, January 22, 2018

CTD Parent Seminar - Saturday, February 24, 2018

CTD Parent Seminar

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Parent Resources for 

Encouraging and Enriching Math at Home

Dr. Marsha Landau

mathmarsha@comcast.net

from Ways a Parent Can Help with Math


Websites and Readings for Parents



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.










Technology

ONLINE


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.


MOBILE DEVICES

NOT free:

DragonBox - Discover the game of Math 

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


Collections

Games


Everyday Activities

Math and Literature

Arts/Music/Crafts


Holidays and Seasonal


Test Prep for PSAT 8/9


Competitions


Art of Problem Solving   a comprehensive resource

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


Problem Solving and Puzzles


BOOKS

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.


How to access Math Expressions online:  start here and follow the directions for you child's grade level book and resources.


Links verified on February 15, 2018.