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Playing with Ordinal Numbers – Math Activities

Ordinal numbers are the words that tell what order objects are in.  First, second, third, fourth, and fifth are the first five ordinal numbers.  While counting is often mastered early by children, it takes longer for children to grasp ordinal numbers.  This means that children should spend more time practicing them.  The good news is that it is easy to use toys to practice

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Fun with Pictographs

A pictograph uses a small picture of some kind to symbolize a number of items.  Being able to read a pictograph is a concept learned early on in elementary math, but it can be a bit confusing at first.  Practicing with pictographs at home can make the concept more hands-on and easier to understand. How To Make a Pictograph Divide a paper into columns

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Practicing Cost with Christmas Catalogs

Christmas season is upon us again, and if your house is anything like mine, you are overflowing with sales flyers.  The flyers are full of fun toys and interesting games and gadgets for kids.  Instead of trying to hide those flyers from your children, why not use them to practice finding the true cost of an item. The True Cost with Sales Tax Children

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Number Sense: Deconstructing Numbers

There are many things involved in developing number sense such as learning about place value, number word, and comparing numbers.  Another aspect of number sense is deconstructing numbers. Deconstructing numbers means being able to see a number in terms of other numbers that can be put together to form that number.  There are several ways to practice this concept. Base 10 Frames A base

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Number Sense: Comparing Numbers

Number sense is the ability to understand the relationship between numbers.  It involves knowing place value and recognizing number words.  Another concept that increases number sense is comparing numbers with each other. Comparing Basics When a child compares numbers, they are deciding if a number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number.  Special math symbols are used to indicate these relationships.

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Practicing Number Words – Number Sense

Another important aspect of place value is the ability to recognize and write numbers in words.  We touched on this a little in the post on place value.  Children need to be able to read words written in number form, not just in school but in life as well. Simple Number Words Children should start by being able to read and recognize the simple

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Mastering Place Value – Number Sense

Children of all ages need to develop a quality known as number sense.  Number sense involves understanding how numbers relate to each other.  One important aspect of number sense is mastering place value. Place Value Defined Place value is breaking down each digit in a number into its true value.  For example, the number 273 has a 2 in the hundreds place, a 7

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Graphing with an Atlas

Graphing in math class can seem like an abstract concept that a child will never use again.  However graphing is used frequently in real life.  One way that the concept of graphing is commonly used is in reading a map.  You can give your child real life graphing practice by using an atlas. Start with Graphing Basics When reading a graph in math class,

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Football Statistics – Math in Sports

Team sports are a great way to use math in a real life situation.  Kids often see math as an unnecessary evil.  It can be helpful to show them that math is used by many people in many professions.  One way that math is used in sports is to figure out player and team statistics.  So far, we have discussed finding soccer, baseball, and

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Rounding Numbers – Review Strategies

One of the strategies emphasized in elementary math classes is the ability to round numbers.  In rounding, numbers are changed to a number that is either larger or smaller depending on which it is closer too.  Because rounding numbers can seem abstract (especially as the numbers get larger), it can be a difficult task for students to master. There are several ways to teach

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