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Money and Temperature Estimation Skills

In the previous posts within this series, you learned about various activities to help practice various estimation skills.  Money values and temperatures are real-life examples of when we use rounding and are important skills for children to learn.  When estimating money, they can predict how much something with cost or how much everything will cost in all.  For temperature, they can estimate to the

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Estimation with Sums, Differences, Products, Quotients

Estimation with Sums, Differences, Products, Quotients To build upon our first post in this series about estimating, we are going to go one step further by outlining activities for practicing the skills of estimation with sums, difference, products, and quotients.  In this sort of practice, your child can round up or down based upon the whole numbers and then calculate the answer to the

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Simplifying Statistics – Mean

Simplifying Statistics In this series on statistics you will learn about various strategies to implement at home to help your child to master the skills of calculating the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of numbers. Mean The mean is when you add up all of the numbers in the set and then divide by how many numbers you added together.  This

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Estimation and Rounding Hands-on Activities

In this series on estimation and rounding, you will learn about methods to teach your children about how to estimate and round through hands-on activities.  These are important skills to learn, that as adults, we use in our everyday lives.  It is also a recurring topic that is covered in almost every grade level of math from first grade through high school. Learning to

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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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Basketball Statistics – Math in Sports

Math in Sports: Basketball Statistics Math can be found in every area of life including sports.  Children will enjoy using math to find their own statistics for the sports they play. Basketball is a popular winter sport for children of all ages. Finding common basketball statistics for themselves and their teammates is a fun way to reinforce math concepts. Total Points Per Game Children

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Helping Students Follow Directions in Math

Helping Students Follow Directions in Math Continuing on the theme of areas where children struggle in math and how to help, one of the areas of weakness is in the ability to follow directions in math.  Reading directions and listening to verbal directions are key in being successful in solving math problems.  Depending on what the directions are, students may be asked to round

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Baseball Statistics – Math in Sports

Baseball Statistics Team sports are fun and exciting for many children.  However, they can also be used to review math concepts that children tend to struggle with.  Our last post in this series talked about how soccer statistics use math.  Baseball is another sport filled with statistics.  Children who play baseball will enjoy coming home and finding out for themselves their own baseball statistics

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Building Strength in Computation Skills

Computation Skills are Essential One area where students may struggle in math is in computation.  Computation skills are essential to being able to solve math problems.  Children need to learn to be able to compute both mentally and when using a calculator.  The faster and more accurate their skills, the easier it will be to solve multiple-step and more complex problems. Frequent and Repetitive

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