|With R10 and I8 I played a game called Biggest and Smallest. They had to roll the dice and create math problems from the numbers that came up.|
|I modified R10's game so she could practice multiplying two digit number together quickly. The basic idea of the game is to make your dice roll into a two digit number to calculate either a product or the original game involves a difference.|
|We play a lot of low key, skill targeting games from Games for Math by Peggy Kaye. Run! Don't walk to get yourself a copy.|
|J5 received glow-in-the-dark Wiki Stix for Christmas and to that order I added some number and letter activities for Wiki Stix. Here is making a number 4 with a stix.|
|Though I showed him how easy it would be two Stix, he insisted on getting the job done with one. And here we have it. Success! Although, generally we teach a closed four so I'll have to come back to this one.|
I typically set out work for the kids to do at the same time. Sometimes it relates- meaning it is the same set of math skills/concepts at various levels. This week, I worked on introducing some new things while having the kids practice some things they need work on. For example, R10 doesn't do well with timed math problem sets. This week I had her do two. Not that I'm a fan, but her computation suffered on her last IOWA test simply because she ran out of time. So, every now and then I have her do timed sets to see if we can improve things a bit.
I8 is beginning on the road to memorizing his multiplication tables. I gave him a chart and he was on his way with problems. I also had him do some drills with addition and subtraction. Where do I get the drills? It is true that I'm a Math on the Level user, but for those of you who have not been around a long time we were Horizons users for years. I have K through 6 materials (the entire Horizons program) and well...I still pull them out to use them now and then!
E12 is working with the pre-Algebra pretty hard at this point. I'm hoping to begin Algebra I within the next few months. I think he's ready and we need a goal so I'm on it!
It was a good week and I'm hoping for more in the coming weeks as we settle down and continue to focus. We have a lot of things on tap for math fun so as always, stay tuned!