Ideas for Math Success
Create flashcards at home using index cards. Write the addition or subtraction problem on the front and the answer on the back.
Math War Card Game
Play Math War using flashcards with only the problem written on them (not the answers). Flip cards face down in a pile and divide the pile up between the players. Be sure to keep the cards face down. At the same time, each player turns over the top card in their deck and answers the math problem. Whoever has the highest answer number gets to take all the cards that were flipped over. If it is a tie, the two players with the same answer each flip over another card. The winner of the second flip gets to take all the cards flipped over. Repeat until all the cards in a player's deck have been flipped over. The winner has the most cards in his or her pile.
Write one addition or subtraction problem (without the answer) on an end of a popsicle stick. Make approximately 20 popsicle sticks with math problems. On one popsicle stick write Zap It at one end. Place all popsicle sticks with the number side down in a cup. Take turns pulling out a stick and answering the math problem. If you get the answer correct, you keep the stick in your pile. If you get it wrong, the popsicle stick goes back in the cup. If you get the Zap It stick, you must put all your popsicle sticks back in the cup.
Real Life Applications
Point out different ways we use math in our every day life. Examples include: Reading the time on a clock (not a digital clock) when it is time for dinner, favorite television show, bedtime, etc. Count money before making a purchase or handing out allowances. Count the change received after a purchase. Read the different measurements needed in a recipe and have your child help with these measurements. Go on a shape hunt in your house or neighborhood and make a list of all the different shapes you see. Make a graph with your child and have your child ask family or friends what they like or do not like. Your child can then graph the results.
Useful WebsitesenVisions Math Program:
http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.comFun Brain math games:
http://www.funbrain.com/brain/MathBrain/MathBrain.htmlProblem Solving with Max:
Math Magicain (test your math skills against the clock):
Brain Pop Jr:
Basic addition and subtraction practice:
Math Baseball (you can select the level of difficulty):
Ghost Blasters (additon with regrouping):
http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/Ghostblasters3/ghostadd3.htmlGhost Blasters (subtraction with regrouping):
Even Ghost Blasters (find the even numbers):
Odd Ghost Blasters (find the odd numbers):
http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/GhostblastersOdd/ghostodd.htmlSequence Ghost Blasters (find missing numbers in a sequence):
Find the Sum Ghost Blasters:
http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/ghostblasters2/gb2nores.htmlStarship Math Games:
Printable Math Games:
http://www.madras.fife.sch.uk/maths/games/Create Your Own Math Game:
http://www.oswego.org/staff/cchamber/techno/games.htmMax's Math Adventures:
Around the World in 80 Seconds: