We believe conceptual understanding is not built in one or two days. Conceptual understanding is developed after repeated exposure to a mathematical idea with students having the opportunity to engage in productive struggle and to apply their knowledge in new ways. Each day, through practicing skills, working on real-world problems, experiencing productive struggle, having rich conversations using academic vocabulary and reflecting on our learning, we move toward conceptual understanding.
The Six DO’s for Families and Their Math Students
- Be positive
- Link mathematics with daily life
- Make mathematics fun
- Learn about mathematics-related careers
- Have high expectations for your students
- Support homework—don’t do it!
This document about how to ask powerful questions in math can easily be adapted to the home. Take a look: Asking Effective Questions
All students have access to the GOMath! portal on ThinkCentral (http://www-k6.thinkcentral.com). On this site, students can review what they learned in school that day, watch videos explaining important concepts, and more. Click here (How to Log Onto GOMath for Parents) for details on how to log into ThinkCentral. If you need your child’s log-in information, please contact his or her teacher or Ms. Koatz at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/math From basic arithmetic to advanced calculus and everything in between, The Khan Academy is filled with nearly 3,000 videos on a wide range of topics.
Discovery Education – Videos on Math Basics
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/math/math_homework_help.html On this web site, the Discovery channel has put together kid-friendly videos that help explain math concepts to students.
Allmath http://www.allmath.com There’s a flashcard section, several useful metric conversion tools, a math glossary and a multiplication table, among other offerings.
FunBrain Math Arcade http://www.funbrain.com/brain/MathBrain/MathBrain.html “Math Baseball” and “Math Car Racing” are only two of the 25 educational games you can play at FunBrain! The first time you go, click on “New to Math Arcade?”
Primary Math Games http://www.primarygames.com/math.htm
From “Dress Up Math” to “Spending Spree” to “What Time is it”, this is a valuable site for practicing math skills through games.
Math Forum – Ask Dr. Math – Elementary School Level http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/drmath.elem.html Directions on how to solve problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, fractions, decimals, geometric shapes, square roots, units of measure, puzzles, and word problems are at this math mega site.
Mathcats http://www.mathcats.com An impressive site with many interactive math activities. Mathcats is billed as: “A site for children that promotes open-ended and playful explorations of important math concepts…” Try the magic chalkboard section for a daily math problem. There’s also a section for “older cats” where parents (and teachers!) can get info on approaches to math teaching at home and a selection of activities.
How Time Works http://www.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/time.htm Find out why there are sixty seconds in a minute and twenty-four hours in a day, learn what am and pm mean, and discover why telling time is so important.
If you come across a great math web site, please let Ms. Koatz (email@example.com) know so that she can add it to the list. If you want to download a PDF with all the sites, click here: math resources on web-141hgov