Additional Math Pages & Resources

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child

The theme for the 2015 Week of the Young Child™ is Celebrating Our Youngest Learners! However, the National Association for the Education of Young Children's theme for WOYC is a suggestion rather than a mandate.

Children learn so much as they sing, count, play instruments, bang pots and pans, prepare food with their families, build with blocks, paint (even with water), create art projects, wash dishes, splash in the tub, watch objects sink or float, dig in sand, tend a garden, water plants, jump in leaves and feel the grass between their toes.

Here are some additional ideas to spark the creative juices in young children from infants to toddlers and preschoolers: http://www.naeyc.org/woyc/activity-resources

Excel Math lessons are filled with creative ideas to spark the interest of young children and help them succeed in math.

Lessons begin with Kindergarten, and a Pre-Kindergarten edition is available for Summer School to help youngsters prepare for the school year.

Activities include sorting, counting and cardinality, creating numbers with various art materials, clapping and stomping, finding patterns, recognizing coins, tracing numbers, and much more.

Take a look at lesson samples in three versions:
Here's a student lesson sheet from Excel Math Kindergarten:
Excel Math Kindergarten Student Lesson Sheet
Here are just a few of the reasons these math lessons work so well for young students:


Kindergarten Exercise
Kindergarten Exercise from Excel Math
Creative Exercises 
Exercises are provided after every five days of lessons.

They are designed to be fun to do and to reinforce the math concepts the students are learning.

Exercises might include coloring by number, following a maze, tracing a path through a number grid, counting by tens in teams, comparing attributes of shapes, finding shapes in the classroom, sorting objects of different lengths and lots more.



Hands-On Resources
Manipulatives (printable resources) are included on the Excel Math Student Lesson Sheets, in the back of the Teacher Edition and online.

Some manipulatives are reproducible masters that the students can use to make 3-D objects, picture cards to sort and classify, visuals and counters to cut apart for math story problems, and lots more.

Using these masters, students begin to add and subtract using Ten Frames, create composite shapes with smaller shapes, form patterns, count objects, decompose numbers, and play math games.


Shapes Cube

Creative Activities 
Activities are included every 6-10 lessons.

These hands-on mini-lessons may reinforce a concept taught a few days before or teach something that is not easily communicated with pencil and paper work.

Activities often involve students moving out of their seats or creating things from craft supplies.

Excel Math provides lots of opportunities for young children to experience hands-on learning. 
Excel Math lessons give teachers the resources they need to help every child succeed and achieve (at high levels) in elementary mathematics.

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Financial Awareness for Students

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Financial Awareness for Students

Since April is Financial Awareness month, we thought we'd give you some teaching ideas for bringing financial awareness to your math classroom.

Excel Math lessons provide lots of opportunities for students to learn about coins, dollars, decimals, making change, solving word problems dealing with money, calculating unit cost, etc.

Excel Math Teacher Editions are also available in versions for:
Excel Math Coin Comparison Chart
Our Grades 1 - 6 Excel Math Texas Teacher Editions include a reproducible Budget Worksheet to help students develop a system for keeping and using financial records and to learn to balance a budget when expenses exceed income.

Older students learn to calculate interest, sales tax, and percents. Feel free to give each of your students a few coins and the Coin Dimensions Chart on the right so they can compare the various attributes of the coins. (Click to Read more for the downloadable chart.)

Ask a few of the following questions:

Which coin is widest? (half dollar)
Which is smallest? (dime)
Which is thickest? (nickel)
Which coin probably weighs more? (half dollar)
Which is worth more? (dollar coin)
Which is made of copper? (penny)

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Visit Excel Math in Orlando

Be sure to stop by the Excel Math booth at the NCEA 2015 Convention in Orlando April 6-9.

Bob and Brad will have samples of the newest Excel Math materials on display. And you'll be able to enjoy sunsets such as these.


In addition, you can pick up a piece of chocolate at the Excel Math booth #526.

Plus you will be able to  browse through the newest Excel Math materials. Excel Math is available in three versions:
  • Common Core Edition
  • Texas Edition
  • Standard (Non Common Core) Edition

You can help your students succeed in mathematics skills with Excel Math for Kindergarten through Grade 6. 
 
If your state is teaching to the Common Core Standards, order our Excel Math Common Core Teacher Edition. 
If you are teaching to the new TEKS, order our Texas Excel Math Teacher Edition. 
If you are in a non-Common Core state or school, you can use our Excel Math Standard Teacher Edition.
Whichever edition you use, your students will receive the benefit of our proven CheckAnswer system, unique spiraling process, and math lessons that really work! 
 
Find out more about the convention or register to attend at http://www.ncea.org/convention/convention-and-expo
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Visit Excel Math at the ASCD Convention in Houston

On March 21, administrators and educators from around the country will gather in beautiful Houston, Texas for the ASCD Convention & Exhibit Show.

Excel Math will be there, too.

Be sure to stop by Booth #646 at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Level 1) in Houston and say hello to Bob and Brad. They will be handing out chocolate and showing off the newest Excel Math materials. Bring your questions!

Warm up in Houston at the ASCD Convention.

You can see a very cool interactive map of the exhibit hall and find out how to get to the Excel Math booth on the ASCD Convention website.

This year the convention theme is Challenging Convention//Leading Disruptive Innovations.
According to the conference program,
"We have a civic responsibility to address the global challenges we face. Will you have the courage to act collectively to create disruptive innovations? Will you challenge the conventional? Will you break ineffective patterns? Will you break down boundaries that limit transformation and sustainability?
Without disruptive innovation, there is no transformational change."
You can make a transformational change in your students' mathematics skills with Excel Math for Kindergarten through Grade 6. 

If your state is teaching to the Common Core Standards, order our Excel Math Common Core Teacher Edition. 

If you are teaching to the new TEKS, order our Texas Excel Math Teacher Edition. 

If you are in a non-Common Core state (or school), you can use our Excel Math Standard Teacher Edition.

Whichever edition you use, your students will receive the benefit of our proven CheckAnswer system, unique spiralling process, and math lessons that really work! 

Read more . . .
 
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Math Ideas

Help your students celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these creative math teaching ideas.

Begin with this fun shamrock math facts bulletin board. Use it for either addition, subtraction, multiplication or division of whole numbers, decimals or fractions.

With Excel Math, students learn math concepts that spiral back into the lessons and Guided Practice on a regular basis, using spaced repetition. Students also get lots of practice with basic math facts so they begin to feel comfortable with math and gain confidence as they succeed.

Download the shamrock patterns and instructions on our website: http://www.excelmath.com/downloads/bulletinboards.html
Then let your students solve the math facts shown on the shamrocks.

For Timed Basic Fact Practice on the computer, try our ArithmAttack game. Your students can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division or a combination of all four.

Then insert toothpicks into large marshmallows to form a handle. Dip each marshmallow in chocolate and let harden (or let your students spread the marshmallows with hazelnut or chocolate spread).

Pipe a ribbon of green around the base of the marshmallow (wait until the chocolate dries, if you use chocolate coating).
Drop the toothpick through the center of a chocolate-covered cookie with a hole in the middle so the marshmallow sits on the top of the chocolate coating. Remove the toothpick by pulling it out of the marshmallow and through the hole in the cookie.


To make shamrocks, place three green mint chips in a triangle shape on a piece of wax paper, so the mints touch. 

Microwave for 1 minute, spread the mints together using a toothpick, then microwave another 30 seconds. Continue heating for 30 seconds more, if needed, spreading the mints together to form a stem. Let cool. 

Remove the clovers from wax paper when hard and place above the green rim on the marshmallow to form a decoration on the hat. Let your students eat the hats after successfully completing their Guided Practice or Basic Math Facts sheet. You could also provide chocolate or paper gold coins if you prefer not to make the snack. Feel free to give each student a Shamrock from the patterns below to decorate the hat if you don't have time to melt mints.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

It's Digital Learning Day in the Math Classroom!

Digital Learning Day, presented by the Alliance for Excellent Education and other national educational associations and organizations, including  ALA's American Association of School Librarians (AASL) calls on teachers, schools, principals, community leaders, parents and students to celebrate innovative teaching practices that encourage digital learning.

The goal is to make learning more personalized and engaging and encourage exploration of how digital learning can provide more students with more opportunities to get the skills they need to succeed in college, career and life.

Watch how teachers, school leaders and district teams across the country are successfully implementing digital learning strategies for the twenty-first century. Watch videos and read more at http://www.digitallearningday.org

With Excel Math, students learn math concepts that spiral back into the lessons on a regular basis, using spaced repetition. Excel Math worksheets encourage students to write answers to problems as well as how they arrived at the answers, helping students retain math concepts in long-term memory.

Excel Math Projectable Lesson
Teachers use Projectable Lessons on CD to focus as a class on the lesson of the day using whiteboards or electronic boards where students can show their work to the entire class.

Timed Basic Fact Practice give students a chance for basic math fact practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division or a combination of all four.

Read more . . . 

Questions about Excel Math? Give us a call at 1-866-866-7026. When you call between the hours of 8:00 and 4:30 Monday through Friday (West Coast Time), a friendly person will answer the phone to help you.

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Leave a comment in the box below to let us know how you celebrate digital learning in your class.