Additional Math Pages & Resources

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Base Ten Pumpkins for 10/10

Celebrate today's date of 10/10 with Base Ten Pumpkin Cards, a Free download for your class.

Print a set of cards for each student or have them share the cards.

Provide acorns, pumpkin seeds, buttons or raisins for counters.

Or have each student cut the pumpkin shapes from an extra set of cards.

Help your students practice addition, subtraction and counting on.
Pumpkin Seeds

This is a great way to welcome in the harvest season with math!

Complete instructions and colorful patterns are included in the Free Base Ten Cards PDF file.

You may want to roast some extra pumpkin seeds and salt them slightly so your students can snack on the seeds while doing the math.

Excel Math lessons for Kindergarten through Grade 6 have an intricate spiraling process that helps math concepts "stick".

Students learn math for the long term when they use Excel Math.

And because math concepts stay in front of students on a regular basis, they are able to retain concepts from week to week, month to month, and year to year without drill and kill and without having to cram for the test.

Schools using Excel Math see test scores rise, even the first year after Excel Math is used.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Every Day Should Be World Teachers' Day!


October 5 is World Teachers' Day, a time set aside to honor and thank teachers.

According to recent research, top-notch teachers help students succeed.

This comes as no surprise to most educators.

Effective teachers can boost the test scores of students who have previously struggled.

However, one day a year just doesn't seem enough to properly thank those individuals who have mentored and guided a generation or more of our children.
Here at Excel Math, every day gives us a chance to recognize educators.

This month we're giving teachers a FREE Glossary of Math Terms in English and Spanish to thank you for the time and effort you spend educating, nurturing and challenging students.

Feel free to copy the Glossary for your students and colleagues.

Let us know how long you've been teaching and what ages you teach in the comments box below.  Continue reading . . .

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Relax with a Book for Math Storytelling Day

Monday, September 25 is Math Storytelling Day.

A great day to pick a favorite book, sit back and relax.

Or, if you happen to be teaching, choose a fun book about math or numbers to share with your students.

This is a day set aside to read and tell stories about anything to do with math.

Here are a few books for the younger crowd:

  • Math Curse
  • Inch by Inch
  • One Grain of Rice
  • The Greedy Triangle
  • A Remainder of One,
  • A Place for Zero
  • Measuring Penny
  • The Grapes of Math
  • How Big Is a Million?
  • Sir Cumference,
  • Anno's Magic Seeds
  • Even Steven and Odd Todd
  • Mouse Count
  • Fish Eyes
Older children might enjoy:
  • Encyclopedia Brown myteries (you solve them)
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Magic Treehouse stories
Teens or preteens as well as adults may find some math gems in these books:

The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner
Agatha Christie mysteries 
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Sherlock Holmes adventures by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And students who want to learn more about math and begin to develop a deeper understanding of pre-algebra and middle school math will enjoy Kiss My Math and other books by Danica McKellar.

Pick some of these or any book that tells a math story and share it (or a chapter) with your students.

You may also want to have your class try some multi-paragraph word problems. Excel Math includes Create A Problem exercises on the Student Lesson Sheets for Grades 2-6 about once a week, on the back of tests. Here's one from Grade 5:
Excel Math Create A Problem Grade 5
Do these expanded word problems together as a class to help your students develop techniques for solving word problems and then begin writing some of their own.

Take a look at samples on the Excel Math website: Sample Lessons
Click on the word Problem in the chart to take a look at Create A Problem samples at each grade level.

For math lessons that really work, visit Excel Math online.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Celebrating Pythagorean Theorem Day!


Any day is a good time to celebrate math, but today's date can actually be written as a mathematical theorem!

Pythagorean Theorem Day occurs any time the date aligns to the Pythagorean Theorem. 

This theorem suggests that for any right triangle with with sides of length a, b and c: 
a2 + b2 = c2

The date Aug. 15, 2017, when written as 8 - 15 - 17, can be used to form the triangle side lengths 8, 15 and 17. 

We can use those lengths to write the Pythagorean Theorem: 
82 + 152 = 172

Check this by doing the math to see if the solution is correct: 64 + 225 = 289
Can you figure out when the last Pythagorean Theorem Day was held? 

See below for the answer.

Can you guess when the next one will be?

With Excel Math, students gain confidence in math. Math concepts build on each other in an intricate spiraling process.

This approach helps students see that math concepts are related and progressive.



Excel Math lessons introduce students to new concepts while reviewing previously-taught concepts. These proven lessons give students an opportunity to master the old, while being challenged with the new.

Students work with a variety of math concepts each day. They tackle a variety of word problems. They learn to evaluate and solve problems, rather than perform algorithms by rote.

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Take a look at sample lessons and download sample packs on our website.


The last Pythagorean Theorem Day was just last year: 1/15/16
The next one will be in three years: 12/16/20

How are you celebrating Pythagorean Theorem Day? Share your ideas in the comment box.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Excel Math!