Ideas for teaching length

There are many different activities for teaching length. In this blog, I’m sharing a few tasks which not only work, but students actually enjoy. Broken Ruler: Andrea wanted to measure the length of the leaf she had collected for Science. All she could find was a broken ruler. She lined up the ruler and the leaf as shown below. a) Can you say how long the leaf is using the broken […]

Teaching Secondary Math? Get on board with Mr Woo!

Eddie Woo is Head Teacher Mathematics at a public comprehensive high school in Sydney, Australia. Recently he has become a YouTube hit! How did it all begin? Unfortunately, Mr Woo had the experience of teaching a student a few years ago who was very ill and in and out of hospital regularly. He noticed that what the student craved, was to just feel normal, to do normal things, not have appointment […]

Four simple array tasks, which don’t require much preparation

An array is an arrangement of objects, pictures, or numbers in columns and rows. In mathematics, they are useful representations of multiplication concepts. For example, 3 x 4 = 12 can be shown in an array of 3 rows and 4 columns equals 12 in total.  There are many ways to teach arrays but here are four activities which students really enjoy. Teaching arrays idea 1: When you ask students to sit on the […]

Addition websites which require higher order thinking skills

There are many interactive websites online for students to practice addition. However, many are simply drill and practice. Below is a list of some free websites which require students to use higher order thinking skills. Please note, they all require flash in order to work. 1. Addition Wheel: Students are required to drag and drop numbers in order to solve the challenges. 2. Button Beach Challenge: (created by Ambleside C.E […]

Tangram video, online resources and apps for free

Having taught Tangrams for years, I was very excited this week to find the Tangram video below called ‘The Sage’s Journey’. Below are some iPad apps: Super Mosaic For Kids:  This app costs $0.99. It introduces younger students to the concept of matching shapes to spaces (basic puzzles). TanZen Lite: This app is free, has a naturalistic look and students like the background music. This is my favourite free tangram […]

Free algebra dice iPad apps

Sorry android users, I couldn’t find the equivalent. Einstein Cubes, created by Mantiz Game Studios is an intuitive free iPad puzzle app that challenges students’ mathematical-logic abilities. A number of dice are rolled (depending on the level that students are up to) and students are required to place the dice and number functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) in the correct order to complete the number sentence and reach the […]

Darren Carstens’ apps and online activity prototypes

Daren Carstens founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs illustrates, and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for over 20 years and had created some awesome maths apps and online activity prototypes. For those of you who don’t have iPads at school but you have interactive smartboards, you can access Daren Carsten’s online activity prototypes for free. There are seven visually challenging […]

Math & Science apps for Year 3-6 students

Meteor Math ($0.99) Players need “crash” meteors together to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division equations through increasingly harder problems. A great way to improve student’s rapid recall of number facts. BallFallDown (free) Students construct their own marble run using classic pieces like wooden boards and spinning stars, and discover never-before seen pieces like teleporters, spouts and many others! There are no points or levels to this game. Instead, students […]

Programming Math using the Australian Curriculum

I have nearly finished a year’s worth of programs for my Year 3 class using the Australian Curriculum. I have created overview documents, unit plans and assessment rubrics. Yes, it has taken a long time. However, I thought I would share the programming format which I have used in case any one else would like to use it. I have created a video demonstration below and I have uploaded a […]