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Hello! This time, we look at students struggling in math, equivalent fractions, challenging word problems for middle school, and more.
~Maria
1. Math Mammoth news
2. How to help a student who is behind in math
3. A resource for challenging problems for middle school
4. Equivalent fractions worksheets with pictures
5. Tidbits
1. Math Mammoth news
Math Mammoth Grade 4 aligned to the Common Core standards is coming soon—I expect by October 10! Stay tuned.
2. How to help a student who is behind in math
I've revised an older article of mine, in the which I discuss some general principles in helping students that are behind in math:
1. Test and assess
2. Line up the concepts or areas of study
3. Plan
4. Should you go on with new concepts or not?
5. Suggestion for review worktexts
1. Test and assess
If you have been the teacher, you probably have an idea of the student's weak areas, but knowing for sure is much better than guesswork. By testing you will be sure to catch ALL the areas that are weak. This is important since mathematics builds upon earlier concepts.
You can download readymade assessment tests from a variety of sources:
Continue reading: How to help a student who is behind in math
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3. A resource for challenging problems for middle school
Want to do some problem solving?
MathCounts Handbook for 20122013 not only includes information about their programs, but also creative and fun 300 problems to work! Answers are included as well.
You could use these problems as challenging word problems or for problem solving workouts, not only for grades 68, but I'm sure for high school as well, since they are (mostly) not your typical math book problems but require some thinking.
Here's a direct link to the Handbook: http://mathcounts.org/document.doc?id=886
If that doesn't work, go to the
program's home page and scroll down to see the link to MathCounts Handbook.
4. Equivalent fractions worksheets with pictures
A recent addition to my site Homeschoolmath.net...
free worksheets for equivalent fractions with pie images (or not... they're optional).
There are five problem types to choose from:
 Two fractions are given with 2 empty pie images to color in (e.g. 3/5 = 6/10).
 There are 2 pie images that are already colored; the student writes both fractions.
 Two pie images are given, one colored in, one not; the student writes both fractions.
 There are 2 pie images to color, one fraction is given, one not (e.g. 4/5 = ____ / ____)
 Problems without any visual model; the student writes the missing numerator or denominator in one of the fractions (e.g. 2/3 = ____ /12).
These are meant for grades 3 and 4 in the Common Core standards.
5. Tidbits
 Free access to Mathletics
For bloggers: I was told this free offer will end in the end of October so you can still take part. Click the link above for details.
Also, anyone can get $10 off Mathletics with promocode Home2012 (case sensitive) till end of October.
 A deep dive into the multiplication table
Rainbows in the table, stars in the table, average of the numbers in the table, and other neat things you didn't know about the times table chart!
 Converting fractions, decimals and percents foldable (minilapbook)
Actually two different foldables for the different types of rational number conversions (fractions, decimals and percents), where one requires more work from the student, and the other is pretyped (for lower achieving students).
 Get Your Kids to Listen the First Time!
"My child doesn't listen the first time" is the number one parenting complaint in the US. If your kids aren't listening, you'll want to attend a complimentary teleclass "Three Essential Strategies for Getting Your Kids to Listen" presented by Parent Coach Toni Schutta. It's happening in early Oct. so save your spot now.
 A trigonometry joke
You might have seen this... includes Bill Cosby.
 A visual representation of imaginary solutions
A neat way to visualize the complex roots of a quadratic equation.
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Till next time,
Maria Miller