Math

Everyday Number Stories

Everyday Number Stories (PDF ebook)

Here’s a wonderful math problem book, filled with with delightful nostalgic illustrations from a long ago, simpler America (which the teacher probably will enjoy even more than the students), along with a host of practical, down-to-earth, and progressively more difficult arithmetic problems.

Very well done… This would be a great supplemental book for just about any elementary math program for students in grades 2-5.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac!

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The Arithmetic Fairy (Audio story)

 

The Arithmetic Fairy by E. Nesbit (MP3 audiobook reading)

Today we have a DELIGHTFUL Audiobook reading of this  fairy tale written by English writer E. Nesbit (author of “The Railway Children”, “Five Childen and It”), which comes from her 1901 book “Nine Unlikely Tales for Children”.

Young Edwin is an English schoolboy who deplores his daily mathematics class assignment.  He wishes he could easily solve the problems he faces each day… and quite to his surprise, finds his wish is answered by the “Arithmetic Fairy”.  However, as he soon finds out, these correct answers come at a very frustrating – and hilarious – price.

This delightful story will appeal to any student who has struggled with math… or loves a good “fairy tale”. A great audiobook reading by Cori Samuels! (23 minutes)

To download this mp3 audio story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.
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Classic Cartoon Math Puzzles by Sam Loyd

Here’s a link to over two dozen classic cartoon puzzles & brain-teasers, from a fellow named Samuel Loyd (January 31, 1841 – April 10, 1911), perhaps Americas greatest ever puzzle maker, who invented and refined thousands of puzzles in his lifetime.This batch of puzzles from the Math is Fun website includes Word puzzles, rebuses, tangrams and math puzzles for your enjoyment.

Once you go through these, you’ll also want to visit their other pages (menu is at the top of the linked page below) and check out their measuring puzzles, puzzle games, logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, numbering puzzles, card puzzles, Einstein puzzles, and more. It’s a great site for math fun!

Click here to go to the site!

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Dad’s Worksheets

Over the past 13 years, Dad’s Worksheets.com has created over 9000 printable math worksheets, logic puzzles and math games for students at every level — and makes them available free for printing or downloading on their website. Just about any mathematics topic you can think of can be found here, including all the core math skills, number patterns, measurement & conversions, word problems, geometry, rounding numbers, factorization, and on and on. All worksheets can be printed or saved to PDF.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

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The Manual of Mathematical Magic

Mathematics and magic may seem a strange combination, but many of the most powerful magical effects performed today have a mathematical basis. Math is also the secret behind the technologies we use, the products we buy and the jobs we do.

The Manual of Mathematical Magic is packed full of magical miracles to impress and entertain your friends. The secrets behind street magic, close-up and stage tricks are explained clearly with instructions and videos to help you perform them perfectly. Then you can learn about the math behind the trick and discover how that same mathematics is used to power our modern world and numerous careers.

“Our goal is to help more students engage with Mathematics. Magic tricks get the students excited and then we show them the mathematical principles that make the whole trick hang together. We also reveal how the same Mathematics underpins everything from medical scans to sending text messages.”

Talk about “hands on” math… this fascinating guide is a great learning (and fun) resource for students grade 6 and up.

Click here to go to the download page.

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Simple Math Games

HelpingWithMath.com offers loads of simple math games for elementary grade students. The games here are not filled with lots of hyper animation and distractions, and have solid learning value. Games include times tables, place value, rounding, ordering numbers, skip counting, fractions, and many more. If you’re doing elementary level math, you will probably find several games here you can incorporate into your homeschool for reviewing lessons and some educational fun.

They also have a huge collection of worksheets, flash cards, and other printable resources to help teach and reinforce math concepts. No login or account required.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

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The Arithmetic Primer

Today we have this excellent vintage arithmetic primer by Frank Hall for grades 1 and 2, outlining two full years of concepts, lessons and examples for younger students.

From the introduction:

The Primer of Arithmetic is not made up mainly of graded miscellaneous problems. It is built on a plan. Each four-page group constitutes the larger unit of the plan. Twenty-seven presentations of this gradually changing unit make up the book. In the first eleven groups the page units are as follows:
1st page – New number facts
2nd page – Number facts applied to linear measurements
3rd page – Number facts applied to surface measurements
4th page – The “Elementary Spiral” (a problem in each of the five fundamental processes), followed by miscellaneous problems
In the remainder of the book, the 1st and 4th pages of each group are similar to the corresponding pages of the first eleven groups. The 2nd page teaches the application of primary facts to the larger numbers. The 3rd page deals with solid, surface, linear, and capacity measurements.

Great guide for introducing arithmetic to primary students!

To download this PDF scanned from the original text, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your Mac.

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Bedtime Math

Bed Time Math‘s motto is  “Making math a fun part of kid’s everyday lives.”

This neat site offers an intriguing daily article along with math problems for three levels of learners. It’s a fun change of pace and a painless way to challenge your kids with a fun problem each day. And it doesn’t HAVE to be at bedtime. Any convenient time you want to add a little math to your day will work.

From the website description:

Don’t sweat it.  Bedtime Math hopes to be part of your daily routine, but if you’re having one of those days that started with the toilet overflowing, don’t worry.  Bedtime Math problems are here when you want them, when you’re ready.

It’s not official.  Bedtime Math isn’t an official “curriculum.”  It’s just a fun chance for kids to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.

Take it by the horns.  While Bedtime Math loves mental math, it’s totally cool to use paper and pencil when needed.  And if your child wants to tackle a harder BMP, go for it!  You can walk your kids through the steps if they’re stuck, and they’ll be excited to wrestle hard with something and get the answer.

Simmer down.  The BMPs aim to be fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep.  In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

 

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Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science

Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science by Patricia Bishop McKean (PDF ebook with multiple PDF files)

Patricia Bishop McKean compiled this wonderful ebook that pairs great picture books / young reader books (including such classics as Stellaluna, Follow the Drinking Court, Swimmy, Curious George, Morris’s Disappearing Bag and many more) with hands-on activities that demonstrate basic science concepts to young students. Subjects covered in the activities include earth science, astronomy, math, ecology, physics, chemistry, and process skills. It’s a great approach that makes both the stories AND the science lessons much more memorable.

From her introduction:

Each children’s picture book is linked to a simple, basic science activity. By showing teachers how to “hook” their students by reading a familiar or new story and then doing a related hands-on, minds-on science activity, I have helped teachers feel more comfortable with teaching science.  Sometimes the story comes before the activity, and sometimes it comes after the activity. The activity will stand alone, as will the reading of the story, but if the hook captivates the mind of the student, the memory of the science concept should last in the student’s mind.

About the format:

Each book & accompanying science activity has its own PDF file, so there’s lots of PDFs to download here, making it a little more complicated than just downloading a single PDF file. But it is worth the effort. Check it out and see if you don’t agree. Use the menu on the site to navigate between sections of the collection.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

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Master Math

MasterMath.info has 135 middle school math lessons available for 6th, 7th and 8th grade math plus Algebra 1.  Each lesson includes a 12 – 20 minute video lesson, a worksheet, an answer sheet, a self-grading quiz showing corrections for missed problems, and a link to another web-resource that will help the student “master” the concept. All of this is free-of-charge, and they have a paid option for one-on-one online tutoring if your students need it.

Click here to go to the site!