## Friday, November 11, 2016

### Baseball Fun

Baseball & Math

Baseball and math have always been closely tied. Whether you are counting runs, calculating batting averages, or figuring out a pitcher’s earned run average, you are doing math. Spend some time talking about baseball or other sport statistics with your little fan.

Another way for baseball fans to play with numbers and play some virtual baseball is to visit http://www.funbrain.com/math/index.html and play Math Baseball. Your child can choose to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. They can select from 4 different difficulty levels: easy, medium, hard, or super brain. If they answer a question correctly their team will earn a single, double, triple, and home run. The correct answers will move the players around the bases and score runs.

Have fun!

## Tuesday, November 1, 2016

### Make Ten Card Game

Make Ten Card Game

This is a great way to help your 1st grader (or older) improve their speed at finding number combinations that add up to 10 (or higher in the advanced variations). Carry a set of the cards with you, because this is a great game to play in restaurants, doctor's offices, and other places where kids get bored.

Target Age:  1st grade for the basic version, 2nd grade and up for the variations

Materials:  Deck of cards with face cards and tens removed.

How to Play:
1. Deal a 3 x 3 grid of cards face up.
2. Have your child look for a combination of 2 cards that add up to ten.
3. The child can then remove the cards and the missing spots should have new cards placed face up from the remaining deck.
4. Whenever there are no combinations of 10, pick up all the cards, reshuffle, and deal out 9 new cards face up.

Variations (from easiest to most advanced):

1. Add the tens back into the deck and have your child find combinations that add up to 11.
2. Add the face cards into the deck and assign them values (jack = 11, queen = 12, king = 13) and have the child find combinations to 12, 13, or 14.
3. Tell the child they can use more than 2 cards to add up to the target number.
4. You can even turn it into a multiplication game. Be creative!

## Wednesday, October 26, 2016

### Halloween Fun

Visit this great blog http://blog.maketaketeach.com/halloween-freebie/ for a fun Halloween addition and subtraction practice game that you can play as a family. This activity is 2nd grade homework for Wednesday October 26, 2016, but it is fun to play anytime for lots of ages.

## Most of us remember learning our multiplication tables such as 7 x 8 = 56. Just as important are the addition, subtraction, and division tables. Being able to quickly retrieve facts such as 18 - 9 = 9 or 36/9 = 4 is known as automaticity. The official definition: Automaticity /ˌɔːtəməˈtɪsᵻti/ is the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. It is usually the result of learning, repetition, and practice. So when we say students should practice their math facts, we mean practice the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems using numbers up to 10 (or higher) so that they can develop automaticity. Notice also that automaticity requires learning, repetition, and practice in order to build the neural connections in the memory area of the brain. Your child's teacher will be sending home activities that can help your child develop their memory of the important math facts. This blog will also act as a collection point for these ideas to use at home. Why Are Math Facts Important? Knowing math facts to automaticity helps build confidence in math. Imagine the frustration as a child is trying to learn how to add 399 + 516, but they still have to stop and think hard about the answers to 9 + 6 or 9 + 1. They end up feeling like math work is painfully slow which can lead to overall negative feelings about math. Studies have shown that students who use the memory part of their brain to retrieve basic math facts instead of the processing part of their brain, perform significantly higher on PSAT tests as high school juniors. The exact reason requires more study, but scientists theorize that memorization of basic facts frees up the processing part of the brain so it can work more effectively on the problem solving involved in the test.

Recommended Math Fact Speed by Grade

 FPM = facts per minute Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Kindergarten Not tested Not tested Not tested Not tested 1st grade Up to 9 + 9 (not timed) Up to 18 - 9 (not timed) Not tested Not tested 2nd grade Up to 9 + 9 20 FPM Up to 18 - 9 20 FPM Not tested Not tested 3rd grade Up to 9 + 9 20 FPM Up to 18 - 9 20 FPM Up to 9 x 9 15 FPM Up to 81 ÷ 9 15 FPM 4th grade Up to 10 + 10 25 FPM Up to 18 - 9 25 FPM Up to 12 x 12 20 FPM Up to 144 ÷ 12 18 FPM 5th grade Up to 10 + 10 30 FPM Up to 20 - 10 30 FPM Up to 12 x 12 25 FPM Up to 144 ÷ 12 25 FPM 6th grade Up to 12 + 12 35 FPM Up to 20 - 10 35 FPM Up to 12 x 12 35 FPM Up to 144 ÷ 12 35 FPM