Tips on Creating Fun and Interactive Math Lesson Plans for Kids

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It’s an open secret that not everyone is a fan of Math. While some children are blessed with the natural skill of solving Math problems, some also find it boring and difficult. This may seem challenging but there are ways to make the journey through numbers a fun and enjoyable experience for the children.

Move with the Numbers

One of the reasons why most children hate Math is because it’s a mental subject. They have to memorize so many things that at the end of the class, they feel so exhausted from too much brain activity. Change things up a bit by incorporating games and movement during the class. For younger children, ask them to write the numbers using their whole body. Bring out the skipping rope when teaching the multiplication table to older children. This way, they are not glued to their seats during the class plus the movement of their bodies makes it easier for them to memorize different Math concepts.

Tell a Story

Tap into a child’s imagination by using picture books during the class. These stories can be used in teaching counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and eventually Algebra. You can also ask the children to read the story out loud so they can participate in the activity.

Solving Number Puzzles

Come up with simple problems or number puzzles that the kids can work on after the class. When they come back the next day with the right answers, commend them for doing a good job. If they fail to provide the right answer, appreciate their efforts. These encouragements will motivate them and make them look forward to each Math class.

Enjoy the Process

Children will learn to enjoy solving Math problems if they can also see that you enjoy teaching it. Create a healthy learning atmosphere by using your imagination and creativity during the class. Incorporate arts and crafts if necessary, so the kids will see that the numbers can be their friend.

Challenge of the Week

Find a corner in the classroom and put up Math Challenge each week. Take note of the children that approach the board and attempt to solve the problem. If you notice that children are finding it difficult to solve the problem, guide them or drop hints every now and then so they do not lose interest. Show them that they have it within them to solve these problems.

Freedom to Solve Problems

There is no one way to solve a Math problem so avoid imposing methods and formulas on the children. If they wish to draw or use their fingers when solving problems, give them the freedom to do so. You can also guide them until they come up with their own solution. When the teacher allows the children to participate and share their inputs during the class, both parties learn from each other.

Stick to a Routine

The key to teaching children is repetition. Children love routines, and this makes learning difficult concepts a lot easier for them. A routine allows children to set their expectation, so it’s easier for them to be present during the class. Furthermore, you will be hearing lesser complaints during the class because they already know what to expect.

It’s All About the Kids

Authenticity plays a huge role in a child’s learning and development. Use their names when creating Math word problems to inspire them to come up with a solution. You can also come up with Math activities that will serve as an opportunity for them to introduce themselves and share their story. Make them feel that they genuinely matter and you will have Math experts in no time.

Keep it Organic

Teachers often use plastic toys when teaching Math concepts. Try to avoid that and keep things organic by using objects from nature. Children are sensitive to how things feel and they can easily sense if something is real or not so it’s best to use organic objects during class. You can use this when teaching graphing, counting, measurement, and a whole lot more.

Take it Online

If at some point you find that you are already running out of ideas, don’t be afraid to do a little research online. You can even take help from lesson plan tools to see what suggestions they have to create your lesson plan. Just decide, how you can make your class even more fun. Don’t be afraid to customize things a bit before applying the tips to your Math class.

A Partnership with Parents

Your ultimate partner in teaching children are their parents. Talk to them, share your ideas with them, and give them tips on some hands-on activities that they can do with their kids at home. By doing this, the children become even more open to learning Math.

Make the most out of SpringBoard

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SpringBoard 2018 kicked off on March 5, 2018. Teachers and students across the USA have been uber excited about the 10-week math contest. So are we!

During the second week, over 20% schools achieved all the contest milestones and went on to win bonus rewards. The sheer percentage of winners speaks volumes about the enthusiasm in math classrooms.

SpringBoard Winners

Going further into the contest, teachers can continue this momentum to bring out the best math outcomes by the end of this year. Splash Math provides numerous tools to motivate your students at the individual level. Some tips from our side:

  1. Educate the students on the importance of SpringBoard

SpringBoard comes with an opportunity to collaborate with peers as well as establish a disciplined math practice during Spring. Not just that, students get rewarded with a multitude of fun characters as they achieve their weekly practice milestones. Let the students know that they can access Splash Math on any device, and can continue to use it at home as well. This way, classroom performance continues to log on the Splash Math dashboard, and students will emerge strongly on the other side of spring break.

  1. Use Splash Math dashboard to get insights and motivate students on a personal basis

Nothing moves a young child further than timed guidance in the well-identified area. Splash Math dashboard provides student and skill level information in easy-to-view dashboards. You can take advantage of the teacher dashboard to monitor class activity at a granular level, and help students at precise moments when they need it the most.

  1. Leverage ‘Student Certificates’ to celebrate small wins each week

For young students (aka our littlest math learners), small wins mean a lot. And over a period of 10 weeks, while contesting for this SpringBoard math challenge, these students unfold/ turn out from being ‘tentative’ to ‘confident’ math champions. Further, Splash Math provides digital versions of ‘Student Certificates’ each week for top performers. We believe that your students will appreciate receiving those certificates in print in front of the whole class. It not just boosts [their] ‘math morale,’ but also motivates their peers to work towards achieving similar goals.

  1. Display SpringBoard banner in the class – Create your own jungle

Most of all, SpringBoard quintessentially showcases your classroom’s math performance in a story-like fashion through a classroom-wide collaboration activity. When each student’s efforts come together to create a personalized jungle for their respective classrooms, they become a part of creating a memorable math experience for their school and community. And so, to celebrate the love of math, we encourage you to prominently display the SpringBoard banner and the fun characters that go on it each week, so students are continuously in-tune with the co-creation opportunity SpringBoard brings.

SpringBoard

SpringBoard also has nationwide leaderboard showcasing top performing classrooms across USA and Canada. The board is updated in real-time, and you will receive an email every Monday so you know where your classroom stands.

Keep up the good work. We hope to see your classroom shine!

Why not encourage other schools by showcasing your classroom’s enthusiasm. Share some pics of your students with SpringBoard banner. Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook (@Splash Math), Twitter (@Splash Math).

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Announcing SpringBoard 2018

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SpringBoard 2018 – The most awaited math contest in the USA and Canada kicks off March 5, 2018.

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Designed to help every classroom win, SpringBoard is a nationwide contest organized for K-5 math classrooms every year. Building on last years’ success (over 150,000 students participated in 2017), SpringBoard 2018 would have a wider reach and more rewards than ever before.

SpringBoard will run for 10 weeks from March 5 to May 13, 2018. Weekly rewards would be unlocked as soon as the classroom achieves weekly practice goals, plus bonus rewards for extra achievement. This is a great way to keep your students engaged and motivate them to practice consistently. Grand prizes would be awarded to 3 top performing classrooms on May 18th.

All elementary math classrooms in USA and Canada can participate in SpringBoard 2018. Existing Splash Math users can enroll directly from their dashboard. Teachers who do not have Splash Math account can sign up using the link below, and receive full access to Splash Math until June 2018.

Click here to enroll for SpringBoard 2018

Enrollments close on March 2nd. Sign-up early and pep-up students for the 10 weeks of math fun.

Spring is the best time to master math skills, build confidence for the final exams, and end the school year on a math high. SpringBoard helps schools achieve just that, but with a flair. Don’t miss out!

Regular SpringBoard 2018 updates on Facebook and Twitter (@splashmath).

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Share the Love of Splash Math

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Hope your students are enjoying Splash Math. We are doing every bit to make your experience better. As June approaches, a number of teachers and parents look out for online math programs. School websites are generally a good reference point for them. We are making efforts to provide a heartsome math practice for elementary kids to help them stay sharp over summer.

Your school website is a great resource to showcase Splash Math in form of a simple logo or text. Typically schools list useful programs on pages such as: ‘Useful Links’, ‘Student Links’, ‘Math Resources’ etc.

One simple step to make it happen:

Depending on your school website’s schema, copy and paste the respective HTML code for Splash Math Text or Splash Math logo. You may simply forward the following content to the IT manager or the decision maker of your school website.

  • Splash Math Logo – HTML Code
  • <a href=”https://www.splashmath.com/”><img alt=”Splash Math Logo” src=”https://d1n5c9e0gk9gm5.cloudfront.net/assets/home/v5/logo-6d226703868da14993367ccc06f09b55.png”></a>

Few examples on how other schools in USA have shared Splash Math on their website:
Greenville

Auburn

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How to Read a Ruler?

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Familiarity with the non-standard units of measurement makes understanding standard units of measurement easier.

Ruler with objectIn grade 1, the students explore the concept of measurement with non-standard units which involve measuring objects using blocks, clips, hand spans etc. In grade 2, the students begin exploring the standard units of measurement. They use rulers, yardsticks and other measuring tools to measure lengths in customary and metric units.

Digital Ruler: A Teacher’s Tool

Rulers are mainly used to draw straight lines and measure lengths. Teaching students how to read a ruler in an innovative way can make classroom a fun place. The embedded digital tool by SplashMath aims to make the process of understanding ruler, simpler and quicker.

Key Features of the Tool

• A ruler marked with customary and metric units of measurements

Ruler with inches

• Option to drag objects on the ruler and place them on any number

drag the object and place it on other number

• Can be used to teach measurement in whole units, to nearest half units and quarter units

measuring length to nearest half inch

• Can be used to teach comparing lengths of different objects

comparing length of different object

Play Ruler Games Online

Use this Tool to Teach a Child Read a Ruler

Common Misunderstanding while using the Ruler

• Starting somewhere other than 0: The students often begin measuring an object either from the edge of the ruler or from 1. But when they consider the number on the ruler where the end of the object reaches to record the length, they end up recording incorrect length of the object.

Starting somewhere other than 0

• The length of an inch varies from ruler to ruler: The students often believe that the length of each inch/cm mark is different on different rulers. It is important to emphasize the fact that the length of an inch is universally fixed.

ruler with centimeter

• Measuring length of objects longer than the ruler: In order to measure lengths longer than the ruler, the students may flip the ruler over and over. This may result in recording incorrect length of objects. To avoid this, the student must put some mark on the object after each iteration of the ruler and should begin the next iteration where the previous ended.

Measuring length of longer objects

Other Length Measurement Tools

Meter stick• Meter stick: Meter stick is a one-meter long measuring stick marked with millimeters and centimeters. It is mainly used to measure small distances: like length of a lobby, depth and height of a room.

Measuring tape

• Measuring tape: Measuring tape is a flexible ruler which have centimeters scale on one end and inches on the other. The flexibility enables measuring curved surfaces with better precision. It is most commonly used by carpenters, tailors, and do-it-yourselfers.

• Yardsticks: As the name suggests, yardsticks are used to measure yards, where 1 yard = 36 inches. It mainly comes in use while measuring vehicles, furniture, and houses etc. Yardsticks

5 Easy Ways to Make Math Fun For Kids

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Kids often find mathematics daunting, but many such experiences are influenced by the general consensus among adults, rather than their own contact with it. Everyone talks about mathematics being hard rather than interesting, so how can we expect kids to love it? Here are our top five tips on making math fun.

1.     Don’t talk about how math was boring for you

Math is funMany parents often say that they weren’t good in math or that they disliked math, thinking this would decrease the pressure. But instead, this just puts in children’s head the idea that they will never be able to do it well, and that takes all the fun out of it, mostly because it focuses on the results rather than procedures. The first rule is, in order to keep your child interested in mathematics, you have to be positive about it.

2.     Make it practical

Make it practicalEspecially in the earlier years of math education, you can easily find projects that will support the topics studied. Your children can help you with shopping or the bills, and in that way practice simple mathematical operations. When discount tag says 30% off, ask them to calculate whether the new price is true or are you being cheated. Or let them convert that jar of pennies into dollars and then imagine what it would be in converted into Euros – would it be enough to buy an ice cream in France? Google it together! You can be very creative with the most mundane activities, and your child will love it much more than a textbook full of exercises.

3.     Let them draw

Drawing is a very good activity as it encourages understanding the concept of space and proportions. This can be incredibly useful for geometry, but visual representation can also help understanding other math problems. If your child is interested in drawing, suggest to them that if they can’t understand a certain math problem, they should draw a picture representing all the data they were given. Having a representation can help them understand what the next few steps for obtaining the correct answer are. Drawing can add fun to learning, and is a very good study technique for visual people.

4.     Use apps

Use AppsInstead of fighting against apps and Youtube videos, use them to your advantage. There are many apps recommended that could introduce practicing math into children’s ‘gadget time’. Youtube is full of videos explaining exercises which can serve as powerful tool against poorly explained units in school. Children can pause the video and re-watch it if they didn’t understand something. Moreover, there are many different tutors so they can find the one they like best. Even if sceptical, give it a try because online learning might just be more fun than classic notebook exercises.

5.     Tutor your child or find a good private tutor

Tutor your childWe’ve all had a bad teacher at some point in our lives. Sometimes the problem is the math teacher. They are a crucial figure in making your child interested in mathematics, and if that is not working out as it should, offer some alternatives. You can either tutor your child by yourself, or find a very good private tutor that will explain different operations with enthusiasm and focus. Your child needs a supportive figure who will encourage learning even when the task is not solved at the first go, and who is also good in explaining concepts that might seem foreign and abstract.

Splash Math SpringBoard 2016 Contest Winners Announced!

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Mary Pat Yaun’s class at Gloverville Elementary School (Division A: Grades K-2) and Stephanie Sharrer’s class at Crystal Lake Elementary School (Division B: Grades 3-5) have won the first prize in Splash Math SpringBoard 2016! Over the past 7 weeks, the students in these classes solved 94,700 and 194,600 math problems respectively – that’s stupendous work, congratulations!

Big congratulations to all our Grand Prize winners, leaderboards below:

Division A
Rank Teacher Name School Name
1st Mary Pat Yaun Gloverville Elementary School
2nd Denise Wilson Winchester Elementary School
3rd Janice Davis Clark Elementary School

 

Division B
Rank Teacher Name School Name
1st Stephanie Sharrer Crystal Lake Elementary School
2nd Janette Fernandez Conchita Espinosa Academy
3rd Mike Wrathall Crystal Lake Elementary School

There were several other classrooms who showed tremendous enthusiasm throughout the competition and we applaud them even if they missed out on the grand prizes.

We are also delighted to share that 182 classrooms won the Challenge Yourself prizes! That is, all these classrooms reached their weekly math challenge targets, achieving the objective of doing more than ever before.

All the Challenge Yourself prizes winners will be contacted via email by the end of this week along with the links to download class certificate, student certificates, and banner.

Thank you, teachers and students, for the amazing participation. And wish you a great end of school year and summer ahead. 

User Story: Daniel’s Splash Math Adventure

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Gene Emmer and Galina Sodatenko are parents to Daniel. They are both small business owners, not professional educators, and chose to homeschool their 5 year old son Daniel.

Gene and Galina shared with Splash Math how they went about using Splash Math -

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Splash Math and Sony Partner for “Global Math Challenge”

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Global Math Challenge

Math is best enjoyed through puzzles. It’s not just about getting the right answer, but the process— application of logical and critical thinking skills is what that makes it really fun. If you are looking to get your child excited about math this school year, the Global Math Challenge is the perfect event to participate.

Splash Math is partnering with Sony Global Education for the upcoming Global Math Challenge to be held on Sunday, 27th of September, 2015. Global Math Challenge (GMC) is a worldwide math competition held online, hosted by Sony Global Education and supported by Japan Prime Math Olympic Committee, an organization with a strong track record in math contests geared towards children. Continue reading

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Stop Summer Slide, Get Math-Ready for Next Grade

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Summer’s almost here! While you plan family time, beach trips and lemonade stands, don’t forget summer slide – the learning loss in kids in the summer that typically needs 2-3 months of re-teaching when they get back to school.

There are many ways to prevent summer slide. If you haven’t already, check out our infographic 5 Ways to Avoid Summer Slide below.

Also, Splash Math Summer Program 2015 is launched. Prevent math summer slide – sign up open for teachers and parents. Continue reading