Many students still find drill an effective way of learning their basic facts. Other students find more untraditional methods work better for them. Dice games, card games, oral review, computer games…so many choices. Regular review is crucial and now more than ever before there are many resources available to help get this review done!

One of my favourite resources is the website **engagingstudents.blackgold.ca** that my district has made available for students and parents (and teachers). This site is rich with resources not only in the area of mathematics, but all other subject areas as well. It is well organzied by Division, Grade, and Curriculum Strands and Concepts. Check it out if you haven’t yet had the chance to.

Some other sites to visit include:

* Free Printable Traditional Math Flash Cards*: (Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division)

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/math/subtraction/flashcards/

http://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards-explained.html

http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/printable-math-flash-cards.html

http://www.math4childrenplus.com/

*Subtraction Flash Cards:*

http://www.k5learning.com/sites/all/files/subtraction-entire-set.pdf

http://www.math-salamanders.com/free-math-flashcards.html

* Games*:

http://engagingstudents.blackgold.ca/

http://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Index.html

http://classroom.jc-schools.net/basic/mathasmd.html

Hoping everyone has a wonderful March!

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Students are enjoying going back to the old fashioned flash card method like mom’s flashcards! I recently stumbled across a site that also had flashcards using subitizing and multiplication arrays.

Please check this out at:

Not Your Mom’s Flashcards: Conceptual Understanding of Multiplication

From Memory and Memorization: There IS a Difference

Some very good reads!

Happy February!

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* Many classrooms use the same approach when introducing students to Division. I found these two visuals on the internet of teacher’s using chart paper examples to help students discover that the world of division can be approached by many different angles. The key is to find the strategy that makes the most sense to the individual student.*

* Some students who find division extremely complicated can even manage to get away with more of a multiplication / subtraction approach.*

* Divisibility Rules: Just a quick visual to review the rules of divisibility.*

Divisibility Rules Song Video:

http://www.teachertube.com/video/divisibility-rules-song-135941

Divisibility Rules: Division by 4 Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbzZhx-xZHE

Divisibility Rules: 2,5, and 10 Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-SW6URvqqM

* Some of the many strategies that students could choose to explore and use include (but is not limited to) the following:*

*Number Line*

*Box Method*

**Dividing Tens and Hundreds**

**You can rename numbers to help you divide.**

**Calculate 800 ÷ 4**

**Rename 800 as 8 hundrends**

**8 hundreds ÷ 4 = 2 hundreds**

**So 800 ÷ 4 = 200**

*Lattice Division*

**Sketch An Array**

**Divide by Halving**

**Divide by Breaking UP The Numbers**

**Splitting Method (Halving and Halving again…)**

Standard Long Division Algorithm

*Base Ten*

Rename as Tens or Hundreds

Estimate using a nearby number

**Using Subtraction to Divide**

**Dividing by Sharing**

Dividing with Remainders

* Wishing everyone a wonderful June…speedily heading toward a joyful July!*

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Spring is in the air …and our school Spring Break is quickly approaching!

If you want to continue to have your child work on mathematics activities while on Spring Break check out some of the fun ideas you could do with them below.

Spring Break Math Activities pdf format http://www.sps186.org/downloads/attachments/18296/Spring%20Break%20Math%20Activities.pdf

20 Questions Fun Activity- found at http://digitallesson.com/20questions

pdf format: http://www.digitallesson.com/downloads/20Questions.pdf

Paper Quilt idea:

http://www.greatschools.org/students/activities/281-make-a-paper-quilt.gs

Spring Themes Math Pages:

http://www.kidzone.ws/Math/spring/#Worksheets5

16 Spring and Easter Math Ideas:

http://www.teachjunkie.com/holidays/themed-math/

And…

109 Fun Spring Break Activities (not just math and for all ages)

http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/activities-for-children/

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**Valentine Day’s Math Lesson Ideas:**

http://www.googolpower.com/content/free-learning-resources/seasonal-math/valentines-day

http://www.mathwire.com/seasonal/february.html

http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.ca/2011/01/valentines-day-math-explosion.html

http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/holidays/valentine/

http://www.kumon.com/resources/6-ways-to-use-candy-for-fun-math-games-valentines-day-edition/

**Valentine Day’s Worksheets:**

http://www.kidzone.ws/math/valentine/#Worksheets5

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/valentines.html (some free but some you need a subscription for)

http://edhelper.com/Valentine%27s_Day_Math.htm

https://www.teachervision.com/arithmetic/printable/37276.html (some free)

**Valentine Day’s Worksheets/Games/Quizzes:**

http://www.softschools.com/themes/valentine/

http://more2.starfall.com/m/math/math-journey/play.htm?f&d=demo&www=main_val_mathjourney_1

**Enjoy!**

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Students are working through many transformation activities focusing on concepts such as translations (slides), rotations (turns), and reflections (flips). Although for some the terminology has changed since their younger years they are really enjoying the hands on activities using grid paper, dot paper, and manipulatives.

Interesting sites to further our study this unit include:

**Transformations:**

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/transformations.html

**Translations (Slides)**

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/translation.html

**Rotations (Turns)**

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/rotation.html

http://www.virtualnerd.com/middle-math/integers-coordinate-plane/transformations/rotation-definition

**Reflection (Flips)**

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/reflection.html

**Reflection, Rotations, & Translation**

http://ca.ixl.com/math/grade-5/reflection-rotation-and-translation

http://www.nelson.com/mathfocus/grade5/student/tryout.html (Chapter 5)

http://msagradesixclass.weebly.com/geometry.html

http://www.tvdsb.ca/webpages/hoym/resources.cfm?subpage=102276

**Lines of Symmetry**

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/symmetry-reflection.html

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/symmetry.html

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/symmetry-rotational.html

http://ca.ixl.com/math/grade-5/lines-of-symmetry

**Math and Art**

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/symmetry-artist.html

**On-line Game**

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/math/transformation.html

http://www.innovationslearning.co.uk/subjects/maths/activities/year3/symmetry/shape_game.asp

* Gangnam Style Math* (Transformation Style)-Video

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With the Christmas season quickly approaching I wanted to take a moment and review some of my favorite Christmas mathematical sites.

My students have enjoyed visiting the following math sites this season:

Games and Puzzles:

http://www.coolmath-games.com/holiday-Christmas-games-puzzles/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/christmas/christmasgames.aspx

Basic Fact Practice:

http://www.abcya.com/christmas_lights_holiday_game_for_kids.htm

http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/holiday-fun

Christmas Math Ideas:

http://www.googolpower.com/content/free-learning-resources/seasonal-math/christmas

Just for fun..not necessarily math oriented games:

http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/christmas/games.php

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Some of the methods being experimented with in my classroom this year include (but is not limited to…)

http://schools.wcs.edu/hbes/Multiplication%20and%20Division%20Methods.pdf

**Division Limerick**

Division, division, division,

A terribly easy decision,

Lets me just share,

My apple or pear,

With utter and perfect precision….

Here’s some good words of advice,

I think I might say them all twice,

Learn each times table,

And you’ll also be able,

To go and divide really nice…

Young laddie, it won’t make things worse,

Division brings no type of curse,

Repeated subtraction?

Break to a fraction?

Or multiply things in reverse?

Quotients are things that we find,

When division’s how math problem’s signed,

It has the math smarts,

To cut pies in parts,

The inverse of things we combined…

(Limerick borrowed from Mr. R’s World of Math and Science http://mathstory.com/poems)

**Hope everyone has a great May Long Weekend!**

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I am really impressed with how quickly my students are picking up on implementing different strategies when working on their multiplication activities. I remember back in the day when the only strategy used in school for double digit multiplication was the standard algorithm.

To my grade five students this “standard algorithm” often looks like Greek!

Today my students often find some of the newer “strategies” to be easier! These newer strategies often look like Greek to my parents!

One of my students’ favorite strategies this year is the use of Lattice Multiplication. I must admit at first I was quite skeptical, but as the years pass, I find that more and more students have taken to this method for quick, easy calculation.

Now students are familiar with numerous approaches when multiplying, and are choosing methods and strategies that make sense to them (although they don’t always make sense to their parents). Here are some of the most common ones I find students using in my classroom.

Why did the student do multiplication problems on the floor? *The teacher told her not to use tables!*

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Unfortunately at the end of 2013 I was unable to keep my blog current. I will try to do better in 2014!

This month of January, has been a cold, snow filled month here in Alberta! I am not complaining, though, as one of my passions is snowmobiling, and because of the mass amount of snow we have had, we have been able to get out quite a bit this season. Unfortunately of late, the rain has ice crusted the snow…and now we are into warmer temperatures and it seems the snow may go fast.

In January we were working in our Math class on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers.

Some of my favorite sites that students have visited so far are:

Math Is Fun: http://www.mathsisfun.com/worksheets/decimals.php

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/decimals/adding_decimals/v/subtracting-decimals

If anyone needs to make some practice worksheets see:

Math Aids: http://www.math-aids.com/Decimals/Add_Subtract_Worksheets.html

February has brought us to the study of Motion Geometry.

Student’s have been really enjoying the many activities in this unit, learning about translations, reflections, and rotations.

Some of my favourite sites are:

Kids Love 2Learn.ca: Transformation http://www.2learn.ca/kids/listMath.aspx?Type=3

Math is Fun : http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/translation.html

BBC Bitsize: Transformations http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/maths/shape_space/transformations1/revision/1/

BBC Education: –Bathroom Tiles: Rotate, reflect, and translate the patterns on the bathroom wall http://learni.st/learnings/545807-bbc-education-bathroom-tiles-game

Bob’s Place: Grade **5** – Patterns & Motion in Geometry (Nelson Chapter 14) http://www.bobsedulinks.com/math/math5_1314.htm#Chapter14

Eduplace: RoboPacker http://www.eduplace.com/kids/mw/swfs/robopacker_grade5.html

Harcourt School: Icy Slides Flips and Turns http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/icy_slides_flips_turns/

MathOnline: Transformation Golf http://www.onlinemathlearning.com/transformation-games.html

Mister Teacher: Alphabet Transformation http://www.misterteacher.com/alphabetgeometry/transformations.html

Study Jams – select * Geometry *and then select

*Wrapping Paper Patterns http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/Weblessons/WrappingPaperPatterns/default.htm*

Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful February!

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