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Making Math Fun for Kids (Slides 3-4)
My Thoughts (Slide 5)
Math Problem Games for Kids (Slides 6-7)
My Reflection (Slide 8)
Math Learning Games (Slides 9-10)
My Reflection (Slide 11)
Conclusion (Slide 12)
Works Citied (Slide 13)
Making Math Fun for Kids
Math can be either a really fun subject to teach – or really boring . It
doesn't have to be boring though, since it’s the easiest subject to
“spice up” for the kids by simply relating it to their lives.
Use edible manipulative Use real money, when
doing money problems
This is a “a-ha” moment that I got from the author Kurt Schwengel. I picked this quote, because
I have had some bad experiences with math and because of this math was always boring
Here Are Some Tips
1) Give the kids real-life objects to count rather than the same old plastic teddy bears
they have been counting all year. Kids love counting objects that they are familiar
with like cereal or funny-shaped pasta
2) Use real money (if possible) when teaching about money.
3) Use sports statistics to teach formulas and statistics. Have the kids use the sports
page to calculate winning percentages and batting averages.
4) Relate the math to the kids real life interests. Kids love to eat snacks. Allow them to
use edible items such as popcorn or M&Ms.
5) Create fun word problems for the kids to solve. Place the kid’s name in the word
problems and use real life experiences.
6) Instead of measuring everything in inches and centimeters, use some fun, edible
manipulative to measure items, such as marshmallows or licorice.
This has always been one of my biggest
concerns. I have never really liked Math. So I
always wondered would I be able to teach it. I
want to make sure that I make it so fun and
interesting as I can. I wouldn’t want to be
teaching something and make it so boring that
the students would fall asleep or make it so
confusing that they wouldn’t understand. So
since I want to be a Elementary teacher I have to
be able to teach every subject in a fun way. So
reading this article has given me some really
helpful tips that I will definitely use in my
Math Problem Games for Kids
Mastering math skills does not have to be a chore. Sitting at a desk doing drills
will help a student become proficient in math, but such tedious tasks will not
instill a love of learning. Make math enjoyable by playing games to reinforce
the lessons taught each week. Playing games will help students strengthen
their math skills while showing them that learning can truly be fun.
Math can get really boring if you are just sitting Make math fun and make games out
at a desk. of it, to make it fun for the students.
This “a-ha” moment came from R.J. Bowman. I picked this because math just like other subjects can
become boring if all you are doing is sitting at a desk. Kids need to move around to get motivated.
Mother May I? Math Edition: In the math edition, students simply ask, “Mother how many
steps may I take?” The teacher says, “You may take two plus three steps”. The student
then takes five steps. If the child does the math incorrectly, he or she must go back to the
Around The World: Children sit at their own desks with desks arranged in a circle in the
classroom for this game. Choose a child to begin the game. He stands up behind the
student seated at the next desk. Hold a math flash card up, or say a math problem out loud.
The standing student and the student sitting in front of him compete to be the first one to
shout out the answer.
Math Bingo: Write a math problem on the board. Call on one student to answer the math
problem. If she is correct, she gets to put a bonus chip on any space on her board.
Everyone else puts a bingo chip on any square with the answer to the math problem. You
can play either until one student gets a straight line of bingo chips or until someone covers
his entire board.
I believe that Math can be educational and fun,
now I know you can’t make it all about fun. But
you don’t want to just stay at your desk and do
worksheets and take test. I also believe that all
children have different learning styles, so I can’t
teach just one way, or everyone will not learn.
So making any subject into a game, is definitely
what I would choose to do. It will make children
feel better about the subject and maybe even
help them learn more. Besides you always need
a break from worksheets and taking test. So I
will use these games and any more I find to help
my students as much as possible.
Math Learning Games
Math learning games can take place outside the classroom in a way that
is fun and educational for elementary school students. Parents and
teachers can help children be successful with basic math skills by
providing real life examples of how to use basic math skills and
encouraging kids to take part in hands-on math activities.
This “a-ha” moment came from Rachel L. I picked this quote because I definitely agree
with it. Sometimes kids need to learn things hands-on to really understand it.
Hands on Experiences
Have a Lemonade Stand: Lemonade stands are a fun summer activity for kids
but they also teach valuable math skills including money handling skills and the ability
to count change. Teachers should encourage kids to set their own prices and count of
the change themselves. Then they should have the kids count out how much money
they earned and subtract any money they started with to use as change.
Online Math Games: Online math games are a great way to brush up on basic
math skills that kids may be struggling with at school. Online math games give kids
immediate feedback on their answers and help kids understand the method behind
basic math skills.
Wooden Unit Blocks: Elementary school aged kids can use unit blocks to build
structures as a cooperative group. Using blocks will help kids understand the method
behind basic math skills.
Math in the Kitchen: Following a recipe requires quite a bit of math and can
help kids understand the basics of fractions in a very hands-on way. If
cooking can’t be done in the classroom, you can still follow the recipe and do
the math and pretend that you are making it.
As I can remember all my math classes were book work
and taking test, if I didn’t understand I just gave up. It was not
until I started college that I got a great math teacher. My
“How to Teach Elementary Teachers Math” professor (Miss
Kitt) was the best, she taught us not only how to teach math
to kids but she taught us how to explain it to them. She made
sure that whatever she taught us she used real life
experiences, she made story problems with our class in it, and
we did projects that had to do with life experiences. She
helped us see how math is used in the real world. I mean
without her I would be so confused as in why do we need
math. So thanks to her I will make sure that when I am
teaching math to my students that I will use hands-on
assignments and projects, so they can see it threw their eyes.
Doing this assignment has taught me a lot. Math is a language. Some kids
learn math quickly while others struggle with the concepts of numbers and symbols.
So what can be done to help. Fortunately, learning math facts and computation
generally respond favorably to role practice and repetition. For elementary students,
practice should be periodic and for short intervals rather than tackled in marathon
sessions. It is best to review what a child “does” know, and gradually add in new items
or levels. Using counting chips or beans can help a child visualize the numerical
relationship being mastered. For young children, early exposure to numbers and real-
life counting tasks is important. Lots of language and hands-on, sensory experiences
foster early math learning. Teaching math should extend from a child’s natural
exploration of the environment. While doing this you should always remember to
make it fun, so play games, doing projects, and let them use candy to count and
measure. I am sure making math fun, will make it more enjoyable for the students,
which will make them want to learn more.
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