Published at Sunday, 22 November 2020. Worksheets. By Gaetana Rodriguez.
When learning arithmetic, repeatedly doing sums for a long period, with little variation, can soon get boring for many students. Before long, their attention can start to wonder, and as we all know - this is not conducive to learning. Quite the opposite, students generally learn best when enjoying the subject, and as a result many math teachers have introduced a variety of math games into their classrooms - and one such game that is very popular is math bingo. In math bingo, each student is given a bingo card (also known as a "bingo worksheet" or "bingo board") printed with numbers. These are not necessarily the standard bingo numbers, but rather are the answers to a number of different math problems.
On the first day of each month the canteen cooks hamburgers. The Cook needs 1/10 of a kg of mince, 1/8 of a lettuce and 1/5 of a lettuce for each burger. How much of each item does the Cook need to have on hand if every student (except 5) order a hamburger? It takes Principal Jones 20 minutes to walk from his house to the school. If he walks to the school in the morning and home in the afternoon. How long will he walk in total in 1 school week? How long will he walk in total in a 9 week term? The school day starts at 9:00 a.m. First break is from 11:00 a.m to 11:20 a.m. The second break is from 1:00 p.m to 1:40 p.m. The school day finishes at 3:00 p.m. How much time do the students spend in class in one day? How much time do the students spend in class in one week? How much time do the students spend on break in one day? How much time do the students spend on break in one week?
ALEKS, my personal favorite, uses artificial intelligence software to routinely assess what a student actually knows, reinforce the areas that they need extra help in, and moves them through a pie chart of skills with interactive lessons and explanations that students view along the way. Periodically, new assessments are given and the software individually redesigns the material that your student needs to learn to tailor a math course that is unique to each student. Rather than having chapter tests, students work to complete the entire pie chart. The course is complete when the student has 100% mastery, so the foundation of skills is very strong when a student completes the course. In any math program, students should also practice self-checking and use a Critique System for evaluating their personal problem areas, but with regular evaluations such as these and solid online math programs, students can significantly change the way they feel about math, as well as their skill in math. Online math is an excellent option worth considering, certainly for home-schoolers, but also for any students who want to brush up on skills over the summer.
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