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K-5 Math Teaching Resources (dot) com

Last week’s Monday morning brought with it the second day of AMTNYS’s annual fall conference – the most fun a math teacher in New York State can have!  I spent time geeking out with some of the coolest teachers I’ve ever met, and I think I came across more Sues or Susans than I have in my entire life.

I had the pleasure of sitting in on Heidi Bromley’s session for elementary teachers, and she shared a resource with her audience that I’d like to pass on.  It’s simply (and aptly) titled, K-5 Math Teaching Resources.  The website houses math activities in .pdf format for grades Kindergarten through 5th, separated by grade, domain, and types of activity – including journal entries, games, projects, mental math exercises, and ideas for your math center.

The free activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards and are printable in full color, great for laminating on heavy card stock for your math center.  To support literacy in your classroom, grade-appropriate books are suggested for pertinent lessons.  In the market for manipulatives related to a particular lesson?  Links to vendors for items like fraction tiles and foam dice can be found at the bottom of the activity-links pages.  Free interactive white board (or IWB) lessons are available for download.   E-books are also available for download, but for a small fee dependent on whether you want a single- or multiple- user license.

Warning: Inspiration is imminent!

The All Around Math Guy for your Flipped Classroom

Teachers are eager to start flipping their classrooms, but the time (and money!) it takes to make their own videos might be out of reach.  Part of my job as the Lead Digital Curriculum Developer at an ed-tech company in NYC is to vet and sort through oodles of educational math videos already on YouTube.com and other video hosting sites.

One of the content creators I absolutely love is Eric Balzarini, The All Around Math Guy.  He has filmed over 700 videos for both middle school and high school mathematics lessons.  Each video has segments including both straightforward PowerPoint-like lectures and real world application.  Take a look at some of my favorites, and try incorporating his lessons into your flipped classroom:

Tiles on the Stairs…Squares and Square Roots

“Perfect squares and square roots are introduced using the context of square tiles. Also presented is how prime factors can be used to determine if a number is a perfect square or not.”

Model of the Eiffel Tower…Determining the Scale (as a Ratio)

“The scale of a small model of the Eiffel Tower is determined by looking at the ratio of its dimensions as compared to the corresponding height and width of the actual tower.”

Shopping in Italy…Working With Percents Mentally

“Shopping for running shoes at an outlet mall in Barbarino di Mugello, Italy is the scene for introducing the concept of determining percentages of numbers using mental math rather than a calculator.”

Turning a San Francisco Streetcar Around…Angles, Radian Measure, & Arc Length

“Turning a San Francisco Cable Car around at the end of the line is used as a context to review a variety of trigonometric concepts: standard position, radian measure, reference angle, co-terminal angles, and arc length.”