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enZeroth power
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<p>For kids who have been introduced to exponents but haven't been taught specifically about what it means to take 'N to the zero power', this is an opportunity for a small 'Aha!' moment.</p>
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<p>If a child already knows what is ten to the 2 (10<sup>2</sup> = 10 * 10 = 100) and 10<sup>1</sup> = 10, ask them what is 10<sup>0</sup>.</p>
<p>Let them think a bit. Many kids will answer 'zero'. Ask, well, then what is zero times 10? If its not 10<sup>1</sup>, then that can't be right. </p>
<p>Explain that 10<sup>0</sup> must be the thing that you multiply by 10 to get 10<sup>1</sup>. This should be enough of a clue that they realize that 10 to the zero is 1.</p>
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<p><a href="http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/zeroth-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/zeroth-power#commentsmathFri, 08 Apr 2011 17:53:06 +0000admin46 at http://bteaching.comHow many days in your week? (or, modulo arithmetic..)
http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/how-many-days-your-week-or-modulo-arithmetic
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<p>Here is a fun way to introduce kids to the concept of modulus (without ever saying the word): ask, why does a week have 7 days? Suppose you could change it - how many days would you put in the week? Then ask some questions about 'in X days, what day would it be?'</p>
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<p>It helps to ask the child to consider the days as being named by number at first, to look at the patterns, starting with Zero-day and continuing as One-day, Two-day (which conveniently becomes Tuesday if Sunday is Zero-day), etc. </p>
<p>Start with simple questions like "So if your week has 5 days, and today is Three-day, what day will it be in 6 days?"</p>
<p>Make sure to ask several with the modulus "If your week has 4 days, and today is Zero-day, what day will it be in 4 days? 8 days? 16 days?"</p>
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http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/middle-school-math-assessments
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<p>Standardized tests are part of the reality of modern schools, and although justifiably criticized they can also be a useful teaching tool. Ask your kids to take the test for their grade levels, without help, explaining that this is just a way to see what they might need help with and what they already understand. Tell them not to guess, but just circle any problem they don't understand.</p>
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<p>After the test is complete, make a list of all the problems each child missed or circled. If they missed more than 2 or 3 problems, plan to work on a few at a time over a period of several days.</p>
<p>For each missed problem, do NOT tell the child how to do it - you want them to retake the test on their own later and figure it out for themselves. Instead, make several similar problems, including some with easier numbers, and have them work on the similar problems, with help if necessary, until they can work the problems independently.</p>
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<p><a href="http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/middle-school-math-assessments" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/middle-school-math-assessments#commentsmathSun, 06 Mar 2011 17:58:03 +0000admin42 at http://bteaching.comQuestion by Question: Mental word problems
http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/question-question-mental-word-problems
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<p>Anytime, anywhere, anything can turn into math. In the car, take turns asking each other problems (let the kids pose problems too!). Start with concrete scenarios: "So, if we baked 100 cookies, and there were 5 of us, how many cookies would we each get?". Or if the kids are into fractions, make it 17 cookies. It is easy to ask a hard problem, as you may find out when your kids take a turn to ask you!</p>
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<p>Try to ask problems that are a little bit hard for your kids, but not way above their level. Then, if the don't get the answer right, DON'T TELL them how to do it. Ask an easier or more concrete question instead, until they can get it right. Try to ask related questions that may help with the first one. </p>
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<p><a href="http://bteaching.com/arithmattack.htm">Free online speed test</a> will tell you the answer. This is a free javascript math quiz from the Argonne National Laboratory. See <a href="http://bteaching.com/arithmattack.htm" title="http://bteaching.com/arithmattack.htm">http://bteaching.com/arithmattack.htm</a></p>
<p>Drill in arithmetic is sometimes underrated, but fluency in math is just like fluency in reading. Its much easier to see the beauty in poetry when you can read easily, and it is much easier to appreciate the beauty in algebra and calculus when calculating isn't painful!</p>
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http://bteaching.com/lesson-plan-ideas/how-many-arithmetic-problems-can-you-answer-60-seconds#commentsarithmeticmathThu, 15 Jul 2010 04:46:33 +0000admin17 at http://bteaching.comHalf of a One-sided Paper = ?
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<p>What do you get when you cut a Mobius strip in half lengthwise? The answer may surprise you!</p>
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<p>This is a simple exercise but may be both motivating and confounding. </p>
<p>For children who have not played with Mobius strips before, start by introducing the idea of the strip - here are a few ways:</p>
<p>1) ask the child, 'is there a way to make this strip of paper have only one side?'</p>
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<p>2) make one without explanation by simply cutting a strip of paper, twisting it, and taping the ends. Ask your child to draw a line along the shape as far as they can.</p>
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<p>This variation on Twenty Questions teaches kids a bit of information theory and lets them take a different approach to powers of 2.</p>
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<p>First, the kids should be familiar with the regular game of Twenty Questions. </p>
<p>Then, ask as an open-ended question: "Suppose instead of the whole world. you were only allowed to think of certain objects. How many questions would it take to find the right one? What if the questions had to have only yes/no answers?"</p>
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