Math Coach's Corner

What If You Don't Have Dice At Home (to play math games)? (04/02/2020)File:6sided dice.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

There are a lot of games that involve dice.  

What do you do with the games that require dice and you don’t have any at home?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Google “roll dice” and use that. can click on this link for virtual dice.
  • Write numbers you need on pieces of paper and pull them out of a hat, bucket or bowl.
  • Ask “Siri” or “Alexa.” (Example:  “Tell me a number between 1 and 10”)
  • Make an origami box and write numbers 1 through 6 on the sides.
  • Write the numbers, and do eeny meeny miny mo (start at different numbers).
  • Ask your parents to choose a number.
  • Take a handful of random objects, like rice or beans, out of a box or bowl. Count them and use that number.
  • Use’s Dice Roller.

(Suggestions from website:

 Math Picture Books List  (ebooks from the Hawaii State Public Library)
Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020

If you have a Hawaii State Public Library Card, ebooks* (and audiobooks) are available to you for free!  Here is a list of math picture books that are available as ebooks from the Hawaii State Public Library. These links take you straight to the books at the Hawaii State Public Library:

Counting books:

One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book by Phyllis Root

Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin

Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Cristelow

Bear Counts by Karma Wilson

Bears at the Beach Counting 10 to 20 by Niki Yektai

20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris

One, Two Buckle My Shoe by Salina Yoon

Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade

Shape Books:

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong

Pattern Books:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Collandro

Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong (audiobook)

Measurement Books:

Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Adding and Subtracting Books:

The Crayon Counting Book by Pam Munoz Ryan

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss

Money Books: 

Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst

A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Multiplication and Divisions Books:

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins (audiobook)

Number Sense:

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

*Click on this link to get instructions to get started reading ebooks from the Hawaii State Public Library.

Math Games and Activities to do at Home

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to stay home to practice social distancing.  We all still should be reading, writing, and doing math.  Here are some fun activities and games that you can share with your children.  Enjoy!
Grade K:  Two Dice
Grades K & 1:  How Many Are Hiding?
Grades K & 1:  Tens Go Fish
Grades K - 5:  Shut the Box
Grades 1 & 2:  Tic-Tac-Toe Sums
Grades 1 - 6:  Dicey Addition
Grades 3 - 5:  School Necklaces
Grades 3 - 6:  Tic-Tac-Toe Products
Grades 3 - 6:  How Close to 100
Grades 3 - 6:  Race to 100
Here are some that I enjoy doing with students.  Stay safe and have fun!
Take care!
Mrs. Kaichi-Imamura
Math Coach
Salt Lake Elementary
Ways for Parents to Engage Children With Math 
(From SLES Parent Bulletin, January 2020)
Taken from Global Family Research Project

Read books that highlight mathematical themes. Herb Ginsburg and colleagues from Teachers College, Columbia University, stress the importance of reading books with mathematical themes together. While reading, parents can ask questions that get children to count, identify shapes, and explain their thinking. Early-childhood educators and librarians are good resources to talk to about books and digital media with mathematical content, and many libraries offer story times and playful activities with math content.  

Let children wrangle with math questions and derive their own solutions. Laura Overdeck, the founder of Bedtime Mathreminds families that it’s sometimes good to let children struggle with math problems. Students of all ages need time to figure out why answers are what they are. Don’t just jump right in and give them the solutions. She also reminds parents to be aware of how you talk about math. It’s important to avoid saying you hate it.

Use “math talk.Taniesha Woods, co-editor of Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood, stresses that families are perfectly situated to talk about quantity, counting, and shapes anywhere children and families are—at home, in the park, or in the grocery store. For example, when you are eating cookies, count how many you have, talk about their shape, and ask what happens when you break them apart, eat them up, or ask for more. 

Note from Math Coach, Mrs. Kaichi-Imamura: I especially encourage families to visit the website Bedtime Math (  It is free and gives math problems at different levels.  Bedtime Math encourages students to think about math in different ways and there are interesting problems (with interesting facts)  to try everyday.  (You can even go back and see archived math problems from when Bedtime Math started!)  Try it and let me know what you think!

How You Can Help Your Child in Math:
(From SLES Parent Bulletin, December 2019)
  • Encourage children not to give up while solving problems, to build stamina and develop their critical thinking skills.  Don't give them the answers - ask them to think of different ways they can solve problems.
  • Have children illustrate the math they were thinking in their head and discuss it out loud.
  • Have children apply their math knowledge to a real-world scenario at home, such as doubling a recipe or calculating the area of a room.
  • Help children practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
From Student Achievement Partners at
Hey SLES Dolphins!  Check out the Puzzle Place to find problems/puzzles to think about!