Math Coach's Corner
What If You Don't Have Dice At Home (to play math games)? (04/02/2020)
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. Or...you 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 random.org’s Dice Roller.
(Suggestions from website: driscollmath.com)
Math Picture Books List (ebooks from the Hawaii State Public Library) - (03/19/2020)
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:
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
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong
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)
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
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)
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 (03/19/2020)
Math Games and Activities to do at Home
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2020
Ways for Parents to Engage Children With Math (January 2020)
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 Math, reminds 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 (bedtimemath.org). 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 (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.