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Math Slicer - A Fun Alternative to Flashcards - iPad Apps for School

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"Math Slicer is an iPad app that presents a fun alternative to using flashcards to practice basic mathematics skills. In Math Slicer students are shown addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems that they have to answer by “slicing” the correct answer in half. The answer choices jump up on the screen and students have to slice them before they disappear."

 


Via John Evans
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I think this would be a great alternative to flash cards. Many of my students have told me that they love the game "fruit ninja" which is a game that has a similar style.  This game could make math more relatable to the students. 

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Fabio Lam's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:17 PM

Fun and interactive app to help students learn more about Math in a "Fruit Ninja" style. 

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Real World Math Problems

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Mathalicious lessons teach standards-based math through real-world topics that students care about.

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A classmate posted the link to this website, and the introductory video is great. It makes the points we have been talking about all semester, which is that students are more motivated to learn when the topics are about the real world, and can relate to their lives. The site offers common core aligned lessons that allow teachers to connect to real world applications. The cheapest subscription is 10/month. I would be interested to know if someone has used it and if they think it is worth the paid subscription? 

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Samantha Hines's curator insight, December 14, 2013 10:35 PM

This website is a really interesting resource with tons of lesson ideas to make math relevant and meaningful for students. The creator was a math teacher and struggled with why his students hated math. He found that their common thoughts were, “I don’t know what it means and when I’ll ever use it”. So, he decided to create standards-based math lessons that relate to relevant and real world topics. For example, you can find lessons on the NBA, the iPad, and the odds of life on other planets. Students can explore questions like, is the Wheel of Fortune rigged? Do people with smaller feet get overcharged for shoes? All of these interesting contexts still allow teachers to address more standards in less time and provide opportunities for the rich conversations all teachers strive for. The information is also presented in many different ways: handouts, multimedia resources, online interactive activities, etc. which encourages accessibility for different types of learners. As the theme seems to stand across those speaking on meaningful math, the concept behind Mathalicious is that students won’t just be learning math, they’ll be using math to learn about the real world.  Once this connection is made, I believe it provides an opportunity for much deeper learning, retention, and transfer. The lessons are also Common Core aligned. The lesson I found most intriguing was about TV and movie services such as Redbox and Netflix. The introduction states, “Between theaters, DVD’s, and Internet streaming, accessing your favorite movie has never been easier. But when you want to watch a movie, how can you figure out which service offers the most value?” By using authentic and meaningful contexts, this website lets teachers interest their students and address Common Core standards at the same time. 

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Twitter / groganbee: Use @LEGO_Group to teach ...

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Love the idea of using legos to teach fractions. I think students would be excited to see examples of fractions in something that they play with. 

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Jenny Choi's curator insight, December 15, 2013 6:50 PM

This is an example of a fun, unique way of teachnig fractions. Normally, fractions is visually taught with "pie charts" and other shapes. Taking this different approach is beneficial because it gets students to see fractions through a whole new, yet consistent, way. It will also engage them because legos are more hands-on and interesting than pie charts! It is also useful because the shapes are consistent, whereas if students were to hand-draw fractions using pie charts, they may not be. 

Alexis's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:38 PM

This is a great,creative way to teach fractions. This is a fantastic visual aid for students especially when they begin to add and subtract fractions. I believe that it would give students a better understanding of fractions overall including how to make one whole. This would be a great set of manipulatives to have in my classroom and to make math accessible to my students. 

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Math Slicer - A Fun Alternative to Flashcards - iPad Apps for School

Math Slicer - A Fun Alternative to Flashcards - iPad Apps for School | Making Mathematics Accessible and Meaningful | Scoop.it

"Math Slicer is an iPad app that presents a fun alternative to using flashcards to practice basic mathematics skills. In Math Slicer students are shown addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems that they have to answer by “slicing” the correct answer in half. The answer choices jump up on the screen and students have to slice them before they disappear."

 


Via John Evans
Alysia's insight:

I think this would be a great alternative to flash cards. Many of my students have told me that they love the game "fruit ninja" which is a game that has a similar style.  This game could make math more relatable to the students. 

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Fabio Lam's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:17 PM

Fun and interactive app to help students learn more about Math in a "Fruit Ninja" style. 

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Twitter / mrsdkrebs: Applying math to compare gas ...

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Love the idea of comparing gas prices to get students to engage with math outside of the classroom. It would be a great way for them see how math is meaningful as they look around their community for the lowest gas prices 

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I think it would be great to bring in guest speakers/visitors who have careers in the field of mathematics. That way, students would be able to see how adults use mathematics in the real world. Or, have guest speakers talk about how they use mathematics in their jobs, so that students will see that it is useful 

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Math & Movement

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One girl in the video says, "Math is funner than you think!" Incorporating movement into math can be good for kinesthetic learners in your classroom and help them relate more to math. I would love to try this out with students in my first grade class.  I see how quickly they lose focus when a math lesson is only comprised of a lecture and then a page or two in their workbooks. Being able to get up out of their seats is a great way from them to engage. Also, using songs seems like a great way to help them remember what they've learned.  

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Math about Me

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Students fill in the rays sharing math-related facts about themselves. For more information and samples, see this post -
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I love this "Math About Me" worksheet. I think it would be fun, even for older students. It's just a fun way to see how we can use numbers and math to describe ourselves and the world around us. I also really like that the different sections reinforce different skills including counting and measurement. I will definitely use this in my classroom. 

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Alexis's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:06 AM

I actually used this in the beginning of the year. My students were engaged and it was related to them. It shows how math is related to them and is in everyday life. They really had to think though about the numbers and the math. I think that this activity is a great "ice breaker" for the beginning of the year and gets students thinking. Promoting a Math Community

Jenee' Greenwood's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:21 PM

I would love to have my students complete an activity like this. They would be able to see how math relates to their personal lives. Numbers dont only exist in math problems, but at home (your address) or even your weight. Math surrounds us and is involved with just about everything we do. This activity would allow the students to recognize the relevance of math in their daily lives.

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Would You Rather...

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Make a salary of $30,000 per year OR the full time rate of $15 per hour? Assume that you would work a 40 hour work week with the hourly rate. Assume that you would receive the same vacation time fo...
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I like this idea because it challenges students to justify their decisions, as well as tackle the math involved in figuring out what their choice would be. Also, this will help make math relevant to students lives because eventually they will all have to take jobs and think about salaries!

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