# Math Activities

• Mathematics Activities

Math has evolved from computation to an emphasis on problem solving. Computation is still important, but it is used to solve real-life problems. Let your child know that there are multiple ways to solve problems. Therefore, encourage your child to have a good attitude about math! Your child can share their thoughts about theses activities in class during math time. We love math!

Problem Solving with Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

• Estimate the cost of the groceries in a shopping cart.
• Double a recipe or cut the recipe in half.
• Figure the cost of lunch at a restaurant.
• Determine how many gallons of gas a parent can buy with \$20.00 or \$40.00.
• Determine how long, you will need to save your allowance in order to buy a particular item.

• Spend time discussing math problems. Ask your child to share his or her reasoning and solutions in written form.
• Encourage your child to explain his or her math thinking verbally and in written form using numbers, diagrams and math vocabulary words.

Mental Math

• Add up different prices in a store
• Estimate prices and figure out the tax
• Decide on an appropriate tip

Practice Multiplication and Division Combinations

To develop good computation strategies, students need to become fluent with their multiplication combinations from 1 x 6 to 12 x 12, often known as "multiplication facts" or "multiplication tables." This will also help your child to learn his or her "division facts,' too.

• Which multiplication combinations are you learning? Then, have your child write these combinations each week.
• Is there a related combination that you already know? Could that be a useful clue and how can you relate it to division?
• Which two or three combinations should we focus on this week?