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Math anxiety and how to prevent it

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Photo courtesy of Wecometolearn Updated!

7 Reasons behind Math Anxiety and How to Prevent It

This article lists some of the major factors that contribute to math anxiety in students and gives helpful ideas for teachers to motivate children to study math and to prevent math anxiety. Including:

- how teachers feel about math
- whether mistakes are valued or not
- tests and especially timed tests
- whether math is presented to be a creative subject or not

... and more! Check it out!

Math teachers at play #79

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Math teachers at play #79 blog carnival is up!

Go check it out. I found for example these interesting resources:
A variation of Sudoku puzzle plus a link to many more. Spider web math art - I want to do this one with my kids.

Math Mammoth South African version, grades 4 and 5

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Math Mammoth South African version is now available for grades 4 and 5!

Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 4

Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 5

You can read detailed descriptions and download free samples at the above links.

The South African version has been customized to South Africa in the following manners:
The names used are South African names (instead of Jack and Jill, there are Ansie and Mampho).
The currency used in word problems is rand. The money chapter teaches both rand and cents, of course.
The material is "all metric". In other words, the US customary measuring units are not used.Spelling is British English instead of American English.
Paper size is A4.
Geographic locations used emphasize South African locations (such as Pretoria, Johannesburg).




Math Mammoth giveaway!

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It is time for a giveaway of my Math Mammoth products!

There will be 17 prizes!
The "grand prize":
ONE (1) winner will get Math Mammoth All Inclusive bundle - either a download or a CDTWO (2) winners will get Math Mammoth Light Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDFOUR (4) winners will get Math Mammoth Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDTEN (10) winners will get one grade level of Math Mammoth Light Blue series - download - the grade level is chosen by each winner. The winners will be chosen by a random number generator.



Something SPECIAL

This giveaway is COUPLED with something else... CDs by my favorite music group, 24K Gold Music.

Each of the 17 winners has the CHOICE of also receiving a music CD by 24K Gold Music.

How will you know if you would like their music?

Please WATCH videos clips of their music on this page.


How to take part?

Simply send an email to the address prize [at] mathmammoth [dot] com between now and midnight Pacific time, …

Lesson on Fibonacci numbers

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Have you ever heard about the Fibonacci numbers and the Golden ratio?


A tiling that uses squares whose side lengths are successive Fibonacci numbers. Ask students to continue it! Image from Wikipedia.

Here's a lesson I just wrote about them:

Fibonacci numbers and the golden section – lesson for middle and high school students

If you like it, share it!

You might ask, "Should our children or students even learn about Fibonacci numbers or the golden ratio?"

True, they aren't any standard fare in math books. However, I feel that yes, students should know about them. I think it's important that our young people learn a few math topics that show how MATH appears in NATURE. You could even call it "MATH APPRECIATION".

Children study "art appreciation" so they can appreciate human works of art. Shouldn't we also appreciate the "artworks" in nature, such as flower petals and seed heads? And, once you understand a little bit about the math…

Worksheets in PDF form

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You can now make worksheets for these topics in both html and PDF formats at my site:
Basic division facts (grades 3-4)Long division (grades 4-6)Division with remainders (grades 3-5)Equivalent fractionsFraction additionClockMeasurement units, grade 3Measurement units, grade 4Measurement units, grade 5Measurement units, grade 6
The pages also include lots of ready-made PDF worksheets. Enjoy!