Eye on Curriculum: Mathematics Month

mathappimageWelcome back, April! The start of each new month means the start of a new Eye on Curriculum blog series. Each year, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) deems April as Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM), so in its honor, our blog focus this month will be on math.

The 2013 MAM theme is the Mathematics of Sustainability (a fitting choice, as April is also considered Earth Month). According the JPBM site, “Humanity continually faces the task of how to balance human needs against the world’s resources… Mathematics helps us better understand these complex issues and is used by mathematicians and practitioners in a wide range of fields to seek creative solutions for a sustainable way of life.”

Your abcteach Eye on Curriculum posts will highlight math from a number of different audience angles, including preschool, home school, and special needs. We’ll share colorful how-to tips, great resources on abcteach, as well effective ideas for your class and home learning environment.

First off, here are a few key math sections and abcteach features to check out:

• Math – Browse our general math category for the skills and exercises that you need. You’ll find everything from basic addition and number concepts to time, measurement, problem solving and more.

• abctools Math Generators – Our abctools worksheet generators – including addition, fractions, patterns, and place value – allow you to personalize exercises based on your students needs. Each tool provides an answer sheet, formatting and clip art options, and the ability to create an infinite amount of like-skilled problem sets. There are over 50 free and member tools available.

• Interactive Math Files – Interactive files help liven up your math lessons while reinforcing your students’ learning. They come in variety of themes and skills, for students preK and up. No white board? No problem. Interactive files can all be accessed using your standard classroom computer.

• Common Core Math – The Common Core Math section addresses necessary elements and required math skills for students K – 6th grade. It reviews core domains, such as Geometry, Measurement & Data, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, and more. Also, don’t forget to check out our Common Core, Math Skills blog from veteran teacher, Kathy Butler.

• Math Magician App – Our Math Magician app is a fun and interactive way for your student or child to learn Common Core curriculum mathematics (1st – 6th grade). You and the magician will learn counting, addition, subtraction, greater than/less than values, multiplication, and division in a magical way…

We hope that these sections and the upcoming blogs provide support and inspiration to your April lesson planning. As always, please let us know what you think or what you need to make your classroom even more successful. Happy Math Awareness Month!

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

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