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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

K-5: Math is Everywhere!

By: Margo Ensz
March 31st, 2015

April is Mathematics Awareness Month! This year's theme is "Math Drives Careers." Math can be an engaging and intuitive subject for some students, but often it is a dry subject for others. These students ask, "When will I use this in real life?" One way to answer that question and engage learners is to demonstrate that math is all around us. 

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

Math Problem Solving Strategies (Primary) - Lesson Plan & Templates

By: Margo Ensz
April 30th, 2014

This lesson plan is part of our partnership with two super creative educators from The Curriculum Corner, bringing you free Common Core aligned lesson ideas, teacher resources, and templates you can easily print with your VariQuest Perfecta Poster Design System - and be sure you have the latest version of the VariQuest Software!  Lesson: Introduction to Problem Solving Strategies (Two-Day Lesson)  Level: Primary Objectives & CCSS Alignment: Students will increase independence in using various strategies to solve different types of word problems. *Note: CCSS has problem solving strategies spread throughout the domains for math.  This lesson focuses on giving them a review of each of the various strategies.  It is suggested that teachers follow up this review with a more in-depth lesson in each of the strategies as they fit naturally into the curriculum or as there is student need.  Materials & Visuals:  Anchor Chart – Problem Solving Strategies My Math Notes for Problem Solving Click on each image to download the PDF and print to a poster!     Preparation: Think through a sample problem for each of the strategies listed on the anchor chart.  These will be shown to the students as examples. Prepare “Problem Solving” anchor chart for mini-lesson. Copy the “My Math Notes for Problem Solving” page for each child in the classroom.  You may choose to three-hole-punch this page for use in a Math Notes binder/folder to be kept by students and referred to throughout the year.  Mini-Lesson:  Ask students what a “strategy” is.  Accept several answers and then lead the class to the conclusion that a strategy is a plan to reach a goal.  In math a strategy would be a plan to reach a final answer. Display the anchor chart titled “Problem Solving Strategies” for the students.  Tell them that these are some ways that they can use to solve all kinds of different math problems. Pass out “My Math Notes for Problem Solving” to each student and explain that this page is a place for them to write down some notes that will help them to remember what each strategy is and how to use it.  They will keep this in their math binder/folder and can pull it out as a reminder when needed. *Note: The boxes of this resource have been left blank so that the teacher can decide the level of support needed to fill it out.  Students may need to draw or write exactly what the teacher shares for each strategy or they may be allowed to draw or write whatever they feel will help them to remember the strategy. Briefly explain a few of the eight strategies and guide students as to how you would like for them to take their notes (copying the teacher notes or creating their own depending on grade or skill level).  Introduce however many strategies that time allows for in this first lesson, and then complete the note-taking for the final strategies the following day. Have students place their Math Notes into an organized binder or folder that will be kept and used throughout the year. Did you like this lesson? Leave a comment and let us know what topics you would like us to cover in future posts and we will work on delivering free resources to help you prepare for your lessons!

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Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Common Core | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download

Math Problem Solving Strategies (Intermediate) - Lesson Plan & Templates

By: Margo Ensz
April 21st, 2014

We are excited to announce our partnership with two super creative educators from The Curriculum Corner! You can expect to see more blog posts containing free Common Core aligned lesson ideas, teacher resources and templates you can easily print with your VariQuest® Perfecta® Poster Design System - just be sure you have the latest version of the VariQuest Software!  Lesson: Introduction to Problem Solving Strategies (Two-Day Lesson) 

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VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades 9-12: Recognizing National Mathematics Awareness Month

By: Julia Cremin
April 7th, 2014

The theme of National Mathematics Awareness Month, 2014 is Mathematics, Magic and Mystery. Each day in April, the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will reveal a short video introducing a theme-related activity, along with materials to support instruction at varying levels. The activities will align with one of the images on the theme poster (download a .pdf of this poster here.)

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades 6-8: Exploring Pi

By: Lindsey Graff
April 7th, 2014

Engage students with this hands-on activity that leads them to understand the formula for the area of a circle. Pi Day, 3/14, is considered a national holiday to most math instructors. To commemorate this day, or to help incorporate a tactile learning experience in which students understand the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle, use the following paper folding activity.

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Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades K-5 Lesson: Top Ten VariQuest Math Activities

By: Julia Cremin
April 7th, 2014

In honor of Mathematics Awareness Month, the following activities provide creative ways to incorporate manipulatives into the core math instruction in your classroom.

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades 9-12 Activity: Number Tricks & Algebra

By: Lindsey Graff
October 14th, 2013

Challenge students to decode the algebraic equations behind number “tricks”

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Design Center Software | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades 6-8 Activity: Logic Puzzles

By: Lindsey Graff
October 14th, 2013

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Grades K-5 Activity: Solving Word Problems

By: Lindsey Graff
October 14th, 2013

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Academic Subject: STEM | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Mathematics

Geometric Shapes

By: Lindsey Graff
August 31st, 2013

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