Maria's Math News, Vol. 63, May 2012

I love teaching, and I love math. This newsletter is my way of reaching out and helping you to teach it, too.

Hello again! The school year may be winding down for many of us now. In case you are planning for the next year, notice the Math Mammoth sale coming up soon!


1. Math Mammoth news
2. Proportion videos
3. XP Math
4. Tidbits

1. Math Mammoth news

Alignment to Common Core standards is now complete for grades 1 and 2. You can read about the major changes as compared to the earlier editions here:

Math Mammoth Grade 1 aligned to the Common Core Standards

Math Mammoth Grade 2 aligned to the Common Core Standards

As for the remaining grades, I expect to take about 2 months per grade to finish the alignment. Grade 3 is scheduled for June.

Updates for old customers:

May sale! I'll run a sale in the latter part of May where you can get ALL Math Mammoth downloads & CDs for 20% off at Kagi store. I'll send a separate email about it when time is near...

2. Proportion videos

Check out these videos of mine on solving proportions, unit rates, proportional relationships, and scaling geometric figures. I solve several word problems and explain these concepts in detail.

These videos are NOT short 2-3 minute little clips like you commonly see on Youtube. They are like complete lessons around 12 minutes each (teachers: you can use them as lesson plans!).

These videos are suitable for pre-algebra / grade 7, and are aligned to the Common Core standards concerning proportions in grade 7 math. (And, some day I will be offering a pre-algebra curriculum complete with videos - these are a foretaste of that!)

=> Proportion videos

Are your kids developing good study skills?

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K5's 14-day free trial includes full access to the program and free reading and math assessments. Don't forget to enter MM2012 as your promotional code!

3. XP Math

XP math is a site full of math games, most for arithmetic but including some for algebra & probability. Here are some I tried. Enjoy!

4. Tidbits

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Till next time,
Maria Miller
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