Maria's Math News, July 2014Find math games for summer fun, a course for how to learn math (for students), worksheets for simplifying expressions, and more! 
Hello!
Since many of you are on summer vacation, this newsletter brings you some summer math ideas (How to Learn Math course and math games). We'll explore 2. Worksheets for simplifying expressions (grades 68) 3. How to Learn Math  student course (grades 412) 4. UberSmart Software Needs Your Help (grades 14) 5. Math games websites for some summer fun (grades 18) ~Maria 
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1. Math Mammoth stuff

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2. Worksheets for simplifying expressionsI've made a worksheet generator for simplifying expressions, meant for prealgebra and algebra 1.The expressions include ones where you need to combine like terms (such as 2t − 9 − 6t + 2), use the distributive property (such as 9 − 2(x + 7)), and to multiply and divide monomials, such as 2x^{2} · (−5x^{3}) and −4x^{2} · y^{2} / 3x^{5}. To customize the worksheets, you can control the number of problems, difficulty level, range of numbers used as coefficients and constants, the usage of decimals, the amount of workspace, a border around the problems, and additional instructions. 
3. How to Learn Math  student courseLast year, I took a free online course by professor Jo Boaler titled How to Learn Math.I loved the course. I learned about the value of mistakes, brain growth, number talks and number sense, and other VERY refreshing and thoughtprovoking topics. Now she is offering a student version of the course, and once again it is free. The different concepts covered are:
Read a detailed description and register at How to Learn Math: Student Course Since I loved the similar course for teachers last year, I am SURE this course is very beneficial to students! 
4. UberSmart Software Needs Your HelpI have a message from David Kocur from UberSmart Software, where he's looking for beta testers for his math facts program.If you have a student that needs to learn or practice their addition or multiplication tables, and a computer running Windows 8, Window 7, or Windows Vista, then UberSmart Software needs you. They are looking for help testing their latest updates to UberSmart Math Facts. To participate in the Beta test, go to http://mathfacts.ubersmartsoftware.com/betatest.php, download the program, and use it. What's in it for you? In addition to getting to use the program for free for 60 days, the first 50 testers that send an email to betatest@ubersmartsoftware.com with an Assessment Test report attached will receive a free family license. See http://mathfacts.ubersmartsoftware.com/betatest.php for full details. Thank you! David Kocur 
5. Math games websites for some summer funI know all kids love games, so here are THREE math game websites for you and your students to enjoy during the summer!

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