Maria's Math News, July 2014

Find math games for summer fun, a course for how to learn math (for students), worksheets for simplifying expressions, and more!


Since many of you are on summer vacation, this newsletter brings you some summer math ideas (How to Learn Math course and math games). smile

We'll explore

1. Math Mammoth stuff

2. Worksheets for simplifying expressions (grades 6-8)

3. How to Learn Math - student course (grades 4-12)

4. UberSmart Software Needs Your Help (grades 1-4)

5. Math games websites for some summer fun (grades 1-8)



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    1. Math Mammoth stuff

    • I expect to have Math Mammoth Grade 7-A (the first part of grade 7) available as a download in late August. This will be a full-fledged pre-algebra course, and continues the Light Blue series, which currently covers grades 1-6.

      I thought some might enjoy seeing a little "peek" into the new curriculum so I have prepared the lesson Addition and Subtraction Equations as a free PDF download for you.
    • Sales! Homeschool Buyers Co-op will run a ONE-DAY only sale for Math Mammoth bundle products on July 16. They will also have a traditional group buy for MM products in August.

      Also, I will run a regular sale at Kagi store in August -- for all downloads and CDs.

      I have asked Rainbow Resource about a sale for the Math Mammoth printed books, and I still don't have a final word from them about it.
    • And don't forget Math Mammoth Photo contest! The details are here. I have gotten 11 submissions so far so there's room for more!


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    2. Worksheets for simplifying expressions

    I've made a worksheet generator for simplifying expressions, meant for pre-algebra 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 2x2 · (−5x3) and −4x2 · y2 / 3x5.

    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 course

    Last 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 thought-provoking topics.

    Now she is offering a student version of the course, and once again it is free.

    The different concepts covered are:
    • Knocking Down the Myths About Math
    • Math and Mindset
    • Mistakes and Speed
    • Number Flexibility, Mathematical Reasoning, and Connections
    • Number Patterns and Representations
    • Math in Life, Nature and Work

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    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 Help

    I 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, 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 with an Assessment Test report attached will receive a free family license. See for full details.

    Thank you!

    David Kocur

    5. Math games websites for some summer fun

    I know all kids love games, so here are THREE math game websites for you and your students to enjoy during the summer!
    1. Hooda Math

      From kindergarten through 8th grade. Includes logic, geometry, shop, number, building, physics games, and more!
    2. Math Nook

      Math Nook concentrates on grades 1-6. All the games are listed by topic (counting, addition, measurement, place value, factors, decimals, division, fractions, estimation, and so on). Each game also lists the corresponding CCS standard, if any.
    3. KidsMathTV

      A bunch of games from kindergarten through 7th grade.

    That's it for this newsletter! I hope you found something beneficial. smile

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    Till next time,
    Maria Miller
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