# Maria's Math News, Vol. 56, October 2011

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

• Unlimited practice and worksheets on K-6 math skills
• Fun badges! Students earn points for learning!
• Instructional videos and explanations
• Real-time progress reports

Hello again! With October at hand, school is in full swing. Check out all the resources in the newsletter—I hope I found something for everybody!

1. Area & perimeter lessons and videos
2. Math in the real life: resources
3. Fun & practice with Roman numerals
4. GIVEAWAY: Math Rider
5. Tidbits

## 1. Area & perimeter lessons and videos

Some new geometry lessons, for about 4th-5th grade level. You can watch a video and then read the lesson and see the sample exercises.

Area of Rectangles

Perimeter

Area versus Perimeter

## 2. Math in the real life: resources

I've put together a page of web resources about math in the real world. These include a website with movies that show how algebra is used in real life, a site with multimedia explorations, information about careers that require mathematics, sites with activity worksheets with real-life data, and some articles. Enjoy!

## 3. Fun & practice with Roman numerals

Someone asked me recently whether I include Roman Numerals in Math Mammoth. Yes, I do... they are in the 3rd grade materials, but the section is not extensive.

For some extra fun, learning, and practice with them, check out these web resources for Roman Numerals. You'll find tutorials, games, worksheets, dot-to-dots, and even a web quest.

## 4. GIVEAWAY: Math Rider

You, my readers, have REALLY liked the recent giveaways, so here's one more! And again, it is for helping with math facts. I guess that is a popular topic.

Math Rider is donating FIVE copies of their Intelligent Math Facts Game software for the giveaway. I will also give away FIVE copies of Math Mammoth Blue Series download - so there are a total of 10 winners!

Here's how it works:
1. To participate, send me an email with the "giveaway" as the subject line. That's all that's needed for that. Please don't include questions in that email as I'm not planning to read these... If you have a question, title your email something else.

2. The giveaway runs till midnight EST Monday, October 3.

3. After that, I will choose the winners using Random.org random number generator and let them know.
By the way... I was told by the MathRider team that there is a new, improved version on its way and that the price is likely to rise when it comes out (soon). All existing users will receive the update for free, so if you are considering purchasing the game, now would be a great time to do so.

Special Discount For Maria's Math News Readers
Also... during the next 10 days (till October 12), you can get Math Rider for 25% off (normal price \$37). Enter code "maria25" (case insensitive) into the field "How did you hear about us?" at Math Rider checkout, and the 25% discount will be applied.

## 5. Tidbits

• Yummy Math
Yummy Math has real-life math activities (as PDF and Doc files) that are free. The solutions, however, are only available to subscribers. Recent topics include Starbucks, light bulbs, NFL, the U.S. Open, Labor Day, hurricanes, earthquakes, cheesy goldfish, going back to school, the hot summer, cost of diapers, or even the rescue of Chilean miners, etc. etc. You can find real-world math activities that relate to social studies, earth science, food, entertainment, sports, holidays etc. The activities are well-planned and so varied!

• Perennial Math - math competition
A new mathematics competition for students in grades 4-8. Your students can participate at either a team level or individual student level. The competition consists of 5 tests each year (November-March). Each test contains 5 questions that get progressively harder. The tests must be completed in 30 minutes.

• Multi-Facts
Yet one more product to help students practice multiplication facts. This one is based on the popular SUDOKU game, but instead of filling the grids/columns/rows with numbers from 1-9, you use multiplication tables. Available as an app at iTunes, or as downloads.

• Table searches (PDF)
Here's a FREE resource for multiplication tables. They are like word searches but you search for multiplication facts instead.

• 10 Quickies
These are interesting math review worksheets... with 10 questions per page, but each page has a scenery that kids can color afterwards. At the moment, only for 5th grade. A few free samples available. Purchase price is \$11.95 for 100 worksheets.

• The American Math Challenge
All U.S. schools and students (including homeschoolers) are invited to register now for the American Math Challenge. Online practice starts Monday, October 3. The competition itself is October 12-13. This is a free even where students "race" with math facts.

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Till next time,
Maria Miller