# Maria's Math News, Vol. 59, January 2012

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

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Greetings! This time the newsletter is filled with Math Mammoth related news, plus my new videos.

~Maria

1. Math Mammoth news
2. New videos of mine
3. Review of K5Learning
4. Tidbits

## 1. Math Mammoth news

I have made a little promotional video where I explain a little bit about the origin of Math Mammoth books and show my mascot, Mathy. You can see the video on the home page (scroll down).

I also got a NEW LOGO for Math Mammoth:

If you need this graphic, see a collection of different size logos here. The book covers will be upgraded too!

Then, something IMPORTANT. I will be aligning Math Mammoth to the Common Core standards. This might take me half a year. Thus far it looks like just minor changes for grades 1-5, and a bit more changes for grade 6.

Nearly all US states (only 5 or 6 haven't) either have adopted or will adopt the Common Core standards, so this means that Math Mammoth will probably be aligned to YOUR state's standards as well!

Actually, Math Mammoth is even now fairly well aligned to the Common Core standards. Common Core standards are based on having a few "focus" areas for each grade level (instead of the "inch deep and mile wide" curriculum so prevalent in the past), and Math Mammoth being a mastery-based program has always had similar basic focus areas for each grade.

I've also gotten one more "teacher report". Ms. Pineda used the area and perimeter lessons from my early geometry book with her 3rd grade bilingual classroom. Read her experience & lesson plans.

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## 2. New videos of mine

I mentioned these in my December newsletter but many of you missed that, so I wanted to mention them again. Plus, I have one more video page now, fraction videos, part 2.

• Percent videos - these videos match many of the lessons in my book Math Mammoth Percent (Blue Series book), or the lessons in chapter 9 of Grade 5-B (Light Blue series), or chapter 6 in Grade 6-B (Light Blue series).

Find videos about concept of percent, using decimals in percent problems, mental math & percent, sales tax, discounts, percent of changes, and percent of comparison.

• Fraction videos, part 1 - these videos match many of the lessons in my book Math Mammoth Fractions 1 (Blue Series book), or the lessons in chapter 5 of Grade 5-B (Light Blue series).

Mixed numbers to fractions and vv., adding & subtracting like fractions, adding & subtracting mixed numbers, equivalent fractions, adding & subtracting unlike fractions, comparing fractions.

• Fraction videos, part 2 - these videos match many of the lessons in my book Math Mammoth Fractions 2 (Blue Series book), or the lessons in chapter 6 of Grade 5-B (Light Blue series).

Simplifying fractions, multiplying fractions by whole numbers, multiplying fractions by fractions, fraction multiplication and area, simplify before multiplying, divide fractions mentally, fraction division & reciprocal numbers, a fractional part of a whole, and ratios and fractions.

• Geometry videos, part 1 - the first videos on this page match many of the lessons in my book Math Mammoth Geometry 1 (Blue Series book), or the lessons in chapter 6 of Grade 4-B (Light Blue series).

Drawing a right angle/rectangle, perimeter, area, area versus perimeter, using a protractor, and more.

## 3. Review of K5Learning

K5Learning is an online reading and math enrichment program for grades K-5. It is intended to be a supplemental program, such as for after-school study, or a supplement to your home school curriculum.

K5 Learning actually includes four separate programs:

• K5 Reading has tutorials and activities covering phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension.

• K5 Math has lessons, exercise, and games for all K-5 math topics, and includes numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.

• K5 Spelling is a simple spelling and vocabulary program, featuring adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, and a 150,000+ word database.

• K5 Math Facts uses adaptive technology to help kids develop instant recall of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

K5Learning features a 14-day free trial, which I recommend you take, to see what it is all about, and if it would help your child. They also have lots of sample lessons.

Check out my complete review!

## 4. Tidbits

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Till next time,
Maria Miller