Beginning Math

Methods and resources for teaching basic number skills and concepts for elementary learners.

Converting Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers star
Mixed numbers entered the chamber booth and exited as improper fractions to aid in the task of subtracting mixed numbers. Click to see how it all works.

Comparing Fractions star
Comparing fractions are not as difficult as you think. Four methods to easily compare fractions plus two practice games.

Divisibility Rules - Finding Factors star
Have you ever wondered if a number is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9? Here are a few divisibility rule math tips to help you.

Division - Parts and How It Works star
Parts of a division problem and how it works

GCF - By Listing Factors star
GCF. What does it stand for? Is there another way to find it without using prime factorization? Why learn it? I’m glad you asked. Click and learn.

How to Divide star
Take a look at this mnemonic to help your child remember and understand the steps or algorithm for long division.

How to Explain Division? star
Need help explaining or understanding division? Click for Clarity!

How to Find Prime Numbers star
A sure way to find prime numbers and an online demonstration.

How to Multiply star
After the multiplication facts are learned, the next step is to multiply larger numbers. Let’s look at several methods including the Lattice method.

How to Round a Number star
How to round whole numbers plus several examples

Learning Shapes - Math Activity star
What Shapes Do You See? An Activity for class or home

Math Songs and Poems star
Using music, songs, poems, and rhymes are fun ways to reinforce, teach, and learn math.

Mean - Median - Mode - Range star
Do you have a challenge remembering what to do to find the mean, median, mode, and range? Here is a refresher and tips to remember which math process to use.

Mean - Median - Mode - Range star
Do you have a challenge remembering what to do to find the mean, median, mode, and range? Here is a refresher and tips to remember which math process to use.

More Multiplication Practice Ideas star
Ten Ideas for Multiplication Practice

Multiplication - Multiples and Powers of Ten star
If the task of multiplying larger numbers tends to unnerve you, look at this tip for multiplying multiples of ten and powers of ten.

Multiplication - Unique Timetable Patterns - 5s star
Do you know any other patterns for 5´s besides the answer ends in a 5 or 0? Take a look at a few other patterns that may help strugging students.

Multiplication Facts - Nine Timetables star
Is your child or student struggling with multiplication facts? Teach the nine timetables by observing patterns that will make memorization easier and retainable.

Multiplication Facts - 11s star
Don’t let eleven timetables frighten you. They are full of patterns which make mental math and memorization easier than you think.

Multiplication Facts - 12s star
Recognize the patterns and break the code for the twelve timetables

Multiplication Facts - Alternative Method star
Are your students having trouble with their 6, 7 and 8 timetables? Try this method.

Multiplication Practice Ideas star
Fun ways to practice and learn multiplication facts

Multiplication Tips - 1s, 3s, 6s, 7s star
Multiplication tips for 1s, 3s, 6s, and 7s

Multiplication Tips - 2s, 4s, 8s star
Strategies to reinforce multiplication facts for 2s, 4s, and 8s

Number 7 star
Ponder the trivia about the number 7 or use them to introduce a topic.

Place Value star
Place value - teaching tips to remember the places; how to read and write numbers

Place Value -Timesaver Activity Worksheet star
Place value worksheet designed to save time with multiple uses

Prime Factorization star
Prime Factorization is used to find the Least Common Multiple and the Greatest Common Factor. This lesson will address a few definitions, give how-to instructions, detailed examples, and share a website for online practice.

Subtraction - Regrouping star
The basic skill of subtraction with borrowing challenges some students young and old. The problem magnifies if it requires borrowing or regrouping across zeros or borrowing multiple times. When the traditional subtraction method does not seem to click, consider this alternative method.

What is a Fact Family? star
Fact families explained for parents.

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