# Questions tagged [primary-education]

For questions about the mathematical education in the first years in school (ages approx. 5-10).

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### Cost and benefits of compartmentalization in k-12 curriculum

This is a soft question perhaps not well suited for the format of the site but I'm interested to hear opinions from this community on this topic. K-12 mathematics textbooks (understandably) divide ...
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### How to teach “after-before” of numbers to a $5$ year old?

I am currently teaching basic mathematics like numbers and tables to a $5$ year old girl. She is in nursery. But I am facing troubles while teaching her what comes after or before of a given number, ...
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I am currently helping a friend's child with his schoolwork. He is currently in primary school and being taught the topic of speed. I would like to give him the following problem as practice but I am ...
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### Visual questions for 6th graders

I'm tutoring a 6th grader in math at the moment and because she never has a ton of homework I like to give her some interesting extra problems to do. It seems she really enjoyed a problem I showed ...
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### Traditional “long” method of multiplication versus grid and partial products — evidence of better outcomes?

I'm not a math teacher but am actively involved in teaching my children mathematics (elementary age). I learned the traditional "long" approach to multiplication, but the school systems now emphasize ...
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### Looking for a tool to create a digital multiplication quiz

I'm looking for some site or software which can help me create an easy, digital multiplication quiz for my students. Some things which need to be included: The student need to be able to type in the ...
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### Teaching a very enthusiastic and bright 5 year old

I was asked to give extra lessons to a 5 year old boy who loves math (he says he likes 3 sports: football, swimming and math). However, I have never tought at this age and I am unfamiliar with the ...
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### What is a logical way to introduce probability and statistics to students that don't know fractions or percentages yet?

Students are exposed to sets very early in their education, so my first inclination is that this would be the best method to give children in the early primary grades an introduction to probability ...
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### Seeking Concise Article on Motivations for and Benefits of Standards-Based Grading

I am preparing for my second year of implementing standards-based grading (SBG) in my 5th and 6th grade math course. I was thrilled with the benefits of using SBG with my students but found that I ...
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### Hypothesis testing for children (grade 1-4)

What do you think, could hypothesis testing be taught, in some way (probably informal) to that age group of kindergarten to 4th grade? Ideas, some resources, published papers, and so on? This would ...
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### 1:1 iPads for K-3: how can an educator accommodate student(s) opting out?

My school district has decided to provide an iPad to every student in the district, from kindergarten to grade 3, starting next September -- although a handful of classrooms are piloting this ...
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### Is multiplication by zero clear for and understood by K-3 students?

For K-3 students, perhaps it is not acceptable to introduce multiplication by zero as a property or definition. Instead, the child may think about multiplication as, e.g., repeated addition. Examples ...
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### Systems of linear equations in grade 3?

From a Grade 3 NAPLAN test: "Question 28 Joel draws 24 rectangles. He separates them into 2 groups so that there are 6 more in one group than the other. How many rectangles in the larger group? ...
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### The interplay of memory and mathematical performance

As mathematicians and mathematics educators we very often see the Dunning-Kruger effect in action. Our calculus students are certain that they are masters of Calculus because they took the AP exam. To ...
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### Teaching “and a half” early, possibly before general proper fractions

Fractions are a well-recognised issue in maths learning, with all sorts of complex issues involved. One particular aspect of this is difficulty recognising fractions as numbers which describe the size ...
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### Pi Day Celebration Ideas?

I realize it is probably a little late seeing as Pi Day is tomorrow.. but for the future, or late celebrations on Monday, what are some things that you do with your students for Pi Day (any grade ...
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### What are some common fallacies students make when they learn $X$ concept?

What are some common mistakes students often make, which may seem logical at first? I'm a student myself, but I'm curious of what some of the most frequent mistakes which happens. I'm thinking of ...
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### How to estimate the time needed to solve a basic mathematics problem

I want a way to know the time needed to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. Examples $15 + 10$ $500 - 132$ $10 \cdot 10$ $20 \, / \, 10$ Is it possible to create a ...
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### Is there a name for 'simple' two-input-one-output word problems?

Andy has 4 apples, and then eats 2. How many does he have left? Beth drives for 3 hours at 80 km/h. How far did she go? Carl, Debbie and Earl earned \$30 together shoveling driveways. How much does ...
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### Fun resources and games for advanced elementary school math students?

My younger cousin (2nd grade USA) is advancing very quickly in his current math class. The school does not have much to support him in moving ahead in the material. What websites (preferably game or ...
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### What is a good reference for (this way of) generating a logarithmic scale?

I am interested in answers to the title question without parentheses, but I found this method below rather interesting, and I am hoping to find it published somewhere, along with a teacher's guide ...
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### Common Core Subtraction [closed]

I just read somewhere the question, "What was wrong with the old way?" That was followed by the statement that "Clearly the old way did not work". This was, I think, based on years of following what ...
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### Statistics for Primary School: Informal Inferential Reasoning

Is there anyone that is experienced in teaching Informal Inferential Reasoning in primary school? Mind to share your experience?
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### Modern primary-school math curricula (e.g. Everyday Math, Bridges) for accelerated learners

How do modern primary-school math curricula like Everyday Math, Bridges, TERC, etc. approach the "problem" of providing enough challenge to young students who are very comfortable with math and who ...
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### Teaching K-8 math in the style of “A Mathematicianās Lament”

Here's a link to the full paper, colloquially known as Lockhart's Lament: Link: https://www.maa.org/external_archive/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf In the context of K-8 learning materials that take ...
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### New app teaches math really fast. How does it work?

There's a new story about an app that "teaches UK pupils 18 months of maths in six weeks". Assuming this result is true (and such claims need a strong justification), what could be the cause of this ...
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### Using terminology for the different concepts of rational number

In elementary maths education literature, they distinguish multiple concepts that rational numbers are used to represent: fractions, quotients, ratios, rates, and possibly more. These words seem to be ...
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### How to explain 1000 - 1 using the american method

I have developed a small Android app. The app is a pocket calculator for addition and subtraction, in which the calculation is explained via both video and audio. If it is unclear please have a quick ...
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### According to Common Core standards, what math skills are beginning Kindergarteners supposed to have?

I remember looking once at what chikdren in Kindergarten were expected to know, and it was quite a bit. I have a young son, and would like to know: What is a Kindergartener expected to know about ...
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### The seven benchmark numbers?

I was presented with a power point slide by a friend about math education and one of his slides talked about "the seven benchmark numbers". He said that: The seven benchmark numbers to develop a "...
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### Student: Why not use a calculator?

The kid I am teaching math (subtraction for large numbers right now) just said this is all too easily done by a calculator, why don't we use it? Well, I did tell him that you can only learn more ...
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### Who put the skew in my Skittles? Have there been studies as to which candy has a fairly uniform distribution of flavors?

Since the beginning of time, candy has been used to illustrate the principles of distributions in early lessons on statistics. A recent informal study seems to indicate that the flavors of Skittles ...
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### Symmetry - practical usages

My girlfriend is studying to become a math teacher, and asked me what I have ever used symmetries for. I'm a web developer, and do some designing from time to time, so I answered that symmetry have ...
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### Teaching 100 x 100 times tables

First, why bother: I teach and play math with my son in the mornings. It's a lot about letting him enjoy learning, so the curriculum (my intentionally vague vision of how we'll proceed) is flexible. ...
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### Problems sets for instruction

What resources are available for any grade level K- 12 that are aligned with the Common Core Mathematics Standards and Mathematical Practices that have sets of problems or problem banks that can be ...
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### How can creativity be incorporated into elementary school mathematics?

Creativity is the core of research mathematics. However, most introductory math consists of learning fixed rules to perform basic, essential mathematics. Thus, for many elementary school students, ...