I always love using pictures to illustrate a difficult concept in math. My third grade students often had a hard time remembering the difference between a proper and improper fraction. At least until I got the bright idea to turn it into a visual.
August 17, 2012 Comments Off
How many kids struggle with the definition for “parallel”? Let’s make it easy for them. There are three parallel lines in the word! Wow! Just color them a bright color and exaggerate their size. Whenever you exaggerate something and make it visual, the brain will remember because it is out of the norm!
Isn’t this fun? Try the word “vertical”. See if you can figure out a memory tip to remember that “vertical” means “an upright position.”
September 4, 2009 Comments Off
When I was teaching third grade, I noticed children missing a word problem because they couldn’t remember if the word “sum” was an adding word or subtracting word. I could tell them a million times but nothing helped until I made up this little rhyme, they could easily remember!
“Sum” apples are green
“Sum” apples are red
“Sum” is the answer
When you add in your head!
August 27, 2009 Comments Off