# #Symbaloo Webmix: Place Value and Numbers 1-100 for 1st/2nd Class

Symbaloo Webmixes are such a great way of keeping a catalogue of useful websites. You can see other ones for Maths, English, Irish, Music and Coding HERE.

# The Wonder of #Symbaloo – Part One – A Webmix of Mostly Maths – 1st Class to 6th

Symbaloo is a great time saving curating tool.

I heard about it first from @MariaMernagh who sang its praises.

Currently I teach mostly maths to children aged 6 – 12.

Instead of setting up the links to maths websites on tabs

each day before school now all I have to do is open a  webmix

that I have prepared of the online maths activities

I use most frequently in class. Scroll to the right to see more.

Symbaloo is a great discovery.

Thank you @MariaMernagh for some great advice!

UPDATE: Click here for a Symbaloo of useful websites for teaching English 1st Class – 4th approximately.

# Online game: Revising measurement of angles: 4th – 6th class

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We found this game useful, when we were revising

the measurement of angles.

It is called Banana Hunt

and is from www.oswego.org

# Maths Websites: Learning about Tessellation: 1st to 6th Class

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We learned about tessellations here.

Tessellations are where shapes are arranged

in such a way that they fit closely together

in a pattern without gaps or overlaps.

When we had finished learning

about tessellations we went

to experiment with them in

Tessellationtown from Mathscats.com

# First Class Maths – Useful Websites

First class have asked me for some useful websites

so that they can practise their maths at home, so here we are:

A very popular game for practising addition

and take away tables is called ‘The Balloon Game’.

Click on this link to find it.

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Another one the children enjoy that helps them

with their learning is

It is also useful for practising addition and subtraction.

Add Like Mad and its sister site Subtraction Action

are like gymnastics for the brain.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

have a number of videos online

to help parents help their child with maths.

Scroll down to view them here.

First and Second class is a window of opportunity

for learning tables.

Knowing one’s tables is a skill which one will call upon

through out one’s life.

Read about the importance of tables here.

You can find other maths websites for students from 1st-6th class here.

# Maths: Online resources for learning about & revising how to simplify fractions

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Simplifying fractions explained from

Cool Math 4 Kids.com

Six minute video explaining how to simplify fractions

Maths Playground.com

Very comprehensive blog post with lots of ideas

‘Teaching Fractions: Tips, Tricks & Great Websites’

# Maths: Online activities for learning about the calendar for 2nd – 4th approximately.

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1. Very simple interactive calendar for this month,

a useful visual aid when teaching 1st/2nd

from ‘Starfall’.

2. Simple calendar activity for 2nd-4th

Just In Time Calendar

3. From a menu of resources on Softschools.com

click HERE for a useful game for 2nd-4th approximately.

Interesting to see how well the students comprehend the instructions.

# It’s all about pizza! Games for learning and revising fractions

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1. Graded Resources for Teaching Fractions from www.bgfl.org

2. More from Sheppard Software.com

3. Comprehensive selection of activites

4. Tony Fraction’s Pizza Shop from MrNussbaum.com

5. Pizza Fractions Game from Soft Schools.com

6. More fraction games from Maths Games.org

7. And if you get tired of pizza …

there are other activities here Classroom.JC-schools.net

# Online activities to learn about and revise factors, prime and composite numbers.

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1. Revising tables and factors on the 100 square

2. Learning about Factor Trees

3. Four useful activities from

Cool Math.com to learn about prime and composite numbers.

5. Scroll down to the bottom of this link

to find an activity to practice

spotting prime

or composite numbers

from AAA Maths.com

6. From Sheppard Software.com

‘Fruit Shoot’ – A game to revise composite + prime numbers

7. A Treasure Trove of ideas here from Edutopia.org

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# 2. Helping your Child’s Learning; Mostly Maths (for 2nd Class going into 3rd)

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Dear Parent,

A number of parents have asked for more details

than was contained in the end of year report

about how parents can help their child’s learning over the Summer.

Suggestions for Children’s Reading Over The Summer

This post relates to Maths.

There will be a third post about using higher order questions

to develop your child’s learning.

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The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

have several short videos for parents

about working on maths with your child.

Short Videos from National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

They appear to be still compiling resources for 3rd/4th class

This post relates specifically to

students in 2nd Class going into 3rd.

It is a long post and you will find

over the next school year.

In many reports I wrote that;

‘3rd+4th Class is the window of opportunity

for learning multiplication+division tables.

They are easier to learn than

the addition/subtraction tables from this year

because of the number patterns apparent in them.

Prioritizing these tables next year will

give your child a very useful life skill.

Tables are gymnastics for the brain.

Knowing them well is confidence building

and allows your child to concentrate on methodology’.

Multiplication is introduced as repeated addition.

Towards the end of 2nd class, we did this in class.

You may find the following websites helpful.

The two introductory videos here are useful;

Teach the Times Tables on Multiplication.com

This is a useful follow up game;

Carl’s Cookie Capers from Multiplication.com

with which your child is very familiar will also be helpful.

Other online games that practice multiplication can be found here;

Multiplication Games from ICT Games.com

It may be that your child finds it hard to learn by rote.

So you may find this site useful;

Strategies for Learning Multiplication Facts from Olc.spsd.sk.ca

This  game also provides some gymnastics for the brain;

http://members.learningplanet.com/act/count/free.asp

Problem Solving is a skill that all students would benefit from practising.

I suggest an inexpensive purchase

To start with your child could do a few of these with you

perhaps using the 3-step strategy highlighted below.

Once they master these steps they can continue on, independently.

How can you help your child with problem solving in Maths?

Problem Solving:

The following strategies are useful in relation to problem solving
• Discussing the problem
• Rephrasing to make the meaning clearer
• Using concrete materials where possible
• Using smaller numbers
• Setting out problem on paper using diagrams, drawings etc.
• Estimating

Some teachers use the mnemonic  RUDE

to remind the children of problem solving strategies.

So the children are encouraged to

Underline key words,

Draw,

This is the simplest approach.

‘Drawing’ the problem can be very effective.

It gives the child time to think and process the information.

Another approach is

We LUV 2 C word stories!

Look,

Underline (the key word),

Visualise(draw),

Calculate and

Check.

In tandem with these approaches you could ask your child:

1. What do I have? (what info is given?)

2. What do I want to have at the end? (What am I being asked to do?)

3. How do I get there? (add/subtract/multiply/divide or a combination)

The additional website may be useful for some.

It teaches a visual strategy for problem solving:

Problem Solving with Thinking Blocks

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I have checked out all these websites,

# Supplementary Homework in Maths

Here are a dozen links to Maths Activities

that you might like to try:

Many of these games were sourced from

Maths Primary National Strategy – Maths Activities

This is easy; practising ‘counting on’ with

Online ‘Snakes and Ladders’

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As an alternative to the

you can practice addition tables on Circus Climber

This activity teaches about Data

These are more challenging:

Practising computation with

Swimming Lengths

Long Jump

Measurement;

Reading measure with Javelin Throwing

Measuring angles;

estimating or using an online protractor with Sailing

Practicing Addition using ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathionaire?’

This is a more challenging game;

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Like the game Mastermind this is an online game

called Code Breaker

Add Like Mad was a very popular game in 2nd Class, Room 6.
We have been playing it on the Interactive Whiteboard.

Here is the link if any of the children would like to try it at home.

This is a picture of a family of owls that Jessica did 🙂

# New games for learning maths in 2nd Class.

Bill Smith via Compfight

Here are some of our favourite games

for learning maths

This one is called Number Eaters.

It helps us learn our addition tables

and it is fun to play.

There are lots of other maths games on this site.

If Numbereaters is’nt for you why not try

2. PRINCESS MATH

4. Don’t forget the ‘Crossing The Swamp’ game also from earlier this year.

5. If you get tired of popping balloons you could try this one

MATHS MAGICIAN

7. In 2nd class we also learn about halving numbers and doubling them. This game is good practice

Halves and Doubles

Here are some new games for checking

This one is called Number Eaters

and it is fun to play.

There are lots of other maths games on this site.

If Numbereaters is’nt for you why not try

2. PRINCESS MATH

3. GOOD FOR CHECKING THAT YOU KNOW YOUR ADDITION TABLES

4. BALLOON POPPING GAME FOR ADDING AND TAKING AWAY from earlier in the term

is also good.

5. Don’t forget the ‘Crossing The Swamp’ game

also from earlier this year.

6. If you get tired of popping balloons

you could try MATHS MAGICIAN

A detail from Ryan’s colourful picture of the Northern Lights.

# Maths – Simple Computation: Addition & Subtraction in Second Class.

Maths – simple computation: addition/subtraction in Second Class

If you feel the need to supplement homework, these are some suggestions.

Learning simple computation (addition/subtraction tables to 10+10) really benefits the student in second class. Because when they go on to learn how to add tens and units with renaming they can concentrate on this new methodology because the addition and subtraction come easy to them.

The first  is an addition speed test.

http://www.ohio-distinctive.com/toybox/mathbarge/mathbarge.html

In preparation for adding tens and units with renaming, this game might be useful.

http://www.ictgames.com/sharknumbers.html

This is a good site for practicing number facts and computation:

TUTPUP.COM

Finally this site has games that practice addition and take aways at speed.

SKILL BUILDERS

Finally following a recent recommendation I will be using the following site in class.

Problem Solving with Thinking Blocks

The Thinking Blocks website teaches a visual strategy for problem solving.

Hope you find these helpful.

Teacher