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The Verbal Math Lesson – Periscope Giveaway!

I've been Periscoping random stuff from the MathShack. Now I'm giving some of it away!This morning on Periscope, I talked about The Verbal Math Lesson series of books by Michael Levin and Charan Langton.

They sent me a handful of these a while back. I took a gander at them and then, like most free stuff I’ve been sent, they’ve sat around the MathShack.

Enter the Periscope Giveaway!

I’ve started Periscoping my random stuff daily at 5am central time (download iOS or Android app here). Now I can share these things quickly and easily.

And when I have extras, I’m going to give away the spares!

You might know that I’ve never done a giveaway here on MathFour.com, but that’s okay. As teachers, we all know that you can’t learn without doing.

So here goes Giveaway Number One!

I’m using Rafflecopter because lots of the bloggers I know use it. Plus it’s free for the small user (like me).

So here it goes. If I’m doing something wrong, please shoot me an email me and let me know (bon at mathfour dot com). Or you can post my error in the comments.

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5 Responses to What's Your Math Comfort Item?

  1. Wow! Thank you for the post, free e-book AND the newsletter subscription. I am looking forward to learning from you!!

  2. Thanks for posting this on Math Monday Blog Hop. Love the idea. Hmmm. Well, I don’t think I had a math comfort item as a kid. (Perhaps my problem?) Nowadays, it’s probably manipulatives. Any manipulatives. Base 10 pieces are pretty high on the list!

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2 Responses to Cartooning with Math

  1. Daughter and I have had so much fun with this book! We got it for amusement during a long plane ride and it paid for itself there. Unexpectedly, we pull it out on occasion in the evenings and work our way through just a single drawing at a time. Each drawing has related math questions with it and they spark interesting conversations. Our favorites were the fractions drawing and the moustache man with the number sequence problems. They are memorable because the drawings and math work ended up on our refrigerator for weeks afterward!

    • Hey! That’s how it ended up on my Amazon wish list – you told me about it!

      I never can remember how I learned of a book – I just grab stuff from my wish list to add to my order when I’m <$25 so I can get free shipping. Hmm… that’s math, too, isn’t it! Thanks for the recommendation!

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4 Responses to Math Picture Book: One Grain of Rice

  1. I love good math picture books, and this looks like a fun one! I recently taught my 3-year-olds about doubling using Double the Ducks from the MathStart series. This looks like it would be a good next step on that same concept.

    • I haven’t seen that one yet, Lilac, but I’m definitely going to put it on my Amazon wish list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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4 Responses to 10 Questions to Ask About a Math Problem

  1. Quite an eye-opener, those questions! I also think questions such as ‘Can you develop some sort of theory as a result of solving this problem?’ and ‘How does this problem relate to problems you have encountered before?’ may help students relate to math better. It’s always great when you can discover links and methods on your own, instead of just learning them from textbooks or teachers.

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2 Responses to Math Picture Book: Perfect Square

  1. It is always great to see literacy links. I like the art aspect of this. We have tried to team up with the art teacher to reinforce ideas. This is one I may be able to use. It comes at a good time as we are looking at square and square roots as part of our unit on Pythagorean Theorem.

    • How cool, Richard! Please share some pix – or link back to them posted on your site. Or even tweet me on that. I’m so excited for you!

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