Number Sense Blog



Spring Activity - Math Takes Root!

Apr 1, 2017

Have you gone shopping this week? Thought about your favorite baseball player's batting average? Baked a cake? If so, you've been doing MATH! Math is everywhere, in almost everything we do. Most of the time we don't even know we're doing it! ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Planting Tulips

Mar 28, 2017

  "If you wish to make anything grow, you must first understand it." -Russell Page Gardening, like math, can be hard work...but both are great fun, and both offer up rewards equal to the amount of time and effort you put into them! This w...



Word Problem Wednesday: Seashells

Apr 5, 2017

  Are you a collector? What do you like to collect? Coins? Stuffed animals? Action figures?   In this week’s Word Problem Wednesday Eli is collecting seashells and dividing them up to share with friends. Exercise your math-muscle with Eli...



Word Problem Wednesday: Pie!

Apr 12, 2017

  Sweet and delectable or solid and savory, there’s just something wonderful about that flaky pie goodness that we can’t deny.  And an added plus: you can practice nifty math skills while dishing it!  Our team has done exactly that for today’s ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Practicing Math With Money

Apr 18, 2017

  Money, Money! Today’s Word Problem Wednesday taps into our everyday math skills to help us to find something we want to buy, account for sales and coupons, and use those smarts to budget our money correctly to get that thing! Maggie’s going t...



Word Problem Wednesday: Music and Math

Apr 26, 2017

  MUSIC and MATH go together like peanut butter and jelly! In fact, Albert Einstein once said “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” To...



Word Problem Wednesday: This Brainteaser is the Cat's Pajamas!

May 3, 2017

  Q: Where do cats go to learn about history? A: The MEW-seum! And where do eager young kids and kittens go to learn about math? Why right here, of course! Try to solve this purrrrr-fectly delightful Word Problem Wednesday brainteaser! J...



“A Good Teacher is a Good Teacher for Anything that They Know”

May 9, 2017

  Mathnasium’s Chief Educational Officer Larry Martinek appreciates great teachers! Larry is a teacher himself, having taught math for almost 30 years in L.A. City schools before co-founding Mathnasium in 2002. After all those years spent in th...



Word Problem Wednesday: See Spot Jump!

May 10, 2017

  See Spot run. See Spot jump. See Spot featured in this week’s word problem! We use math in all sorts of unexpected ways—even in dog training! Can you solve this week’s “doggone great” Word Problem Wednesday? Give it a try and check the sol...



Word Problem Wednesday: How Long is a Goldfish?

May 17, 2017

  There’s something fishy about this week’s word problem—jump on in and give it a try (the water’s fine)!  Terry has a goldfish that is 3¼ inches long. Margot has a goldfish that is 3.3 inches long. Who has the bigger goldfish? Take a min...



Word Problem Wednesday: Campfire Math

May 24, 2017

  What do you like to do over summer vacation? We think summer vacations are perfect for swimming at the beach, riding extra-tall rollercoasters and laying in the grass as clouds roll by. One of our favorite activities is going camping—and e...



Word Problem Wednesday: Spin the Wheel, Win a Prize!

May 31, 2017

  Step right up boys and girls! Step right up for a fun math challenge, because this week’s Word Problem has our heads spinning! Give it a try for yourself. A spinning prize wheel has four different varieties of prizes. 40% of the prizes are...



My Colorful Summer Math Activity

Jun 1, 2017

  Summer vibes are in the air, and we're celebrating all the vibrant colors that come with sunny days! Grab your favorite coloring supplies (and your math skills!) and let's start coloring. First, select the My Colorful Summer activity packe...



Word Problem Wednesday: Patterns

Jun 7, 2017

  Get ready math fans, it’s time to PLAY BALL! This week’s word problem is all about PATTERNS. Patterns are one of the most common and interesting forms of everyday math. Can you think of some examples of patterns in your life? Here’s a hint: P...



Word Problem Wednesday: Golf!

Jun 14, 2017

  FOUR!    Wait a second, we don’t mean 4, we mean…   FORE!!   Heads-up Mathletes, it’s time to tee-off on this week’s word problem. The topic this week is golf, but you don’t have to be a pro to get a hole-in-one on this challenge.   ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Running Time!

Jun 21, 2017

  Put on your running shoes and your thinking caps mathletes, because this week’s word problem is a real mental workout! But wait, don’t run away! Use your everyday math skills to figure out this challenge, and remember to take your time and do...



Word Problem Wednesday: Apples and Oranges

Jun 28, 2017

  Hey math fans, we have an a-peel-ing challenge for you this week! They say you can’t compare apples and oranges, but learning with them is a very fruitful endeavor! Give this week’s word problem a try, and check below for the solution! The...



Word Problem Wednesday: Math Is Sweet!

Jul 26, 2017

  Hey math lovers, we have a sweet treat for you this week! Combining fractions and decimals can sometimes get sticky, so take your time and chew over your work, then when you're ready, check below for the solution.  Are you ready? Let’s go!...



Word Problem Wednesday: Robot Challenge!

Aug 2, 2017

  If you built a robot, what fuel would you power it with? How about a juice box battery? This week’s robot-themed word problem is a perfect math skills challenge for your silly, end-of-summer mood. So grab YOUR favorite fuel and give this word...



Word Problem Wednesday: Board Games

Aug 9, 2017

  What’s your favorite board game? Do you love to take your chances in the game of Life? Are you an aspiring doctor who loves Operation? Are you sweet on Candy Land? Board games aren’t just a fun way to pass the time, they’re also a great op...


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