Number Sense Blog



Word Problem Wednesday: World's Largest Pizza!

Aug 16, 2017

  Are your math skills a little CRUSTY after a long summer? Don’t worry, you just KNEAD a little practice! Any way you SLICE it, this week’s word problem challenge is a perfect way to brush up on your skills!  Did you know that the record fo...



Word Problem Wednesday: Birthday Math

Aug 23, 2017

  How old are you? If you know when your birthday is then you know your basic age, but do you know your more exact age? When is your half-birthday? (It’s the day of the year that is exactly 6 months from your birthday.) When is your quarter ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Crayons

Aug 30, 2017

  “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.” -Bertrand Russell Forgive us for WAXing poetic, we just want to DRAW you in and pique your interest in this week’s math challenge! We know you’re going to love wo...



Word Problem Wednesday: Back to School Shopping

Sep 6, 2017

  One of the most common questions asked in math classes is “When am I ever going to need this?” The fact is, we use math every day, in ways we don’t always think about, including cooking, measuring, telling time, and of course, SHOPPING! Th...



Word Problem Wednesday: Math Meets History

Sep 13, 2017

  Did you know that George Washington was the only American president to be unanimously elected? Or that in early presidential elections the winner would become president and the loser became vice president? History is full of interesting st...



Word Problem Wednesday: The Math-Music Connection

Sep 20, 2017

  The next time you listen to music, think about the mathematics that goes into making it. Rhythms, patterns, harmony, scales...all of this and more are mathematical components go into making music the beautiful, emotional art form we love to l...



Word Problem Wednesday: Planning for the Test

Sep 27, 2017

  How do YOU like to study for a big test? A few minutes or hours spread over many days? Or do you stay up all night cramming the night before? In our word problem challenge below, Lisa wants to spread out her studying. Help Lisa figure out if ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Puzzle Box

Oct 11, 2017

Hey math fans! This week’s word problem challenge will be a lot of fun for all you visual problem solvers, and great math skills practice for ALL of our upper elementary mathletes out there. Take a look at the challenge below and give it a try.  ...



Word Problem Wednesday: What's in the Middle?

Oct 18, 2017

  Every two numbers have a midway point, even 1 and 2 have a midpoint of 1 ½ between them. But what do you do when your two numbers are already fractions? That is exactly the challenge presented in this week’s word problem. Can you gather your ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Travel with Math

Nov 1, 2017

  Even on vacation, math skills come in handy! When you’re budgeting for a trip, it’s important to know how much money you’ll need to allow for gas. This week’s word problem challenge will “fuel” your practical math skills and give you the “dri...



Word Problem Wednesday: Four Friends Sitting In A Row

Nov 8, 2017

  Four friends are sitting together in a row and one friend says to the other-- Get out your pencils and paper Mathletes, because this week we have a fun logic puzzle for you that might require some note-taking to solve!  We love logic puzzl...



Word Problem Wednesday: How Fast Do Fairies Fly?

Nov 16, 2017

  “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”  ― J.M. Barrie You never know what you might find when you look at the world through the eyes of the imagination, but even imaginary creatures such as fairies are periodically s...



Word Problem Wednesday: Alice's Allowance

Nov 29, 2017

  One of the best ways to practice math skills is with money math! Do you get an allowance? In this week’s word problem challenge, Alice wants to know how long it will take her to save up for a video game using only her allowance money. Can you...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Day at the Arcade

Dec 6, 2017

  Calling all Mathletes! This week’s word problem challenge is all about fun and games! We’re not playing around, it’s time to put your math skills to good use to solve the challenge below and help Cody figure out how to spend his money at the ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Weights and Measures

Dec 13, 2017

When it comes to math challenges, sometimes you have to think outside the box, but for this week’s word problem challenge, we want you to think INSIDE the box! Read below to help Brianna figure out how much stuff she can put in the box she has.  ...



Math in the Competitive Global Job Market

Dec 18, 2017

  Students often wonder when they're going to use their school subjects in real life. Some say they're not going to enter math-related fields and therefore don't need to pay attention to math studies. Others want to learn a specific type of mat...



Math in the Real World: Counting

Dec 19, 2017

Math is everywhere in our lives! Kids sometimes think that math only exists in math class, but parents know that we do math every day, in a number of different ways, both small and large. You can share this perspective with your kids to show the...



Word Problem Wednesday: Gingerbread Cookies

Dec 20, 2017

Q: How do elderly gingerbread people walk around? A: With candy canes! As you’re baking your tasty treats this holiday season, remember to bring your math skills with you into the kitchen—and everywhere! You can start with this week’s word pro...



Word Problem Wednesday: Happy New Year Challenge!

Jan 3, 2018

  Happy 2018 fellow math lovers! Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to improve your math skills? We think that’s a great goal, and we can help you do it in a FUN way! Visit the Mathnasium Number Sense blog every Wednesday to find a new word ...



Math is More than Numbers

Jan 8, 2018

Using Math to Improve Important Life Skills On the surface, math may seem like it's all about numbers and formulas. However, this versatile subject is about much more than just counting, adding, and subtracting. Discover why math is more tha...


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