Number Sense Blog



Tips and Techniques: Finding 100% of a Number

Apr 22, 2014

Given a percentage of a number, how do you find 100%? We'll show you different ways to find 100%.     First, remember that 100% means "all of it... the whole thing."   Example 1: 25% of what number is 5?   This question asks,...



June/July 2014 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Jun 5, 2014

Answers to last month's challenges: Grades 1-6: $37.15 Grades 6 and up: 64 times larger This month's problems: Grades 1 - 6:  Rick goes to the park each day and counts the number of ducks swimming on the pond. On Sunday he counts 1 ...



August/September 2014 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Aug 14, 2014

Take the Math Muscle Challenge!   Grades 1 - 6: A racehorse can run a mile in 1 minute 40 seconds.  At that rate, how many seconds will it take the horse to run a half-furlong? (Hint - A furlong is 1/8 of a mile.)   Grades 6 and up: Br...



August/September 2014 Newsflash: Tips & Techniques

Aug 14, 2014

"Thinking backwards"-starting at the end of the problem and using reverse operations-can help you solve certain problems at different grade levels. Upper Elementary and Middle School: A certain number is doubled. That answer is tripled. Fina...



August/September 2014 Newsflash: Math Matters

Aug 14, 2014

We hope you had a great summer! A new school year is here once again, and it's time to get excited about possibilities that lie ahead. As you and your child navigate the back to school scramble, here are some tips to help you make the most of op...



October/November 2014 Newsflash: Math Matters

Oct 16, 2014

Now that you're starting to settle into your fall routine, it's time for that first report card! While this may seem like a stressful time at first, it can also be a very constructive period for you and your child. Here are a few strategies to hel...



October/November 2014 Newsflash: Tips & Techniques

Oct 16, 2014

From time to time, we get lucky and the computation we have to do can be solved using a specific technique or trick that allows us to do effortless mental math.     Level 1:   12 x 125 = _______   The trick to this quest...



October/November 2014 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Oct 16, 2014

Grades 1 - 5: Annie looked into a dog park and observed the dogs and their owners. She counted 50 legs. With a total of 16 "beings" (dogs and/or owners), how many dogs and how many owners are in the dog park? (Hint: Annie is not in the dog park.) ...



December 2014 / January 2015 Newsflash: Tips & Techniques

Dec 12, 2014

Upper Elementary and Middle School Find the perimeter of the shape below. (Hint: there is enough information.)   Solution: The length on the bottom of the rectangle is the same as the length on the top, although the top has been sp...



December 2014 / January 2015 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Dec 12, 2014

  Grades 1 – 5: Jim is 6 inches taller than Bill. If Bill is 4 feet 7 inches tall, how tall is Jim? Grades 6 and up: Three equally priced pens cost $4.50 altogether. If the cost per pen is increased by $0.50, how much will 5 pens cost at the...



December 2014 / January 2015 Newsflash: Math Matters

Dec 12, 2014

This holiday season, we’re all about making math practical at home! As you and your kids enjoy quality time (and a much-needed break from school), remember that the holidays come with many opportunities for you to show your child how useful (and f...



February / March 2015 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Feb 12, 2015

  Elementary Mackenzie owns a chicken ranch. She has a total of 10 chickens. Each chicken lays 18 eggs a month. Mackenzie then takes all the eggs and puts a dozen in a carton. How many cartons can Mackenzie fill in a month?   Middle/Hi...



February / March 2015 Newsflash: Tips & Techniques

Feb 12, 2015

  Many times, mental math is a better way to solve math problems than using an algorithm. Here are two approaches to division using mental math.   Example 1: 75 ÷ 6 6 is the same as 2 x 3, so instead of dividing by 6, we can divide 75 ...



Finish the School Year Strong!

Feb 12, 2015

  With only a few months left in the school year, it’s time to focus on math improvement to ensure your child finishes the year strong! Here are a few tips for making sure those final grades exceed expectations.   Identify Troublesome ...



April / May 2015 Newsflash: Tips & Techniques

Apr 8, 2015

  It is important for students to work math problems mentally, as well as algorithmically, in order to become more comfortable with numbers and, over time, develop "Number Sense."   Find a "Number Sense" way and an "Algorithmic" way to so...



April / May 2015 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Apr 8, 2015

Elementary Sharks have more than one row of teeth in their mouths. One kind of shark has 4 rows of teeth, with 12 teeth in each row, on their bottom jaw line. How many teeth would 2 of these sharks have on their bottom jaw line in total?   ...



Beat the Summer Slide!

Apr 8, 2015

  Summer is right around the corner and excitement is in the air! As you prepare for a well-deserved break from the pressures of school, it’s a great time to start thinking about your child’s plans for the summer months. You’ve probably hear...



June / July 2015 Newsflash: Tips & Techniques

Jun 13, 2015

  Upper Elementary: Q: What number comes right before 1,000? A: While we may be first inclined to say “999,” there is actually no answer to this question! This is because fractions and decimals can get ever so close to 1,000 without equal...



June / July 2015 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Jun 13, 2015

  Elementary: What are the next 3 numbers in the pattern? 2, 4, 6, 10, 16, 26, 42…   Middle/High School: The sum of three consecutive odd numbers is 255. What are the three numbers?   Answers to Last Month’s Math Muscle Chall...



October / November 2015 Newsflash: Math Muscle Challenge

Oct 13, 2015

Grades 1 – 6: Penelope baked a total of 144 cookies. She kept 40 for herself. She then took the remaining cookies and wrapped them in goody bags. If 4 cookies go in each goody bag, how many goody bags can Penelope make? Grades 6 and up: The pro...


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