Category Archives: Teachers

Hour of Code

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science!

Many classrooms have already started the adventure of exposing students to the world of computer science through coding.  Some students are making their own video games using Pixel Press Floors and Hopscotch.  Others are using the curriculum on  and Khan Academy.  Scratch, Scratch Jr. and Tynker are other resources to check out if you’re interested in having your kids learn to code.  Leave a comment and let us know how your classroom and/or children are learning about computer science!

Make sure to check out the resources on the Hour of Code site at

Also, check out the Computer Science Education Resource Guide @



What is the probability of rolling of sum of 7 when rolling 2 dice?

One of my favorite things to do is take a math concept I used to teach my middle school students and see how various younger age groups handle it.  More often than not, the instruction can be adjusted so that even the youngest students can learn what some might think is a difficult concept.  One of those concepts is probability.

I created a “Dice Experiment” worksheet and conducted it with students in grades 1-6.  Kids often associate experiments with science, so it was fun to do a math experiment.  We rolled the dice 36 times and recorded the sum.  With some groups I gave pairs of students the dice to roll on their own.  With other groups, we collected the data as a class.

I loved telling kids that I used to teach this concept to middle school kids.  Their faces lit up because they knew they were learning “big kid” math.  🙂

Here is a screenshot of the the experiment worksheet.

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With all age groups, we talked about the parts of an experiment and how it’s important to keep track of data.  We also talked about tables and charts and how they keep information organized and easy to read.  We also talked about patterns and how they’re easier to see when the data is organized.  We made lots of predictions and of course, talked about probability.  Below you will find a link to a blank copy of the experiment along with an answer key.  Feel free to use it and/or tweak it.

Please leave a comment and tell me how you teach probability.  Or, give an example of how probability is used in everyday life.

Dice Experiment

Answer Sheet

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iBook Feedback

Thanks to all the teachers who submitted feedback on our Math Enrichment iBooks.  Fifth grade teacher Meredith Chambers from Oakdale was the winner of a $10 gift card to First Watch.  When asked how she is using the Math Enrichment iBooks, Meredith said:

 I have a group of five students who passed 5th grade math as 4th graders. I still pretest them to see if they need any reteaching on these topics, but for the most part, after our whole-group lesson, they work with the iBooks for their guided math assignment.

We love getting feedback on the various resources we provide.  Please leave a comment on our blog or email us directly with your feedback, input, and suggestions!

Math Contest Practice grades 1-8

The purpose of Math Stars is to challenge students beyond the classroom setting. Good problems can inspire curiosity about number relationships and geometric properties. It is hoped that in accepting the challenge of mathematical problem solving, students, their parents, and their teachers will be led to explore new mathematical horizons. Math Stars are in sets for Grades 1-8 and include commentaries for teachers. All Math Stars Newsletters are ready for classroom use and available for downloading as PDF files.

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