Ah, summer. For kids, it’s the greatest time of year. No school, no multiplication tables, no scheduled break times. Just long, happy days in the sun. But what happens to children’s brains during that time of relaxation and fun? It’s a fact of life – during the summer months, young students will lose a certain…

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# Tag: common core math

## Volume with Geometiles

With Geometiles™, your students can verify whether their calculations of volume using formulas are in the ballpark. In this picture, the student is filling up a triangular pyramid (tetrahedron) with rice. She will then pour the rice into a beaker or a measuring cup to find out its volume and compare it to her calculation….

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## Fractions with Geometiles

Challenge your students to create a visual model for the following situation: Suppose Nancy ate half the pie, gave a quarter to her brother, and a sixth to her sister. How much pie is left for her dog?…

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## Nets of cubes with 3 colors

You can color any cube with 3 colors so that any two neighboring faces have different colors. What ends up happening is that each face and its opposite have the same color! You can see this more easily when we open the lid of the cube below: When we take apart the cube further,…

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