# Blog

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## Candy and Math!

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, October 14th, 2020

Who doesn’t love candy and chocolate bars? We know most kids do! If you are looking for useful ways to integrate Halloween candy into lessons, read on. We have compiled the following lessons and activities that involve using candy. You’re sure to get your students’ attention when you tell them they get to use M&M’s…

## Math Game Ice-Breakers

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, July 22nd, 2020

One of the best ways to shrug off the awkwardness or even resistance is with fun learning activities that kids enjoy. Math games are especially helpful at getting students to converse about math.

## Math Focus Problem: How Many Feet in Your House?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 18th, 2020

How many feet are you in your house? Lisa Rogers explores this math focus problem that is easy to do with the family at home! Young learners love real-world, tangible applications of mathematics, and what could be more real-world than counting the many feet at home right now? How many human feet are in your…

## Math Games: Dice Trick

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, May 04th, 2020

Have dice in your house and want to try out a fun math game? Stephanie Fitzpatrick models a fun dice trick you can use to sharpen your math skills and impress your friends and family! In the video below, I show you a fun and clever dice trick that is perfect for young learners. It…

## Math Focus Problem: Fractions with M&M’s

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 27th, 2020

Stephanie Elizondo shows you how to use M&M’s to explore fractions in this week’s featured math focus problem! What could be better than combining a math focus problem with a delicious treat? I picked up a handful of M&M’s One-third of them were red. What might a drawing of the M&M’s look like? Check out…

## Notice & Wonder: Symmetry in the World

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 20th, 2020

LaToya Major takes us with her on a notice/wonder walk around her neighborhood to observe symmetry in the world around us. One of the activities we can do with few materials and our imagination is taking a walk outside and noticing the math in the world around us. I recently took a walk and focused…

## Math Scavenger Hunt: Organizing Data

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 13th, 2020

Chrissy Ramsey and her son Colton share how they counted objects on their walk and represented the data using tally marks in a tally chart. Many people in communities across the country are posting objects in their windows so those out doing socially distanced walks can find the objects on scavenger hunts. My son Colton…

## New Normal: Tips for At-Home Learning

by Brandon Harms, Professional Learning Consultant
April 06th, 2020

I’d like to talk to you about this paradigm that’s shifted in education. In the United States, we have found ourselves in a situation where the majority of students are being homeschooled. Caregivers, parents, grandparents, family members are taking care of and homeschooling kids, and for the most part, this was probably never anything you expected…

## People Over Production: A Special Method to the Mathness Chat with Dr. Tyrone Howard

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, March 31st, 2020

In this special episode of Method to the Mathness, hosts Nikki LaLonde and Jennifer Lenhardt discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our communities and our students with ICLE Senior Fellow Dr. Tyrone Howard. Dr. Howard shares his perspective on the connective role that teachers and schools play within communities, particularly amidst the new…

## Real-World Mathematics at Home: 10 Investigations for Students

by Dr. Sue Chapman, Author, Math Solutions
March 16th, 2020

Many students will be home these next several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What might happen if children spend a portion of their time doing real-world mathematics? At a minimum, they could discover that mathematics is interesting and useful. Perhaps they will decide that they are indeed math people. Here are some investigations to…