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Help for fifth grade student

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From: Tim G. (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: May 12, 2000 at 15:17:27
Subject: Re: Help for fifth grade student

I know how frustrating it can be for fifth graders when they are having trouble in math. Hang in there. There are several great books out there. Marilyn Burns has a book titled "The I hate mathematics book" which is great. Also, any books that focus on math games are a great way of getting kids to use math in a fun way. Here is another way. The next time you are in the grocery store, ask your child some math questions (how much is one can of soda instead of 6, how many pounds of bananas does that look like, etc). The benefit of this is that she will start to see math outside of the normal math class. Also, start pointing out how you use math in your everyday life. If you can take her to a museum, let her see the geometry that is in a painting, or in a building, or in a road. Talk about how you estimate the distance between you and the car in front of you. Have her help you pay the bills, or make dinner. If she is having trouble with basic facts, try letting her use a multiplication chart when she is working on problems. If the problem is with word problems, it may be less of a math problem, and more of a reading problem. Is she having trouble finding out what the problem is saying? Teach her how to draw pictures of what she reads in the book, make a diagram, and/or use a chart to organize her thinking. The key is to not give up and say "I was never very good at math". The more your daughter is exposed to math, the more she will use it. You can do it! -Tim G., for the Teacher2Teacher service

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