# Number Sense Blog

### Word Problem Wednesday: Ninja Turtles

Jul 29, 2020

Introduction This week’s word problems make reference to the sewer-dwelling, pizza-loving comic book superheroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Lower elementary students will get to compare the Ninja Turtles’ heights. Upper elementary will ...

### Math Enables this Veterinarian to Live Her Childhood Dream

Jul 31, 2020

Sara Ochoa Keeps Pets Happy and Healthy Dr. Sara Ochoa grew up in rural Calhoun, Louisiana. Like many children, she dreamed of being an animal doctor. She got plenty of practice thanks to the variety of wildlife in her area — and her open-mind...

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Day on a Farm

Aug 5, 2020

Introduction Pigs, puppies, ducks and sheep… what do they all have in common? They’re part of this week’s word problems about life on a farm. Scroll down below, and read this week’s description with your child. Choose the word problem that’s...

### Activity Alert: Playing with Numbers

Aug 7, 2020

Download this fun, supplemental math activity so your child can play with numbers! They’ll divide candy bars and learn to think about addition, subtraction and number properties in a unique way! Playing with Numbers Answer key: Playing wit...

### As Math Learning Gaps Threaten the “COVID Generation,” It’s Time to Act

Aug 14, 2020

When the global pandemic shuttered schools across Canada in March, the concept of the “COVID slide” became a new term in our vocabulary. It refers to a pattern of learning loss that typically happens over summer break, but more severe due to ext...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Math for Everyday Life

Aug 12, 2020

This week’s word problems are about math in everyday life! Read the introduction below with your child. Then, choose the word problem that’s the right skill level for them and have them give it a try. When they feel they’ve found the answer, scr...

### Word Problem Wednesday: James and the Giant Peach

Aug 19, 2020

Spark your child’s imagination with this week’s word problems themed around the famous children’s novel “James and the Giant Peach.” Read the introduction below with your child. Then, choose the word problem that’s the right skill level for the...

### Congratulations to Laurie, our Featured Franchisee!

Aug 20, 2020

Laurie Bryant Owner/Center Director of Mathnasium of Chicago Hyde Park How do you like to start your day? Watching “The View” every morning while getting up and getting ready for work. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: The Wizarding World

Aug 26, 2020

People have been infatuated with the wizarding world depicted in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, from famous sites such as Hogwarts and Diagon Alley to household charms, magical creatures, and the international sport played on flying broom...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Math and Art

Sep 2, 2020

The world’s greatest sculptors, painters, and photographers depend on math to create their art. Not only do artists use elements of composition — such as geometry and proportions — to perfect their work, they also use math behind the scenes i...

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Slice of the Pie

Sep 9, 2020

Did you know that approximately \$700 MILLION in pies are sold in grocery stores every year?  That doesn’t include those found in restaurants, food service or price clubs. And if you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Sunny with a Chance of Rain

Sep 23, 2020

If you’ve ever watched the Weather Channel or the weather segment of the evening news, you’ve seen meteorologists in action. They are scientists who use mathematical models and knowledge to understand and predict weather and climate. Some meteor...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Healthy Eating

Sep 16, 2020

While healthy eating may not always seem fun, getting into the habit of fueling our bodies with nutritious foods is super important. It keeps us from getting sick and gives us the energy for all kinds of things like doing those never-ending hous...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Dollars and Sense

Sep 30, 2020

Money is an important part of everyday life, and it just makes sense to know the function of dollars and cents.   This week’s word problems focus on understanding value and calculating purchases. Read the problems below and choose the one ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Mathematical Mixed Bag

Oct 7, 2020

Life is so diverse, you never know what might come your way as you go through each day. This week, we have a mixed bag of word problems to help children apply mathematical knowledge to a variety of situations. Read the problems below and c...

### New Mathnasium Virtual Backgrounds!

Sep 28, 2020

Spending hours on the computer for distance learning — and work — can be a little tedious. So why not inject some fun into the day?    Now available: Our FREE Mathnasium virtual backgrounds! With several whimsically engaging designs to ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Mixed Bag Déjà vu’

Oct 14, 2020

Holy déjà vu’, math man… it’s another mathematical mixed bag! Last week’s word problems were all about using math skills to navigate real-life situations. This week, since these kinds of scenarios are endless, we are sharing some more.   Read...

### Word Problem Wednesday: School Scenarios

Oct 21, 2020

School provides a myriad of opportunities to think critically and apply math skills in the most unusual ways. Whether it’s while making a collage in art class or splitting into groups for music class, one just never knows when they’re going t...

### Word Problem Wednesday: All In Good Measure

Nov 4, 2020

Measuring allows us to find out the extent, quantity, amount, or degree of something. And we use our abilities to measure in a lot of different ways. From figuring out what size of clothes we should wear — to buying the right sized couch for our...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Getting A Handle On Homework

Oct 28, 2020

When we’re in school, it seems like the homework never ends. Day after day, class after class, we’re asked to put the things we learn into practice. And it requires a certain amount of dedication to get — and stay — on top of our assignments. ...

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