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I want to learn about: Operations & Algebraic Thinking

Learn operations and algebraic thinking in elementary with Smartick. Exercises, theory, tutorials, and teaching resources about operations and algebraic thinking in elementary aged children. Here you will find posts about operations and algebraic thinking to make learning mathematics easier and more fun.

Jun04

Representing Polynomials with Algebra Tiles

Representing Polynomials with Algebra Tiles

Today we’re going to take a look at a very useful system of representing and working with monomials and polynomials: algebra tiles. They’re very intuitive and easy to use, and we’re currently incorporating them into our platform so that our students have this resource available when working with polynomials in their daily Smartick sessions. If you’re not […]

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May14

Division Exercises Solved Using the Singapore Method

Division Exercises Solved Using the Singapore Method

In this post, we’re going a reference a previous one where we looked at the different types of division problems that exist according to how the problem is formulated. Taking these problems as examples, we’re going to look at different strategies to solve division exercises using the Singapore method. The first are division exercises involving repetition or equal […]

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Apr30

Is It Good to ¨Mix¨ Alternative Algorithms, Such as ABN, with Traditional Ones?

Is It Good to ¨Mix¨ Alternative Algorithms, Such as ABN, with Traditional Ones?

We often receive enquires about the compatibility of the use of Smartick and learning alternative algorithms that differ from the more traditional ones. To ease the concerns of moms and dads who might think that what their children learn at school could conflict with what they work on with Smartick, we wanted to offer an answer in this post. We’ll […]

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Feb02

Prime Numbers: Activities with Smartick

Prime Numbers: Activities with Smartick

In previous posts we’ve learned about prime numbers and composite numbers. Today we’re going to look at different sequenced activities involving prime numbers that Smartick students work on. We’ve included examples of different types and levels, from identifying whether a number is prime or composite to finding the least common multiple and highest common factor through prime factor […]

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Jan22

Different Methods of Multiplication

Different Methods of Multiplication

In today’s post we’re going to find out how ancient cultures would have solved the multiplication we’ve chosen. It will help you to better understand how the classic multiplication algorithm works. I’m sure you’re already an expert in multiplication, but you might not understand exactly why it works the way it does. We’re going to look at Chinese and Egyptian methods […]

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Jan01

Using Singapore Bars to Solve Algebraic Equations

Using Singapore Bars to Solve Algebraic Equations

In today’s post we’re going to learn how to solve algebraic equations using the Singapore bars method. This method helps us to visualize the information graphically when we read an algebraic word problem, which helps us to solve it. Let’s look at an example of how to solve an algebraic problem with and without Singapore bars. Example of an […]

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