When I came across the Mortensen More Than Math program a few years back I knew I had come across a gem. It allowed me to remedy the lack of basic arithmetic skills in high school students and at the same time teach them Algebra and other higher math concepts. The concrete visual approach was fun, easy, and a confidence booster too. I knew right away that there was no going back to the traditional model of teaching math. It wasn’t long before I realized that this program was not just for older students but that younger students could benefit from it too. I went from mainly working with struggling high school students to introducing basic arithmetic skills through Algebra and other higher math concepts to elementary students. The photo below shows that Algebra concepts, such as binomial multiplication, can be introduced and understood with ease at a very young age. There is no need to wait until the teen years. In fact I believe we are doing a disservice to students by making them wait until high school before being introduced to Algebra and other higher math concepts. They should be introduced to the concepts right from the start. We should use higher math concepts to teach lower math concepts – use math to teach math. I will admit that had I been told ten years ago that it was possible for a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 year old to easily learn high school math concepts I would have said “No way!” and probably laughed out loud at the perceived absurdity of it but I have seen it and it is possible with Mortensen More Than Math.
Play in small groups.
Each player will roll a polynomial and an x value using algebraic, integer, and polyhedral die; build the polynomial and substitute the x value in using Mortensen Math blocks; then count up the total number.
The player with the largest number wins the round. Play a few rounds. Whoever wins the most rounds wins the game.
EZ fun and loaded with math.
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As of February 14, 2016 you will be able to order Mortensen Math materials through me. I will be uploading a new retail price list shortly for you to view. It will take a little time to come up with my own system of taking orders so please be patient with the process. Looking forward to helping you out when ordering your Mortensen Math materials.
If you haven’t already done so go on over to Crewton Ramone’s House of Math and check it out. You will find it is well worth your time to visit his site as he has an amazing amount of information available on how to learn and teach Mortensen Math with base ten blocks – some you will need to pay for but a lot of it is free.
Go to the Smiley Face page and click on the respective links to see the content and sample pages for each set of Smiley Face books.