“Parents’ Guides to Student Success
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Resources
English Language Arts and Mathematics – An Overview for Parents
Common Core Standards
North Carolina Middle School Math Resources
Flashcards to print and study with your child as needed
MathCounts Problem of the Week
What to Expect in each Grade
General Information for Middle School Parents
Great Discussion Starters
IDEAS FOR EVERYDAY MATH CONVERSATIONS THAT BUILD NUMBER SENSE
Ask your child to calculate the mpg of your car as you get gas. (total miles driven since last fill-up/amount of gas pumped to refill tank)
Have him or her calculate a 15% tip mentally when you are at the restaurant. The easiest way to do this is to estimate 10% then half that and add it on. For example: Our bill is $43.76. That rounds to $44. 10% would be $4.40. 5% is half that or $2.20, giving a total tip of $6.60.
Discuss the meaning of fractions as you offer “half a cookie” vs. “1/4 of a pie”. Just because ½ is bigger than ¼, in this situation, it is probably not (unless it’s a BIG cookie!).
Talk about the gas mileage for a car.