Math Quiz Bee Elimination Round

From the Teacher, Grade 2 Lessons, Homeschoolers No More, Mathematics No Comments

She said they had the first elimination round for the Math Quiz Bee and she got the second highest score among her classmates.

Oh? I asked.

Yes! She said, with her signature look and furrow between the brows. She has mixed feelings that I don’t believe her.

For a while, I did feel surprise, not that I doubt she can do her best but because I was happy for her.

I am happy, deliriously happy. Why? Because math is her waterloo. The younger daughter has so much difficulty doing math problems that we used to be up late with me teaching her how dynamic subtraction is done and why this is even related to division. And when we do this, she gives me blank looks. And tears at times.

I told her, I want her to do her best to get a slot in the Math quiz bee but getting that second highest score is already a win for me.

I also told her that if she sets her heart with what she wants to achieve, she can overcome her difficulties.

Love, Tiger Mom, XOXO 😀

Greatest Common Factor

From the Teacher, Grade 4, Homeschoolers No More, Mathematics, Reviewers No Comments

Greatest Common factor or GCF is the largest whole number that divides evenly into each of the numbers.

FACTORS are the numbers that you multiply to get another number. [ 3 X 5 = 15 where the factors are 3 and 5]

To get the greatest common factor, one can use two methods:

  • First is to list all the factors of the given numbers. The list the common factors or the same factors for these given numbers. When this has been done, choose the biggest number among the common factors.

ex: 30 = 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 30

20 = 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20

The common factors for 30 and 20 are 1,2, 5 and 10 therefore the greatest common factor is 10.

  • Another method for finding the greatest common factor is listing down the prime factors. After listing the prime factors, multiply these prime factors.

PRIME FACTORS are numbers that can only be multiplied by 1 and itself [ex: 2,3,5,7,11…]

The prime factors for 30 are 5 x 3 x 2

The prime factors for 20 are 5 x 2 x 2

The prime factorization of 30 and 20 have one 5 and one 2 in common. Multiply these common prime factors and you get the greatest common factor.

5 x 2 = 10

Arranging Numbers

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Math Prep Arranging Numbers

Arrange the numbers from the least to the greatest:

91 93 94 92

Arrange the numbers from the greatest to the least:

28 27 30 29