This week we learn about Decimals, Multiplication and Division by examining the “Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World” episode “The Robot,” which covers the creation of one of the most common and helpful robots: the calculator.
The idea of division
First, there was addition, then, to speed things up: multiplication. So what’s division? Sal from the Khan academy teaches us that the key to understanding division is its opposite: multiplication.
Introduction to multiplication
Watch as a fuzzy squirrel teaches the basics of multiplication using her favorite snack: acorns!
Division of Fractions: Connection Between Fractions and Division
Learning math is easier with a spoonful of sugar, or is it a cup of sugar? In any case, to learn about fractions and divisions, it’s helpful to have a real-life visual representation. Watch how.
Other Math Resources
How Henrietta Swan Leavitt Helped Build a Yardstick to Measure the Universe
Robots are cool and all, but did you know some of the first computers were real women? Meet Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who helped calculate the size of the universe.
S4 E5: Discovering the Universe - Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson
An Origami Moment: Mathematics Meets Paper Folding in Los Angeles
What does math have to do with origami? A lot, it seems. Find out what aspect of the ancient art drives software engineers and physicists to turn into origami artists
As students adjust to new learning methods at home, remember that this is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your child. Here are some tips for parents on balancing their children's screen time with other fun and educational activities.