Now kids are getting another chance to learn math skills required by the state for grades K-8, plus Algebra 1. KERA TV is partnering with the Dallas Independent School District to broadcast math lessons created and presented by Dallas ISD teachers.
Here’s everything you need to know:
▸ Lessons will air from Monday, July 6, through Friday, August 7.
▸ They will be broadcast in 30-minute blocks on weekdays between noon and 2:30 p.m.
▸ The lessons for each grade level will be about 14 minutes long.
▸ The video classes will provide targeted, engaging instruction, with short breaks between the lessons.
▸ They will follow curriculum guidelines as set forth by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for grades K-8th and McGraw Hill Education for Algebra I.
▸ Watch the lessons on KERA TV (Channel 13.1) or stream them at kera.org/live.
Why math? Dallas ISD decided to focus on math because researchers have projected that students could lose as much as a grade level in this crucial subject if the impact of COVID-19 closures is added to normal summer learning losses.
Need help? The math lessons are produced by Dallas ISD. If you have a question about a particular lesson, please contact STEM Math Director Stej Sanchez at email@example.com.
NEW resources added 7/10! ▸ KERA has rounded up resources that cover the same topics as the TV classes, so students can review the skills they just learned and practice using them in fun games and activities. These materials will be updated through the summer. Here are a few examples to get you started.
NEW ✔️ Making Ten – This video shows how different groups of numbers can all add up to 10. Check the “Support Materials” for activities and background information on why learning to add to 10 is important for understanding later math.
NEW ✔️ Meatball Launcher – This game from the PBS Kids show Curious George rewards children for adding the right number of meatballs ordered by different customers to a big plate of spaghetti. It’s a great way to practice counting up to 5.
✔️ Rock Art – This counting game from the PBS Kids show Peg + Cat lets children move rocks onto a screen to as the game announces the total with each 5 added to the screen. It’s a great game for asking kids to count the rocks for themselves or asking how many more rocks they need to reach a certain total. Lots of possibilities!
✔️ The Count Sings of 8 – The Count from Sesame Street reminds us of the many ways 8 is great!
✔️ Sorting it Out: At Home – This video from PBS Kids that shows parents teaching math concepts to their kids with objects they find around their home.
✔️ Numbers & Counting — This package from PBS Kids Lab includes a video of a classroom lesson on counting, a video of a counting lesson at home and two at-home activities. The activities are in English and Spanish.
✔️ 5 Dogs 5 Bones – This colorful video from Sesame Street shows the importance of counting to five when you have five dogs and each needs a bone!
NEW ✔️ Double Trouble – This video from Odd Squad shows how to double a number by adding it to itself. It’s a first step toward learning multiplication.
NEW ✔️ Do You See My Seahorse? – This game from The Cat in the Hat asks children to count the number of baby seahorses each dad seahorse is looking for. You can choose easy, medium and hard levels as your child’s counting improves.
✔️ Counting Chickens – this video from the PBS Kids show Peg + Cat helps children count to 20, recognize the written numbers and notice place values after 10.
✔️ Understanding Place Value – This video shows parents how to help children understand place values for tens and ones as they count above 10.
✔️ Math is Everywhere — This fun video song from PBS Kids will get you rocking with summer math.
✔️ Counting by Tens Song: 100 Chickens on the Purple Planet – This video song from the Peg+Cat show on PBS Kids shows how to count by 10s up to 100. The video has support materials, including a fun activity and a printable Hundreds Chart for counting to 100.
✔️ Games with the Hundreds Chart – These games in English and Spanish provide different ways for children to practice counting to 100.
NEW ✔️ Number Forms — This video demonstrates how to express base-ten numerals written in standard form, unit form, expanded form, and number name.
NEW ✔️ Chicken Coop – This interactive game from the PBS Kids show Peg + Cat guides kids as they count to 100 – with fun little rewards along the way. Instructions are in English and Spanish.
✔️ Addition Blocks Game – This fast-paced game challenges children to add two numbers in a short time to reach a specific sum. It’s a great way to practice addition tables. Click “About” for instructions. There’s also an option for “Multiplication Blocks” when kids get to that mat lesson!
✔️ Compare Three Digit Numbers Using >, <, and = Signs – These activities help children compare the sizes of big numbers. The downloadable booklet is designed for use with a whole class but the activities work just as well for one or two children.
✔️ Missing Oscarbots – This video from the PBS Kids show Odd Squad shows how helpful a number line can be when a few agents go missing.
✔️ Place Value Chart: Modeling 2-Digit & 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction – This video shows how to create a chart for place values of ones, tens and 100s to understand how to add 3-digit numbers.
✔️ The Place Value House – This downloadable set of games from Odd Squad provides a visual way for children to understand place values and practice breaking down very big numbers!
NEW ✔️ Earning 100 Snelfus – This video from Cyberchase shows how to count by 2s to reach 10 and by 10s to reach 100. Check the “Support Materials” for Teaching Tips with questions to help your child think about ways to divide a big number into smaller parts and how to keep track of the parts as they add up.
NEW ✔️ Halfway From 30 – This video from Odd Squad reminds kids how to use a number line to figure out the halfway point from 30.
✔️ Game Time! – In this video from Odd Squad, the solve what is causing bad luck by figuring out how to add several numbers to get a total of 13.
✔️ Rounding: to the Nearest 10 – This video from Khan Academy explains how to round numbers to the nearest 10 value using a number line.
✔️ Rounding: Nearest 10 or 100 – This video shows how to use a vertical number line to figure out where a number lies between 700 and 800.
✔️ 60 is the Magic Number – This video and printable activity from the PBS Kids show Cyberchase shows how to create a chart to keep track of minutes of exercise each day. The goal is to reach 60 minutes total for each day.
✔️ Rounding Game – This online game from Cyberchase lets students use estimation to add three numbers without a calculator. The game lets you move to harder levels. It also has a guide in English and Spanish to help you think about how this game improves your child’s math skills.
NEW ✔️ Introduction to Equivalent Fractions – Have you ever had to share a pizza and gotten stuck with a smaller piece? This video from Khan Academy shows how to know when fractions are equivalent in size.
NEW ✔️ Rounding to whole numbers – This fun, interactive lesson from PBS Learning Media, uses a skit about a Number Line Party to teach kids how to round decimals to the nearest whole number. Hint: Only whole numbers can get into the party.
✔️ Decimals and Fractions on a Number Line – This video from Khan Academy shows how to plot decimals and fractions on a number line.
✔️ Comparing Decimals: Digits to the Right of the Decimal – This video has some useful tips for comparing decimals of different sizes. It also has a handy transcript you can download to review the information again later.
✔️ Several Short Rails Make More Than A Whole – This video from the PBS Kids show Cyberchase helps students understand decimals and how to add them together.
✔️ Explore the Relationship Among Fractions, Decimal Notation, and Percents – This package of three videos helps students see how fractions, decimals and percents all provide the same information. They are just written in different ways.
✔️ Rewriting a Fraction as a Decimal – This video from Khan Academy explains how to convert fractions into decimals – and includes a printable transcript to help you remember what you have learned.
NEW ✔️ Moving the Decimal: Multiplying a Decimal by a Power of 10 – This video from Khan Academy shows how to multiply 0.44 times 1000 using powers of 10. It also shows how solving that problem will help you when multiplying amounts of money.
NEW ✔️ Rounding to the Tenths Place – This video skit takes you to a Number Line Party only allows numbers rounded to tenth place – a tricky calculation. This interactive lesson will teach you how to figure it out!
✔️ Comparing Decimals: Ordering from Least to Greatest – This video from Khan Academy shows five decimal numbers and asks how to order them from smallest to largest. Be careful with zeroes to the right of the decimal point!
✔️ Conceptualizing Decimals and Place Notation: Decimals, Comparing Place Values – This Khan Academy video starts with a huge number — 7,346,521.032 – and shows how the digit 3 has very different values when it appears at different places in the big number.
✔️ Decimals in Expanded Form – In this fun video, a group of kids stand in a line. Each represents a different digit – and the decimal point – in the number 342.98, and each explains his or her value in the whole number. There’s also a printable activity to practice what you learned from the video.
✔️ How Many Rails for the Detour? – In this video from Cyberchase, the friends have to figure out how many segments of rail they need to build a detour. It’s a lesson about the importance of keeping place values straight when adding decimals.
✔️ Lesson with “How Many Rails for the Detour” – This lesson includes several printable activities for adding decimals that show how important it is to line up decimal points. There’s also a key for checking which answers are right.
NEW ✔️ Addition of Positive and Negative Integers – This video shows a card game that teaches you how to add positive and negative numbers. Check the “Support Materials” for word problems to practice this skill and an activity for playing the card game on your own.
NEW ✔️ Keep, Change, Flip – A hip-hop song on dividing fractions? Sure – and you won’t forget the steps after listening a few times. “Support Materials” include a worksheet with practice problems and a downloadable page with several activities.
✔️ Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers – An interactive set of games and lessons that allow students to focus on literacy skills while focusing on multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
✔️ Division of Fractions: Using Fraction Strips – Dividing fractions sounds much harder than it really is. This video will help you think about how to wrestle this challenge down to size!
✔️ Addition of Positive and Negative Integers – This video from PBS LearningMedia introduces a card game that helps to develop student’s skills of adding positive and negative numbers, and subtracting integers.
✔️ I <3 Math: Integers — This video from PBS LearningMedia looks at the ways in which integers are used in the real world.
✔️ The Number Line: Rational Numbers and Football — This interactive resource from PBS LearningMedia allows students to use a football field to practice working on positive and negative integers. *Adobe flash is required to utilize this resource.
NEW ✔️ The Math of Credit Cards – This video explains how credit cards work and shows the impact and high cost of outstanding balances when borrowing money using credit cards. There’s also an activity in which students discuss the key concepts presented in the video, including the relationship between lines of credit, debt, spending, and interest charges. They then learn to calculate simple interest.
NEW ✔️ Expressions with rational numbers – This video from Khan Academy uses several problems to explain how to compare expressions with positive and negative fractions. There’s a transcript to refer back to when you want a refresher.
✔️ The Real World Ratio and Rate Reasoning: How to power the skate park: This interactive lesson allows students to view and analyze a series of video clips and complete an activity focusing on areas and ratios.
✔️ Logical Leaps: Adding Rational Numbers on the Number Line Through this interactive lesson, students will practice their skills with equivalent fractions and common denominators.
✔️ Converting Rational Numbers — This video from PBS LearningMedia explains how to convert fractions to decimals.
✔️ Solving Linear Equations with Negative Numbers — This video from PBS LearningMedia explains what variables and inverse operations are, in addition to how to solve a linear equation.
✔️ Absolute Value — This animated video explains absolute value through a number line demonstration and by giving a real-life example.
NEW ✔️ Slope and Rate of Change: Examples – This video from Khan Academy gives several examples to show how to calculate slope using two points of a line.
NEW ✔️ Intro to rational & irrational numbers – This video from Khan Academy gives a clear explanation of the difference between rational and irrational numbers. There’s also a transcript to refer back to later.
✔️ Properties of Real Numbers — This video students will learn about the properties of real numbers, variables, and algebraic expressions.
✔️ Building a Number Line — This interactive lesson allows students to focus on displaying counting numbers, integers, and rational numbers, and real numbers on a number line.
✔️ Proportional Relationship — This video on PBS LearningMedia explains how ratios, tables, and graphs can help to identify proportional relationships. The video is supported by an activity in the support materials.
✔️ Scientific Notation — This animated video from PBS LearningMedia explains the scientific notation and provides examples in converting the numbers to and from scientific notations.
✔️ Comparing Powers of 10 — This interactive resource from PBS LearningMedia allows students to determine which series of numbers written in scientific notation are larger and by what magnitude.
NEW ✔️ Multi-Step Equations – This interactive lesson lets students practice writing and solving multi-step equations. The lesson explains correct answers along the way.
NEW ✔️ Galileo’s Falling Bodies – Yes, math IS very useful in real life! This video from the PBS show NOVA shows had Galileo used math to figure out how fast objects fall. Follow the video’s explanation of the relationship between distance and time for falling objects and see if you can figure out how far the ball would travel in the next time interval…..and the one after that.
✔️ Equivalent Expressions with the Distributive Property – This video and activities (found under “Support Materials” will refresh your memory on how to use distributive property for sharing cookies with friends or writing algebraic equations.
✔️ What is a Function? – This Khan Academy video reminds you how to read f(x) and other notations used in functions to solve problems.
✔️ Pairs of Linear Equations – This interactive exercise lets students visualize how to set up a problem and write the equation.
✔️ Simplifying Complicated Equations — Solving with the Distributive Property – This video from Khan Academy shows how to use distributive property in big equations. You can download a transcript to help remember the main points.
✔️ Analyzing Relations and Functions – This video’s clear explanation of these key Algebra 1 processes will remind you why algebra is so important for solving everyday questions. It’s 30 minutes long so you might want to download the transcript to remember all parts.
▸ KERA’s Summer Learning Challenge for more activities, reading recommendations and virtual events for young learners
▸ KERA’s At-Home Learning Toolkit for tools and materials specially curated for parents and caregivers with school-aged children at home – and a collection of educational content in Spanish / recursos educativos en español
▸ Start Smart Texas for text messages to parents and caregivers with age-appropriate tips on early math, literacy and child development for kids from birth to age 8
▸ Find many more educational resources on our KERA Learn! homepage.