Key Strategies for Math

You can use these key strategies at home to help support your students succeed with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math. 

  • Encourage children not to give up while solving problems, to build stamina and develop their critical thinking skills.
  • Don’t give them the answers – ask them to think of different ways they can solve problems.
  • Have children illustrate the math they were thinking in their head and discuss it out loud.
  • Have children apply their math knowledge to a real-world scenario at home, such as doubling a recipe or calculating the area of a room.


Strategies by Grade

6th Grade Math

You can help your child learn outside of classroom by doing these following.

  • Ask your child to calculate the unit rates of items purchased from the grocery store. For example, if 2 pounds of flour cost $3.00, how much does flour cost per pound?
  • Have your child determine the amount of ingredients needed when cooking. For example, if a recipe calls for 8 cups of rice to serve 4 people, how many cups of rice do you need to serve 6 people?


Example #1

Ann has 3 1⁄2 lbs of peanuts for the party. She wants to put them in small bags each containing ½ lb. How many small bags of peanuts will she have?

6 grade example 1



Example #2

A slime mixture is made by mixing glue and liquid laundry starch in a ratio of 3 to 2. How much glue and how much starch are needed to make 90 cups of slime?

6 grade example 2


7th Grade Math

You can help your child learn outside of classroom by doing the following.

  • Use store advertisements to engage your child in working with numbers. For example, if a store advertises 30% off, have your child estimate the dollar amount of the discount, as well as the sale price of an item.
  • Have students use four 4’s and any of the four arithmetic operations to write the numbers from 0 to 20 (for example, 44-44=0; 4•4-4•4 = 0. How do you get 1? 4/4+4-4=1).


Examples #1

7th grade example 1 

Examples #2

7th grade example 2


8th Grade Math

You can help your child learn outside of classroom by doing the following.

  • Ask your child to do an Internet search to determine how mathematics is used in specific careers. This could lead to a good discussion and allow students to begin thinking about their future aspirations.
  • Have your child use magazines, clip art, and other pictures to find and describe examples of similar and congruent figures
  • Using different objects or containers (such as a can of soup or a shoebox), ask your child to estimate surface area and volume, and check the answer together.
  • Prompt your child to face challenges positively and to see mathematics as a subject that is important. Avoid statements like “I wasn’t good at math” or “Math is too hard


Example #1

8th grade example 1

8th grade example