Sample lessons from Math on the Level

Here are some sample lessons that demonstrate the Math on the Level approach of teaching math using real-life applications.  Click on the links below to view (in a new tab) each lesson.

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Example: Subtraction with Regrouping    (click here)

In this lesson, you can see how Math on the Level lets you use a variety of manipulatives and approaches to teach a concept.

Example: Average (mean) and Mean, Median, Mode, and Range    (click here)

These two lessons provide an example of concepts that build on one another.  With each concept, you start out teaching the concept with real-life activities.  Also, these concepts can be taught to children of multiple ages and levels.

Example: Subtraction with Regrouping 5-A-Day Problems    (click here)

Every concept includes a page of practice problems with solutions that can be used with teaching or copied one per day onto the child's 5-A-Day review sheets.   (This is not a worksheet.)

Geometry and Measurements

Example: Patterns    (click here)

This example is one of the earliest lessons in the curriculum and can be used with pre-school or early elementary activities, depending on the child's maturation.

Example: Area of a Triangle    (click here)

Instead of just teaching formulas, Math on the Level provides opportunities for students to understand the concepts.  This lesson can be done with children of multiple ages even if the younger ones are not yet ready to use the formula.

Money and Decimals

Example: Large Numbers, to Billions    (click here)

This is a lesson that can easily be taught to children of different ages and levels.  In a fun and straightforward way, your children will learn how to read very large numbers.  This lesson is followed later by another, "Large Numbers, to Trillions."

Example: Rounding and Estimating    (click here)

This lesson is another example of how Math on the Level allows you to start out with real-life activities and then transition to pencil & paper lessons.


Example: Introducing Fractions & Fractions: Parts of Equal Size    (click here)

These two beginning lessons illustrate how concepts can be taught through life over time rather than in the traditional textbook lesson format.  By putting the math in real life, students understand the concepts and can work with them more easily.

Example: Dividing by Fractions    (click here)

This lesson is a more advanced and abstract concept.  You can see how Math on the Level focuses on helping students understand the concepts rather than simply memorizing steps.

Math Adventures

Example: Math Games    (click here)

The Math Adventures book contains a variety of activities that can be used with your entire family to teach or reinforce math concepts.  This excerpt from the Math Adventure: Travel Time, gives a variety of games which can be played by all ages as you travel together in the car.

Example: Family Vocabulary Words    (click here)

When learning math vocabulary, many words are easier to understand if your child has experienced using the word in the context of daily life.  Here are a couple of pages from our "Family Vocabulary Words" section.  This section contains words you can add to your family's vocabulary so your child understands the terms before they are encountered in math.

Math Resources

Example: Sets and Venn Diagrams    (click here)

The Math Resources volume contains a variety of concepts that can be taught over time and often apply to other subject areas as well as math.  This example from the section on Charts, Graphs, and Set Theory shows how to teach sets and Venn diagrams to your family.

Example: Memory Hooks    (click here)

This is an example of the ideas given in the section, "How to Memorize."  This and other information in Math Resources together help to round out and complete the curriculum.

Overview and Record Keeping Binder

Example: Understanding the Math on the Level Approach & Comparing Math on the Level with Textbooks    (click here)

These pages help you understand the general philosophy of Math on the Level and how it differs from traditional approaches.

Example: Suggested Teaching Sequence    (click here)

Math on the Level gives you the flexibility to teach concepts in the order that works best for your family.  However, we also provide a suggested sequence which can be used as a guide.  Our customers find this very helpful when they first start out, but as they gain confidence with the curriculum, it often becomes a reference from which they create their own teaching sequence.

A quick look inside the 9's Down Math Facts

The 9's Down Math Facts contain drill sheets that introduce facts one at a time, starting with the 9's and working down so more time is spent practicing the more difficult facts.  Each volume (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) contains 78 drill different drill sheets that give continual practice over time to help with math fact mastery.

9's Down Math Facts: [Addition Sample] , [Subtraction Sample] , [Multiplication Sample] , [Division Sample]


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