What is the I-MATH Program?
The I-MATH Program is a collection of nineteen different mathematical problem-solving activities. Each title, which contains from one to eight pages, starts with simple questions that serve to establish a student’s basic level of understanding of a concept that will be covered in that particular series. The questions then slowly become more complex as variations are introduced.
What does the “I” in The I-MATH Program stand for?
The “I” in I-MATH stands for the word “incremental.” The concepts in the program are developed in incremental steps, and the problems range from very easy to moderately difficult. The 57 sample problems that you will see in this sample preview, have three problems taken from each title, representing the span of difficulty covered in the I-MATH program. The sample problems for each title include a very easy problem, a medium one, and one that might be considered difficult for some students.
Why do some I-MATH activities have only one page, while others have as many as eight?
Some of the concepts can be developed and understood on only one activity page, while other types of problems have many variations. Those variations need to be explored over the course of several pages.
What frequently happens when a student uses one of The I-MATH Program pages?
Frequently, after just a few minutes of work, a proud student will bring a completed paper to the teacher’s desk to be marked, expecting to receive a grade of 100%. It sometimes comes as a shock when the student sees that four, five, six, or even more answers have been marked wrong! The student often protests, insisting that the answer key must be incorrect. However, many mistakes occur because he or she read the problems incorrectly. The I-MATH Program forces students to read questions carefully in order to be successful.
Can The I-MATH Program be used as a mathematics curriculum?
No. The I-MATH Program is not designed to serve as an independent mathematics curriculum. The 68 worksheets cover many skills typically taught over the span of several grades, and teachers can use the worksheets in order to provide an activity at the start of the class, offer students a change of pace from part of their daily routine in the traditional math class, supplement regular instruction, or provide homework practice. The I-MATH Program worksheets are especially appealing to students in Special Education and Alternative Education Programs.
What math skills are covered in the I-Math Program?
ALGEBRA VALUES Complete basic algebraic calculations.
BORROWING FROM THE BANK Calculate simple interest.
CUTTING THE CAKE, ETC. Calculate fractions with different denominators.
CUTTING THE ROPE Compare and calculate various lengths.
DIFFERENT AGES Compare and calculate various ages.
DIFFERENT COLORS Calculate fractions with different denominators.
DIFFERENT DENOMINATORS Calculate fractions with different denominators.
DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS Compare locations given in word problems to calculate one distance from another.
DOUBLING YOUR MONEY, ETC. Develop an understanding of the concept of doubling, tripling, etc.
FACTORY PRODUCTION Calculate amounts created in a specified amount of time.
FIND THE NEXT NUMBER Discover patterns between numbers.
LEAVING THE STATION Calculate one distance from another when time is a factor.
MALES & FEMALES, ETC. Compare two amounts when conditions are specified.
ODDS & EVENS Discover the numerical values when conditions are specified.
RAISING MONEY FOR CHARITY Calculate monetary or numerical value when conditions are specified.
SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS Manipulate whole numbers, fractions and percents to complete a calculation.
TRAVEL DISTANCES Manipulate fractions to calculate mileage when various conditions are specified.
TWOS, THREES, FOURS Calculate different combinations when given various groupings.
USING MATH LANGUAGES Compare and manipulate fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems.