Educational Resources


Spirit Lake has multiplication word problems
In nearly 30 years teaching and consulting on American Indian reservations, I’ve seen a dismaying number of failures to provide a good education. In the movie, Mask, the mother of a boy with a noticeable physical disfigurement is trying to register him for middle school. The principal says,  Perhaps a […]

Failing Native American students: Let me count the ways



It’s the end of the week and that means that it’s time for the Freebie Friday. Today’s freebie is a video on how tobacco is considered sacred by most Native American tribes. The video talks about the way that tribes use tobacco and the reasons behind it. You can view […]

Freebie Friday: Tobacco is Considered Sacred by Most Native American ...




Spirit Lake - game teaching multiplication, division and Dakota history
Several years ago, Dr. Erich Longie and I participated in an analysis of the NIES database where we found that the more native youth learned their culture and language in school, the worse their math scores. This finding held true even when we controlled for socioeconomic indicators like mother’s education. […]

Including Native American culture in your math class





3/3 = 1 : Converting a fraction when adding and subtracting fractions with a common denominator
 Students often struggle with multi-step problems for a lot of reasons. In my experience, the most common one is they stop too soon. For example, in the first lesson below, the student may add up the fractions of the rice gathered by each of the two sisters and stop there. […]

Adding and Subtracting fractions with a Common Denominator: Multi-step problems


Tic-tac-toe game for teaching multiplication
If you teach math, you are well aware of how essential it is that students learn basics such as multiplication and division. Of course math shouldn’t be all about rote memorization but if you believe it is a waste of time for students to memorize 9 x 7 = 63 […]

Teaching multiplication: Lesson Plan




3/3 is a fraction = 1
Is it back to school time already? Yes, it is! Are you ready? No, you are probably not. So, your friends here at 7 Generation Games want to lend a helping hand. To follow up our lesson plans on introducing fractions and teaching equivalent fractions, we want to talk about […]

When does a fraction = 1? Another back-to-school lesson plan


find an equivalent fraction to 2 out of 5 fish
Equivalent fractions are different fractions that name the same number. The numerator and the denominator of a fraction must be multiplied by the same nonzero whole number in order to have equivalent fractions. The presentations and videos below provide multiple explanations and examples. Using Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line I really like this PPT […]

Math Lesson – Equivalent fractions