Saturday, November 26, 2011

GED Math Vocabulary- Whole Numbers

The following are 20 GED  math vocabulary words that GED students need to know.  They all focus around "whole numbers".  For worksheets to help learning and reinforce this vocabulary, go to

GED Math Vocabularly Worksheets

addition- the process of adding two numbers to get their sum

difference- the difference between two numbers is what you get when you subtract one from the other

division- a basic arithmetical operation determining how many times one quantity is contained within another

estimate- a rough guess at the value of a number

interval- in math, the space or distance between numbers

multiplication- the basic arithmetic operation of repeated addition

number line- a line on which each point represents a real number

place value- within a number, each digit is given a place value depending on it's location within the number

product- the result of multiplying two numbers

remainder- the number left over when one number is divided by another

subtraction- a basic operation of arithmetic in which you take away one number from another

sum- the result of addition

digit- in the decimal system, one of the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

period- each group of three digits in a series of numbers, starting from right to left

rounding- the process of approximating a number to a nearby one

comparing- to note the similarity or dissimilarity between two numbers

add- combine quantities, find a total

subtract- find a difference, take away a quantity, "how much left", "how much is left"

multiply- to put together a number of equal amounts to find a total, add the same number repeatedly

divide- to put together a number of equal amounts to find a total, Add the same number repeatedly

more GED Math Worksheets

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GED Reading Vocabulary

Recently I worked with a student who has been getting great scores on all of his GED tests, except the GED Reading Test.

What the student realized was that his vocabulary was weak.  More specifically, the vocabulary relating to the "mood" of a reading piece. 

The GED Reading passage that the student was reading had five answer choices for one of the questions.  They included the following:  melancholy, cautious, joyous, nostalgic, and pleasant.

The two that needed extra explanation were melancholy and nostalgic. 

Once I explained and gave an example or two.... the student was once again on his way through the material.

**When working with adult students who have fairly good reading skills in the GED Reading..... they will know much of the needed vocabulary, but not all.  There will be gaps and you will need to fill them.  Each student will come with their own sets of "gaps".  Customize your instruction to their needs and SEE THE RESULTS!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

GED Math Help- Small Group Instruction

One GED math help concept I taught this week was on reducing fractions.  Some students had difficulty understanding the idea of divisibility rules (for 2, 3, 5, and 10).  We went through many problems and many of them were still confused. 

I taught the concept of finding common factors.... and choosing the greatest common factors.... or at least using a common factor.  They were still confused.

Until one student said," When I was in school (way back when...) they told us to think about splitting the number in halves or thirds."

That the students understood. So we practiced the idea of "can we split BOTH numbers evenly in half, in thirds, in fifths, in tenths.  They finally understood reducing AND they understood that in simplifying a fraction such as 4/6 they were indeed dividing it by 2/2.

Be open to what your students have to say.  This "method" of teaching reducing fractions is something that I know I will use again.

reducing fraction worksheets

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GED Math Help

It's been three weeks into school and busy!  Seems there are just as many "out of work" or "don't have a diploma" adults visiting our Center.  All are anxious and all just want to learn the skills and either move on or pass the GED Math Test.

This Fall I am focusing again on small group math instruction within a lab environment.  Why you might ask?  That is a good question.  The answer is two-fold.

First, it is a matter of money.  As we all know, money for education keeps getting tighter and tighter.  I am trying to be creative in how the Center is being used and hoping that offering individual and groups of instruction will be appealing to many students.

Mostly, though, it is because I have found that there are a large group of individuals who like the group setting.  They get direct instruction and then have the time to practice skills on their own.

For math, I have been using worksheets from   Its a great site.  I included an image below of a sample worksheet. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

GED Math and School Again!

It is hard to believe that it is that time again. Back to school and back to thinking about finishing your GED.
Again, as I survey my students.... I find that the GED Math Test is one of the hardest and most challenging!
I have been busy putting together GED math worksheets and other tools to help students pass the GED Math Test.
They are collected on
Check it out.... and if you like what you see "Like" Worksheetsdirect on Face Book.  As new worksheets are generated and added to the site, it will be posted on Face Book.

Enjoy and good luck!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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