# Math Hoppers

Kangaroo Math for Young Explorers

#### What is Kangaroo Math?

Kangaroo Math is a fun and exciting math competition where students from different countries solve interesting and challenging math problems. It is named after the kangaroo because it was first started in Australia.

#### Purpose

The main goal of Kangaroo Math is to make math enjoyable and to encourage young students to develop a love for mathematics. It helps students practice their math skills in a playful and engaging way.

#### Format

**Multiple-Choice Questions:**The competition consists of multiple-choice questions that are designed to test different aspects of mathematical understanding, such as logic, reasoning, and basic arithmetic.**Levels:**There are different levels in the competition to match the age and skill levels of the participants. For first and second graders, the problems are tailored to be age-appropriate and fun.

#### Benefits

**Enhances Problem-Solving Skills:**The problems in Kangaroo Math encourage students to think critically and creatively to find solutions.**Builds Confidence:**By participating in the competition, students can build confidence in their math abilities as they solve problems and see their progress.**Encourages a Love for Math:**The competition aims to show students that math can be fun and interesting, helping to foster a lifelong interest in the subject.**International Exposure:**Students get a chance to be part of a global event, giving them a sense of belonging to a larger community of math enthusiasts.

#### Preparation

Blue Ridge Boost classes are structured a problem-solving sessions. Students work through problem sets under the expert guidance of enthusiastic teachers. Occasionally, there will be mini-lessons to introduce students to concepts not covered in school.

#### Topics Covered

- Counting and Number Recognition
- Basic Addition and Subtraction
- Understanding Patterns
- Shapes and Spatial Understanding
- Simple Word Problems

#### Sample Problems

Here are some examples of the types of problems students might encounter in the Math Kangaroo competition for grades 1 and 2:

**Example 1:**If you have 3 apples and you get 2 more from a friend, how many apples do you have in total?**Example 2:**What shape has 4 equal sides and 4 equal angles?**Example 3:**Fill in the blank: 2, 4, 6, __, 10.

#### Resources

For more information and resources, visit the Math Kangaroo official website.

#### Conclusion

Kangaroo Math for first and second graders is an excellent opportunity for young students to challenge themselves, improve their math skills, and have fun with math. It's a great way to introduce them to the joy of problem-solving and the excitement of participating in a global event.