Math Algorithms for Elementary Students
This informational guide lists the main areas of elementary math algorithms. Math algorithms are stepbystep procedures specifying how to solve a problem, and the most common of them are the four basic procedures: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Significance

Acquiring problemsolving skills via math algorithms taught during elementary school sets children up for better problemsolving skills in later school and in the workforce.
Types

The basic math algorithms are addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Real World Applications for Kids

Elementary school children learn math algorithms more easily by relating math algorithms to reallife situations, which can serve as models for math, such as sharing and borrowing.
Applying Addition

A child's understanding of addition can be fortified by a reallife application, such as giving pencils to a friend in need.
Applying Subtraction

A reallife situation, such as borrowing a candy bar from a friend, can help a child better understand subtraction.
Applying Multiplication

Here is an example model for multiplication for a child: "You have two candy canes, and two of your friends, who also have two candy canes, give you their candy canes, which gives you a total of six candy canes."
Applying Division

Sharing a 12slice pizza among six friends is an ideal way to exemplify division to a child.