As student attention spans get shorter and shorter, teaching for long-term retention becomes more challenging. Students groan at the thought of taking notes and listening to a lecture, and yet in math class, it is inevitable that there will be some direct instruction each time we introduce a new concept. Today I want to introduce you to a new method of note taking, and provide a free sample to explore absolute value with your Keep Reading...

## How to Introduce and Teach Unit Rate: Practical Tips

So, your child is stuck on their homework. They have to find "unit rate." And you're looking at their homework paper and thinking, "What is unit rate?" Or at least, that's what my husband said when he asked what I was writing about. "Unit rate, huh. What's that?" I was a little surprised that my math savvy husband didn't know about this crucial math skill he probably uses nearly every day. Once I told him what it was he said, "Oh. I use Keep Reading...

## What’s For Lunch? An Engaging, Real Life Math Lesson {FREE}

"Why are we learning this?" Have you ever heard this from your students? If you teach math, I'd be surprised if you haven't. It can be challenging to create a math lesson that students can see the relevance in and that uses/teaches skills they need to know. But it is possible. In fact, I created one just for Math Geek Mama Readers. Help kids learn and understand math in a real world context with this add and subtract decimals Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Mixed Numbers Activity {FREE Puzzles}

To be completely honest, I used to dread it. Teaching multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers could become messy business. The steps were numerous, and one little mistake guarantees that the problem will be wrong. That all changed when I learned how to model multiplying mixed number by mixed numbers. This abstract concept now made sense to me, and I could help my children visualize it too. This once tedious process, became fun as we drew out Keep Reading...

## Subtracting Mixed Numbers Printable Board Game {FREE}

Ask a second or third-grade teacher what their students are struggling with and you might hear subtracting with regrouping. Ask an upper elementary teacher the same question, and you may not hear a different answer. Their answer may just involve fractions. Regrouping is difficult and when you add fractions, it can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Just like any arduous math concept, interactive notebooks, manipulatives, and games can make Keep Reading...

## Simple Way to Teach Kids to Code {Bitsbox Review #1}

Did you know there are 2 million apps available to purchase in the iTunes app store? Computer programmers and software developers designed these apps using a computer language such as Javascript, HTML, Objective C and others. In our increasingly technological society, raising kids who are computer literate is essential. Can you imagine if you child left for college already knowing how to write programs and apps in Javascript? Well, today I'm Keep Reading...

## Christmas Algebra Riddles: Systems of Linear Equations {FREE}

Well, I can hardly believe it, but today is the LAST freebie in my "12 Days of Christmas" math printables series! I hope you've enjoyed the free math resources I've shared, and can incorporate them into your math plans this December. Today, I'm sharing another set of silly Christmas riddles, but these practice pages focus on solving systems of linear equations. When I taught Algebra, this was one of my favorite topics to teach. I loved exploring Keep Reading...

## Christmas Algebra Riddles: Solving Linear Equations {FREE}

I'm excited to share the newest math freebie in my "12 Days of Christmas" printables series! If you've missed the rest, no worries! They're not going anywhere and you can still get all 12 free math resources. Yay! But if you're looking specifically for Algebra ideas, then you're in the right place. Today I'm sharing some simple, low prep Algebra practice to work on solving linear equations. (And stay tuned for more Christmas themed Algebra Keep Reading...

## Christmas Graphing Challenge: Graphing Linear Equations

If you teach Pre-Algebra or Algebra, then I have a fun Christmas themed freebie for you today! One skill that is so important in early Algebra is graphing linear equations. I spent a lot of time as a teacher trying to help kids recognize that the graph is a picture of what the equation represents. It's just another way to represent the information. So to help kids understand the connections between a table, an equation and the graph of a line Keep Reading...

## Christmas Equations: Algebra Skills Activity {FREE}

Welcome to Day 9 in my "12 Days of Christmas" math series! I love creating fun, holiday themed math lessons, worksheets and games, and I hope that today's activity provides a fun Christmas challenge for your students! Use this set of Christmas equations in a number of different ways depending on the age of your kids. This easy to use Christmas equations worksheet is a great way to get kids thinking outside of the box, using their problem solving Keep Reading...

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