There are so many benefits to reading and engaging with math stories. But I think students will get even more out of the story if the learning doesn't stop once the last page is read. Therefore, I have been creating activities to go along with some of my favorite math books! (If you missed the activities for Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, be sure to check it out!). Honestly, I love all the Sir Cumference books by Cindy Neuschwander. They are so fun and so clever! And the way she weaves math into the story is just beautiful! :) The first book I have chosen to look at is: Sir Keep Reading...

## Math Curse Activity Pack! {FREE!}

Math stories are such a fun way to engage kids in math learning, as well as help them see math in the world around them. Stories can make math come alive and get kids excited! One of my favorite (and highly engaging) stories is Math Curse by Jon Sciezka. This hilarious tale can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. To help you incorporate this into your math curriculum, I've created this Math Curse Activity Pack! This is such a fun book, and I love reading it with upper elementary kids all the way through middle school! (And actually, I have used it with 9th graders as well!) To encourage and Keep Reading...

## FREE Elementary Math Worksheets and Games

Instead of my weekly round-up of assorted math freebies, this week I am sharing a new discovery of mine: Math Salamanders! As a middle and high school teacher, I know where to look for extra practice worksheets (such as Kuta Software). I have not always been aware of or familiar with, however, resources and practice for elementary math classes. But now that I'm teaching my little ones, as well as tutoring a third grader, I have been on the hunt for a similar resource for younger learners. One site you may be familiar with is Homeschool Math. There are tons of great worksheets there for Keep Reading...

## Understanding Data with Mean, Median and Mode {FREE Lesson!}

Gathering data and then knowing how best to analyze and summarize that data is an important mathematical skill. In this lesson, students use a handful of pennies to explore different measures of center (mean, median and mode) and discuss what might be the best for their data set. All you need for this hands-on math lesson is a large sample of pennies from varying years, or if it's easier for you there are different sets of data included in the lesson that you can use. This is meant to be an introduction to the topic, so no prior knowledge is necessary! This could be used with students in Keep Reading...

## Integer Practice: Fun {Free!} Math Game!

Could your students use some extra practice adding and subtracting integers this spring? This Easter Peeps themed card game is a fun way to practice important math skills! All you have to do is print the cards on card stock, laminate and then cut them out. Then they can be used to play "Memory" or "Go Fish!" {Click HERE to go to my shop to download the Peeps Card Game!} Need to help students better understand how to add and subtract before playing these fun games? Check out my FREE lesson on integers! Hope you can use this and your students enjoy it! :) Keep Reading...

## Alcumus Online Learning {A Review}

I recently stumbled upon an online resource that looked useful, especially since it is completely free. It’s from the people at Art of Problem Solving and this particular resource is called Alcumus. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since I haven’t used any other AoPS materials, and I do not have the curriculum that it is meant to complement. But after playing with it and experimenting, I am happy to say that it seems to be an incredibly helpful and useful tool. Please note: This is NOT a teaching tool or online class to learn the content. This interactive tool is meant to Keep Reading...

## Exploring Volume: FREE Lesson!

To continue with my study of 3-D shapes, I have created a lesson to begin exploring volume. Like surface area, this is something that is often rushed through, and students are told to just "plug it into the formula." But I have seen this lead to many unnecessary mistakes because students never actually understand where the formula comes from, and therefore they end up "plugging in" the wrong things. Understanding WHY the formula for prisms and cylinders is V = B x h (where B stands for "area of the base") makes sense when students can see how the area and volume relate to each other. Keep Reading...

## Surface Area Practice Worksheets

Since I posted some lessons to help students learn and understand surface area last week, I thought I would add a couple of practice worksheets to go with it! These are simple and short, but I hope you find them helpful! The first has various prisms and cylinders, while the second covers pyramids and cones. I tried to use fairly simple examples so that they would be appropriate for middle school or high school, so if you are looking for more challenging problems (where different measurements are given, etc.) these may not be helpful to you. But please note, on the pyramids worksheet, there Keep Reading...

## 3-D Shapes Worksheets! {FREE Printables!}

One Geometry topic that is introduced at a young age and then explored in more complex ways as kids get older is 3D shapes. Obviously, the first thing young mathematicians learn is to simply recognize the shapes, learn their names and discover them in the world around us. As kids get older, it's important to help them learn and understand polyhedron nets. Understanding what these shapes look like "flat" helps with spatial sense and reasoning and will build a solid foundation for later study of surface area. These simple 3D shapes worksheets can help students make connections and understand 3D Keep Reading...

## The Importance of Math Vocabulary

Some of the most common errors I have seen teaching algebra occur because students simply cannot accurately "translate" words into mathematical models, or because they do not understand math "jargon" such as evaluate or simplify. I think this problem could easily be avoided, however, if one or two days were spent focusing on these skills. We cannot expect students to walk into class with a clear understanding of "math words" if they were never explicitly taught. Math is a language we must teach students, just as Spanish or French must be taught and learned. No one would expect a student to Keep Reading...

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