Welcome to the last day of my Math+Technology Series! I've shared a variety of free math lessons for middle and high school which incorporate graphing calculators in a meaningful way. Today I'm going to share a fun Geometry investigation, which is a combination of hands-on exploring and technology. This area of a circle activity is a great way for kids to better understand the formula. Plus, it's hands-on and can be used as a springboard for Keep Reading...

## Fun Probability Experiment with Dice {FREE}

Probability and statistics is such a unique branch of mathematics, and one that can easily cause confusion for students. If you're looking for a fun and easy way to introduce concepts, you'll love this probability experiment! It's part of my Math+Technology Series, and will help kids explore the differences between live, simulated and theoretical probability. All you need is the free probability lesson, a die and your graphing Keep Reading...

## Graphing Systems of Equations Activity {FREE}

I always loved finding a variety of ways to introduce, teach and explore systems of equations. It can seem like a daunting, overwhelming concept when students first hear it, but I think it's so fun and interesting! And solving systems certainly doesn't have to be as difficult or scary as kids think it is. What I love about this systems of equations activity, is that students get to explore graphing and solving systems in a non-threatening way, as Keep Reading...

## Teaching Integer Multiplication {FREE Graphing Calculator Activity}

Helping kids make sense of integer operations can be such a challenge. As a classroom teacher, I struggled to find ways to help my students remember. I didn't want them to simply memorize rules, formulas or tricks. I wanted to them to really understand. So I looked for ways to do just that. This integer multiplication activity will help your students discover important properties, and observe patterns with the help of their graphing Keep Reading...

## Decimals on a Number Line Game that Kids LOVE!

It is always exciting when we start a new math unit! There is something invigorating about knowing we have completed a chapter, and that its time to learn something new. This new unit introduces my oldest to two new concepts: large numbers up to a million, and understanding decimals. We have had a blast reading about, exploring, and playing games with large numbers and now it is about time to move onto decimals. Like any new concept, it is Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Large Numbers with a Table: Building Number Sense

I remember the first time that I was introduced to using tables for multiplying large numbers, division and more. Prior to that, my experience with tables included reading them, interpreting them, and graphing them. Pretty straight forward stuff that most Algebra students experience. Yet here I was, in a class for math teachers, looking at a table that was clearly written by a 2nd grader. I don't mean to say that the handwriting was so bad Keep Reading...

## Simple, Interactive Division Vocabulary Booklet {FREE}

I probably should have been as intentional with each math unit, but whenever we hit our division unit there was some major vocabulary work. Division vocabulary words such as dividend, divisor, and quotient are thrown around when little ones are learning division, so a little extra help is always needed. We would work through each vocabulary word, and then begin each small group time with a quick and easy math vocabulary sort. My son is now Keep Reading...

## How to Use Doodle Notes to Explore Absolute Value

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...

## Want a Unique Tangram Game to Challenge Your Kids?

As I recently shared on Instagram, my kids have been having a blast with a new hands on math toy: Geometiles. If you're not familiar with these blocks, read on, because they are a unique and powerful math tool. While there are endless possibilities for learning, today I'm going to share an introductory lesson we did about tangrams. Using Geometiles blocks and their unique tangram game printables, we learned about polygons, angles and had lots of Keep Reading...

## Simple and Fun Division BINGO Game: Answers as Fractions

If I were to hand my six-year-old 2 cookies and ask him to share it with each one of his siblings, he would know what to do. He would simply cut each cookie in half. Almost instinctively, he can see that he gets half, his brother gets half, and his twin siblings will each get half. In situations like that, dividing makes sense. Place a problem like 2 ÷ 4 in front of him, however, and confused looks are inevitable. So today I'm going to Keep Reading...

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