To continue our math review using games outside, I decided to review skip counting by two's and knowing the difference between even and odd numbers. Obviously, my daughter is too young to understand that a number is even if it is divisible by two, but she does understand skip counting and how to use that knowledge to determine even or odd. Rather than simply sorting flashcards into piles of even numbers and odd numbers, I thought it would be more fun to make it into a bean bag toss game! It was SUPER easy to throw together, and took literally 3 minutes to prepare. All I did was write even Keep Reading...

## Taking Math Outside: Shape Scavenger Hunt

So we are wrapping up the school year here at our house, and since motivation is at an all time low (can any of you relate!?), we've been using this time to review some of the math topics from the year by taking it outside for some hands-on math FUN! First up: shape review! We spent a couple of minutes reviewing various shapes and talking about why we learn about shapes and how we use them in real life. Then, I explained how our scavenger hunt would work! All they had to do was find each shape somewhere outside and draw a picture on their recording sheet. Honestly, I think the Keep Reading...

## Mental Math Challenge: Exercise Your Brain! {FREE!}

Do your kids rely too heavily on the calculator? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind over the summer? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be forgotten. It's also a good workout for the brain to be challenged and to work out math problems that might otherwise be plugged into the calculator! I know my kids don't always jump for joy at the thought of doing a math worksheet, but they sure do love a good competition! Challenge your kids to race through this mental math workout and see who can Keep Reading...

## FREE Logic Puzzles!

The subject of systems of linear equations is very intimidating to most students. Especially if they have struggled to solve a single equation! To help show my students that systems of equations are not all that scary, and actually quite doable, I would start by giving them a "puzzle" to solve, like this one: I do not say anything about writing equations, solving a system of equations, or anything like that. I simply announce that I have a challenge for them, and the first to correctly solve it wins a prize (or a high five, or bragging rights, etc. haha!). Most students Keep Reading...

## Fraction Puzzles {FREE Download!}

Using puzzles was such a fun way to help my daughter practice and recognize place value, I decided to create some more fun puzzles! These puzzles are meant to help students understand fractions, as well as practice learning equivalent fractions. Learning how to rewrite the fraction 2/8 as 1/4 is an important skill, and I think it is equally important that students understand early on that they are NOT changing the fraction. These two fractions (2/8 and 1/4) mean exactly the same thing. That is why for the equivalent fraction puzzles, a visual is given to link the two fractions 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...

## The Great Calculator Debate

The great debate over calculator use in the math classroom, particularly in elementary school, will probably never be resolved. There are those who say there is no place for calculators in the classroom, whether elementary or high school. Then there are those who say that “mental math” is no longer necessary. That we live in an age of technology and memorizing multiplication facts or working math out with pencil and paper has become obsolete and a waste of time. Well, I would like to argue that there is a balance to be found, and that the calculator can be a wonderful tool in the math Keep Reading...

## Expanded Numbers Puzzles {FREE!}

It's often difficult for students to make the connection between the numbers 0-9 and place value. At first, children learn to count and everything has a single value, i.e. 6 race cars. But eventually, as they build on that knowledge and begin to consider larger numbers, they must understand place value. Then, suddenly, they can have 6 tens or 6 hundreds and it's not simply the number 6, but a much larger value. One way I have begun to teach my daughter to make sense of numbers this way is by using base 10 blocks to build the number, write the number, and say the number. We have also used 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...

## Fun New Resource: Kidoku by Krazy Dad

How do you provide time for mathematical thinking, logic and problem solving outside of the textbook? How can we encourage students to think logically and problem solve, rather than simply memorizing facts? There are always ways to encourage higher order thinking in the math classroom, and I love it when I find resources that can encourage this kind of logical reasoning with my kindergartener! :) This week I have discovered a fun twist on Sudoku puzzles: Kidoku by Krazy Dad! I love the challenge and problem solving involved in working out sudoku puzzles, but let's face it, they can be Keep Reading...

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