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 Keep Reading...

## The Beginner’s Guide to Hands-On Math

Do you ever feel like teaching math is a struggle or just plain boring? Are you sick of worksheets and textbooks? Teaching and exploring math in a hands-on way will not only be more engaging for your kids, but it will deepen and strengthen their conceptual understanding. But if the thought of making math "hands-on" is intimidating to you, never fear! This beginner's guide to hands-on math will walk you through it, expand your understanding of Keep Reading...

## The Math Marathon: How to Train Kids to be Thinkers and Problem Solvers

What do you think of when you think about learning math? Most people tend to think about hard work and practice, practice, practice. But training for a marathon is actually a wonderful analogy for how we as teachers either in our homeschool or classroom can help students become the strongest math students they can be. Carefully planning out meaningful math experiences will develop deep mathematical thinking skills and prepare them to be strong 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## How to Teach Subtraction with Regrouping: Simple Strategy

One of the most common struggles that I hear from parents and teachers is teaching subtraction with regrouping (or borrowing). This is, no doubt, a difficult concept to teach and learn, so it's no surprise that it causes lots of kids to stumble. So today I want to share how I teach subtraction with regrouping. Now, I don't share this because I have all the answers, or because this is the only method to use, or because I think it will work for 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...

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