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...

## 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...

## How to Build a Solid Mathematics Foundation

There is one vital concept all math students must know in order to be successful. Does your student have it mastered? Maybe your student struggles with multi-digit addition or multiplication. Maybe it's division that's got them hung up. Or perhaps, it's subtraction with (gasp!) regrouping. In all likelihood all of these struggles can be boiled down to one issue: Place value. *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate Keep Reading...

## Simple Strategy to Teach Multi-Digit Multiplication

Your student is sitting at the dining room table. He’s supposed to be doing his math assignment. Instead, he’s doodling his hate for the subject in the margins. He’s already tried multiplying 52x28 but keeps getting the wrong answer. You’ve tried explaining it. Multiple times. But to no avail. He has given up and you’re about ready to join him. You start thinking, maybe it’s not that important. Maybe I should just get out the Keep Reading...

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