Getting back in the school groove has me ready for fall and all my favorite things that come with it: changing leaves, cooler weather and freshly picked apples! To go along with the apple theme and give my kids some fun new ways to practice making ten, I created some apple ten frame games! Learning to make ten is an important skill for young kids. It will help kids develop their number sense and prepare them for more difficult math problems. Hopefully this fun set of ten frame games will give your kids some great practice! *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up

Welcome to the weekly round up of math teaching freebies here at Math Geek Mama! Each week I share a collection of ideas, lessons and games for grades K-12. Do you have a resource to share with other educators? Send me a link so I can share it here! Kindergarten-2nd Grade: I love this simple set of money task cards! Kids choose a card and then find the corresponding grocery items to calculate the total! Great real life math practice! This is a great post on subitizing from Math Coach's Corner which also includes a fun freebie to help kids practice! I also love this idea for Keep Reading...

## Making Absolute Value Clear (With FREE Printables!)

One of the math concepts that I have seen students struggle with the most, and yet seems so simple at first glance, is absolute value. It often seems that the only thing students ever "get" from an absolute value lesson is this: absolute value = make it positive. That is NOT, however, the definition of absolute value, and therefore, becomes the cause of much confusion as students try to apply and use absolute value in more complicated problems. This absolute value exploration teaches absolute value in a way that makes sense, and makes it clear to students why absolute value problems are Keep Reading...

## How Much Does a Pumpkin Cost? {FREE Algebra Lesson!}

For many students, the transition from math computations in the upper elementary grades to Algebra is a challenge. Suddenly, they are having to write mathematical equations and use symbols and letters rather than just numbers. (Although hopefully they have at least been introduced to some of these things prior to formal Algebra). One way to help students ease the transition and make sense of it all is by looking at real and meaningful examples. Today I'm going to share a 3 part Algebra lesson based on finding the cost of a pumpkin! *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which 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...