Exploring the properties of three dimensional shapes is fun for all ages! Because kids are introduced to 3D shapes early on, you could make these together with young kids, or you could use them with high schoolers to explore more complex math. No matter how you use them, this set of foldable 3D shapes is bound to be a hit! *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* To assemble this set of foldable 3D shapes: I highly recommend printing the nets on stock paper rather than regular paper. I have tried Keep Reading...

## Adding and Subtracting Integers {FREE Lesson!}

One of the most important concepts introduced in pre-algebra (or algebra) is integer operations. I can distinctly remember learning "the rules" and fun little tricks to remember them. But I also remember wondering why in the world subtracting a negative means you add! So when I saw this method to introduce adding and subtracting integers, I knew I had to try it. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* Understanding integers and especially how to correctly add, subtract, multiply and divide them is a skill Keep Reading...

## Investigating Exponent Properties {FREE Lesson!}

Many of the topics covered in Pre-Algebra or Algebra are taught as "rules," "properties," or "formulas" to be memorized. And while it is definitely helpful to have certain properties or formulas memorized, I think it is much more important that these Algebra facts be taught in a way that is logical and makes sense, rather than simply telling students "This is true. Now use it correctly." If you let students explore and discover math truths on their own (with guidance), they will be more meaningful and it will be much more likely that students will remember them. Today I'm sharing a free Keep Reading...

## Pi Day Sing Along {FREE Printable!}

Get ready fellow math geeks, "Pi Day" is almost here! The day to celebrate the wonderfully simple and yet, at the same time complex, number pi. And of course, a fantastic excuse to PARTY! :) I'm so excited to help you prepare, and want to share a fun resource that can be used with kids of all ages! This Pi Day Sing Along has been recently updated, and now includes two pages of goofy math songs! *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* What is Pi Day, you ask? Well the number pi is a constant which Keep Reading...

## Exploring Surface Area of Pyramids and Cones!

As promised, I have another surface area lesson to share today! This builds on students' previous knowledge from the prisms and cylinders lesson to get them thinking about other three dimensional shapes: pyramids and cones. This FREE surface area of pyramids and cones investigation is a sure way to get kids thinking and better understanding area. It is also a fun, hands-on way to help them form a conceptual understanding, rather than trying to memorize formulas. This lesson is intended to be used together with the prisms and cylinders lesson, but helps students take their learning a bit Keep Reading...

## Exploring Surface Area: Hands-On Lesson!

One topic that I believe is too often rushed through, whether in pre-algebra or geometry, is the surface area of three dimensional objects. Because it is often seen as an "easy" topic where students are expected to simply "plug the numbers into the formula," it can be easy to say, "Here's the formula, GO." And while this may work for some students, especially students who have a strong foundation in geometry vocabulary and a strong understanding of area in general, simply "plugging numbers into the formula" doesn't come as easily to others. This hands-on investigation for exploring surface 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...

## Skittles Count and Compare! {FREE Printable Pack}

As kids begin to learn their numbers and count and understand cardinality (the number of items in a set), they will then be able to compare things. This becomes evident early on if you have more than one child, because they are quick to notice if brother or sister "has more than me!" While serving as referee in those sibling squabbles over more or less is not fun, this is an important math concept to master! And it starts with hands-on visuals which allow kids to see that one pile is bigger or smaller than the other. This Skittles Count and Compare math lesson is a fun (and tasty!) way to let Keep Reading...

## Fall Number Bond Practice! {FREE Printables!}

One of the earliest math concepts students learn is addition. This is an important concept for so many reasons! A strong foundation with addition and fact fluency will pave the way for students to understand subtraction, multiplication and more! And while there are many strategies for helping kids understand and learn addition facts, one that I have been spending a lot of time on with my daughter is number bonds. And although we have started to move on to subtraction, I still spend quite a bit of time reviewing number bonds with her, so I've created this fun set of Fall Number Bonds Practice Keep Reading...

## Creating Patterns With Skittles {FREE Printable!}

As I mentioned earlier this week, teaching kids to explore, recognize and use patterns is an essential part of math education. While students will eventually learn to recognize patterns with numbers and tables and graphs, it's important to start early with basic shapes and colors! And as I've mentioned before, what's more fun than learning math with Skittles? :) My kids had so much fun with these Skittles Pattern Cards, and even got busy coming up with their own patterns after they finished each of these! *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and help support Keep Reading...

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