Welcome to the weekly collection of FREE math worksheets, lessons and games here at Math Geek Mama! There are tons of free resources around the web, but it's not always easy to find them. So I do the hard work for you and share what I find here! Do you have a math freebie to share with Math Geek Mama readers? Send me a link so I can share it in the weekly round up! :) Kindergarten-2nd Grade: This fun twist on graphing is sure to make math more interesting for your kids! And if you're working on greater than or less than, try this cute alligator math set from Simple at 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...

## 5 Things You Should Never Say to the Child Who Struggles with Math

It can often be hard and frustrating trying to teach a child who struggles with math. No matter what you do or how you teach a concept, they just seem to fight to grasp the concepts. I know that in those moments it can be easy to lose patience, or join them in their frustrations, but in the long run, saying the following when they are frustrated or struggling will not help them. Here are some common things you should never say to the child who struggles with math (or even a child who is good at math!). Photo Credit: r.nial.bradshaw via Compfight cc *Please Note: Some of the links in this Keep Reading...

## Exploring Triangles with “The Greedy Triangle!”

The Greedy Triangle, by Marilyn Burns, is a great way to introduce shapes to young kids. It explores various shapes and gives copious examples of shapes in the world around us, and gave us a great starting place for exploring triangles! In addition, it provides an important character lesson: be content with who you are! Or as Dr. Seuss put it, Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* The Greedy Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to the weekly round up of math teaching freebies here at Math Geek Mama! Every week, I try to share the best FREE lessons, games and more to help you make math fun and engaging! I hope you find something useful! :) Kindergarten-2nd: I love this combination of math and literacy from This Reading Mama! This mystery letter activity is great for reading and recognizing large numbers! I wrote earlier this week about how important I think it is for kids to learn how to "make ten," so I was especially excited to find this adorable gumball game! I know my kids will love it! (AND Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome friends! Every week I share all the best FREE math resources that I find, to help you better engage your students and practice important math skills! I hope you find something useful, and join us again next week! :) Kindergarten-2nd: This freebie from Educents is a great way to get kids to think about numbers and make important connections! (Could even be used with older kids!) I love this fun and simple game from Primary Inspiration! What a great way to review a variety of 1st grade math concepts! This would be an easy way to keep up the practice over the Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to my weekly round up of fun math teaching freebies! I hope you will find something useful, and if not, let me know! Kindergarten-2nd: One of the best and easiest resources for teaching math in the early years is a hundreds chart! This free download is available in 5 different colors! If you have some beads lying around, let your kids practice making patterns! This is such a great hands-on activity that would definitely keep my kids busy! 3th-5th: If you need a resource for perimeter problem solving, download this freebie from Fern Smith! I love that these task 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...

## The King’s Chessboard Problem {Free Printables!}

Today's math story problem is a classic problem that is seen in the book: The King's Chessboard by David Birch Similar to The Lion's Share, this classic folktale teaches important lessons on character and the dangers of pride, while also presenting a fascinating mathematical problem. When a King forces the wise man to choose a reward for his service, the man says he simply wants one grain of rice for the first square on the chessboard, then two for the second square, then four, then eight, etc. doubling until they get to the 64th square. So the question becomes, "Just how much rice is Keep Reading...

## 4 Reasons Teaching Math Vocabulary is Vital

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc (Text added) There were many reasons why I opted to major in mathematics rather than history, art history, or English (although let’s be honest…I never really considered majoring in English.). One of the main reasons, however? Math doesn’t require reading and writing. Just numbers and problem solving. That was my thinking anyway, as I jumped into my freshman year. And to some extent, I was right. Over the course of my undergraduate career, I wrote a total of two research papers. Yup that’s right, two. I had to write a few short Keep Reading...