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...

## 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...

## Math Twister! {A Fun Indoor Math Game!}

I don't know about you, but we have seen an inordinate amount of rain around here! And while it has been great for the trees and the flowers, it has not been quite as great for these stir crazy kids! Not to worry, though, because I came up with a math game that kept them busy AND wore them out, all while practicing important math facts! *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* I simply turned the classic game of Twister into a get-up-and-move math game to help my little ones (who are Keep Reading...

## Taking Math Outside: Number Line Race

To finish up our week of "Taking Math Outside," I wanted to review adding and subtracting using a number line! A number line is an important tool for solving problems and increasing number sense, and even though my daughter doesn't have much trouble adding and subtracting, I want her to understand how numbers relate to each other on a number line. It was also a good opportunity to discuss the arrows on a number line and the fact that the numbers keep going (in both directions). For our number line game, we went from 0-20, but we talked about how numbers go beyond 20, and how we can also go Keep Reading...

## Problem Solving by Drawing a Picture

I am a very visual learner. Whenever I am facing a word problem of any kind, my initial reaction is to draw a picture. Even if it is a fairly simple problem and I think I already know how to solve it (or even already know the answer), I will almost always still draw a picture. While this is an especially useful strategy for visual learners, I believe that problem solving by drawing a picture can be helpful for any student! Maybe I'm drawn to this strategy because I’m such a great artist…no, that’s definitely not it! I believe it is because seeing a visual representation of the problem can Keep Reading...

## Problem Solving by Solving an Easier Problem

One of the most important things students should be learning in math class is not some specific, useful math topic or skill, but how to problem solve. Math is not easy! If students understand that math is hard, and requires thinking and practicing, they will be less likely to give up at the first sign of trouble. If students understand that it’s ok to wrestle with a problem for a little while, and maybe even make some mistakes first, they won’t be as frustrated when the answer doesn’t simply pop into their head the first time they read the problem. Sometimes, the best way to solve a difficult Keep Reading...

## Math Curse Activity Pack! {FREE!}

Math stories are such a fun way to engage kids in math learning, as well as help them see math in the world around them. Stories can make math come alive and get kids excited! One of my favorite (and highly engaging) stories is Math Curse by Jon Sciezka. This hilarious tale can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. To help you incorporate this into your math curriculum, I've created this Math Curse Activity Pack! This is such a fun book, and I love reading it with upper elementary kids all the way through middle school! (And actually, I have used it with 9th graders as well!) To encourage and Keep Reading...

## Integer Practice: Fun {Free!} Math Game!

Could your students use some extra practice adding and subtracting integers this spring? This Easter Peeps themed card game is a fun way to practice important math skills! All you have to do is print the cards on card stock, laminate and then cut them out. Then they can be used to play "Memory" or "Go Fish!" {Click HERE to go to my shop to download the Peeps Card Game!} Need to help students better understand how to add and subtract before playing these fun games? Check out my FREE lesson on integers! Hope you can use this and your students enjoy it! :) Keep Reading...

## Surface Area Practice Worksheets

Since I posted some lessons to help students learn and understand surface area last week, I thought I would add a couple of practice worksheets to go with it! These are simple and short, but I hope you find them helpful! The first has various prisms and cylinders, while the second covers pyramids and cones. I tried to use fairly simple examples so that they would be appropriate for middle school or high school, so if you are looking for more challenging problems (where different measurements are given, etc.) these may not be helpful to you. But please note, on the pyramids worksheet, there Keep Reading...

## We Have to Give Them Homework?!

The issue and numerous questions surrounding homework assignments always plagued me as a teacher. I tried many different approaches, especially as my student population changed, but I still struggled to figure out what the “right” approach was. When I was teaching disadvantaged students in a public school setting, I almost never gave them homework. I knew that for many, the home situation was rocky and their brains would not be able to engage with algebra problems once they left the school building. So instead, I worked hard to break up our classroom time by teaching or giving them a Keep Reading...