Mathematics is the science of patterns. Encourage your students to look for and make sense of math patterns & structure in order to deepen understanding and retain what they learn. Welcome back to my series on the Standards for Mathematical Practice! I have enjoyed reading and thinking through different ways we can foster these habits in our classrooms and encourage kids to think deeply about math. *Please Note: This post contains Keep Reading...

## Build Math Habits: Model with Math & Visual Tools

Want to encourage independent math thinking? Help your kids learn how to model with math & visual tools as they seek to solve problems. Find ideas & free resources to help below! Welcome back to my series on the Standards for Mathematical Practice! In each article I'm trying to unpack these standards in a way that makes sense so that you can help your students develop these math habits. This will help them to move beyond memorization Keep Reading...

## Valentine’s Day Number Sense Challenge: Open Ended Math

Provide a fun and engaging Valentine's Day number sense building activity for students of all ages! This free download can be used and adapted in so many ways & is low-prep for the teacher. I always enjoy incorporating seasonal or holiday-themed activities into our math lessons. It just adds a little something new and fun. Plus, it's a welcome change of pace from the everyday routine. But what I really love is finding an activity all of my Keep Reading...

## Build Math Habits: Talk About Math & Justify Thinking

Teach your kids to talk about math and justify math thinking as they explore and grow as mathematicians. Use these tips and free resources to get started! Today I am continuing my series on the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The goal of this series is to help our students build strong math habits so they can be thinkers and problem solvers. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which support the work of this site. Read Keep Reading...

## Simple Daily Math Warm-Ups to Build Number Sense

Looking for a way to start math each day to get kids' brains working and also build number sense and problem solving skills? Here are simple, daily math warm-ups you can implement in 10-15 minutes. When I was in school, most of my middle and high school classes had a daily 'math warm up' time to get us going. The drill was simple: come to class, get out a blank piece of paper and answer the 5 math problems on the chalkboard. Was this helpful? Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Mental Math Challenge for Kids: Exercise Your Brain!

Looking for a unique and fun mental math challenge for your kids to build number sense? This activity is easy to differentiate with multiple levels and the open ended design. How fluent are your kids with math facts and computation skills? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind when schools are closed? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be Keep Reading...

## FREE Online Math Manipulatives for At Home Learning

Looking for an alternative to hands on math manipulatives? This huge, growing list of FREE online math manipulatives is a great way to provide 'hands on' math practice remotely. There's no denying that hands on visuals and manipulatives help students see, understand and learn math. But what if your child or student doesn't have access to hands on manipulatives? If you are a classroom teacher, it's great having these math tools available and on Keep Reading...

## K-8 Math at Home: Resources for School Closures

Looking for simple math resources for your kids because of COVID-19? This is the ultimate collection of math resources for school closures available for grades K-8. Most days I can't even keep up with the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis. Even though I was already a homeschool mom (and so, less affected by school closures than others have been), I have felt overwhelmed as I watched so many lives turned upside down Keep Reading...

## Benefits of Esti-Mystery Challenges | FREE Esti-Mystery Recording Pages

Learn more about the unique Esti-Mystery math challenges and how these engaging prompts can build confidence and number sense in your students. Plus, grab the free set of esti-mystery recording pages to help students as they solve them! What does your daily math routine look like? Maybe it includes a "number of the day" challenge, or calendar time. Maybe it includes number talks or fun math game time. Of all the math tasks you give your Keep Reading...

## FREE January 2020 Problem of the Day Calendars

Looking for a quick and easy way to review math skills? Try this set of FREE January 2020 problem of the day calendars! 3 versions for grades K-8. Are you looking for a way to squeeze some extra review into your math routine? Or maybe just a quick and fun change of pace as you start the new year? Or maybe you need a way to encourage math talk and practice at home. No matter what you're looking for, I've got you covered with this set of January Keep Reading...

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