In case you were unaware, I launched this site in March of 2015. I've had so much fun, learned so much and made some amazing friends over the course of the last ten months! As I looked back on the year and thought about what I want to create and share in 2016, I decided to see what the most popular articles and math resources have been so far. Discovering my top math resources of 2015 has helped me come up with a plan for even more and Keep Reading...

## Football Themed Addition Game {FREE!}

One skill that I have spent a lot of time on with my first grader this year is addition and understanding number bonds. While I don't necessarily think all addition facts need to be memorized, I do believe that knowing how to make ten is important and worth the time to explore and learn because it is such a useful problem solving strategy. So today I am thrilled to share a game that is focused on learning and recognizing the number bonds of ten Keep Reading...

## Telling Time Early Math Reader {FREE Printable}

Telling time is one of the most important math skills. As you begin to help your kids learn to tell time, let them practice and experience telling time in real life. There are many ways to do this, even if you're not actually sitting at a clock determining the hour and the minutes. Have conversations throughout the day about morning, afternoon and night. Discuss what time certain events are happening, and how much time has passed. Engaging your 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 Keep Reading...

## “Build a Snowman” Place Value Activity {FREE!}

My kids are super ready and excited for a winter full of snow. They are determined to go sledding (our yard is very hilly) and build a fantastic snowman. The only problem? It's been in the 60s and 70s all December. Maybe things will change come January, but for now this silly snowman themed place value activity will have to do! This fun and low prep freebie will help kids explore place value as well as the expanded form of numbers! *Please 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 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. Keep Reading...

## Hot Chocolate Math Investigation: Estimation and Measurement!

My kids love hot chocolate. It's such a special treat! When the weather is nice, they love to curl up in the yard at night and star gaze with a large cup of hot chocolate. When the weather is cold and snowy, they love to warm up with a cup! The problem is, they tend to fight over silly things, like who gets which cup. Whether they want a particular mug, or a certain color, it drives me insane to have them argue over which cup they get! However, Keep Reading...

## Building the Numbers 11-20 {Free Printables!}

After spending quite a bit of time exploring the numbers 1-10 (through counting, number bonds, and subtraction), I am now focusing on the numbers 11-20. Though my daughter can recognize and name the numbers, she does not really understand what they represent (i.e. she does not yet understand place value). To help reinforce the fact that the numbers 11-20 are equivalent to 10 + ____, I've created some fun printable pages to model these numbers Keep Reading...

## Decorate a Christmas Tree! {Number Sense Activity}

I recently wrote about a fun and simple way to increase number sense and help kids think creatively about numbers. The "Build a Turkey" Number Sense lesson was so popular that I made a similar activity for Christmas! I was so excited to create this activity, I went a little overboard purchasing Christmas clipart. So if you like this, be sure to check back throughout December for more Christmas learning activities and printables! This Christmas Keep Reading...

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