For many kids, wrapping their head around fractions-what they are, what they represent, how they're used-is a huge challenge. And at first glance, comparing fractions makes no sense, because it seems to go against what they've been previously taught (bigger value=bigger number). In order to work with and compute with fractions, kids need to have a strong fraction sense, and this includes understanding how fractions compare to each other. This Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Add & Subtract Integers: Real Life Lesson

There are so many ways we see and use integers in the real world. We even add and subtract integers all the time, though we might not realize it. So even though teaching how to add & subtract integers might sound scary to both teacher and student, there are actually ways to introduce this in real and meaningful ways. This post includes a real life lesson you can use to add & subtract integers and help kids see the "rules" before you Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Convert Fractions to Decimals Game: Grades 4-6

Decimals and fractions are quite a struggle for so many of our students. One concept that is incredibly important though, that takes a lot of practice is converting fraction to decimals and vice versa. So when we use hands-on ways to teach these concepts it helps them to understand deeply. Then we can provide fun ways for them to practice. This convert fractions to decimals game is a great way to get in some fun practice! *Please Note: This Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Factoring Whole Numbers Puzzle Set for 4-5 Grade

Having taught high school Algebra, I can tell you that one of the most difficult concepts for students to understand is factoring polynomials. And I believe the struggle comes down to a lack of understanding of multiplication and factoring whole numbers. If students don't have a clear understanding of what the factors are for say, 24, how in the world can they find and understand the factors of 3x + 3? So today, I'm sharing a new free resource to Keep Reading...

## {FREE} January 2019 Math Problem of the Day Calendars

It's time for a new year and a fresh start! If you're looking for a simple way to weave in daily math practice or just a fun way to help kids continually review important skills, try these math problem of the day calendars. There are so many ways to use these, making consistent review possible. And I'm excited to share that this set of January 2019 Math Problem of the Day Calendars includes 3 different calendars with different levels of math Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Circus Themed Conversion Worksheets

Two-column tables. They seem like such a simple tool, but so much learning can happen when working with them. And today we are going to explore how and why to use two-column tables in math. These are especially useful for comparing units of measurement. These circus-themed conversion worksheets will help kids see the connections between different units of measure and standard and metric conversions. *Please Note: This posts may contain Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Pythagorean Theorem Word Problems Task Cards

Probably one of the most important formulas for students to know, remember and feel confident using is the Pythagorean theorem. I always like to introduce it in a fun, hands on way to make sure kids understand the meaning before I present a formal definition. But then, kids need lots of practice. And since mindlessly solving problems for a or b or c with no context gets tedious and boring, why not practice with these Pythagorean Theorem Word Keep Reading...

## Real World Pythagorean Theorem Practice {FREE}

When I was a classroom teacher, my philosophy for my students was "memorize as little as possible." That may sound shocking if you are of the opinion that kids need to memorize all sorts of math facts and formulas to be successful, but it's what my high school calculus teacher taught us, and it's how I successfully earned a college degree in mathematics. Now, that is not to say that nothing needs to be memorized. There are a handful of things Keep Reading...

## 4th of July Logic Puzzles for Kids {FREE}

While I realize that the 4th of July is a day to celebrate our country's independence by grilling out, spending time with family and watching fireworks, sometimes you need a quick and quiet activity for your kids in between all the fun. This cute set of 4th of July Logic Puzzles for kids is a chance to challenge each other, and maybe keep your kids out of the kitchen for a few minutes while you finish last minute preparations! Or maybe you just Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Easy Popcorn Factoring Practice Activity

Is learning factors apart of your multiplication unit? Learning factors can seem like a tedious process, but it is an important one. This simple, but fun factoring practice activity will help kids practice finding factors. Want to add to the fun? Snack on some popcorn while you work out the solutions. ;) *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* What are Keep Reading...

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