One of my favorite math topics to teach is the Pythagorean Theorem. I love how practical it is and how (usually) straightforward it is once you understand what the formula means. This is key though--students must begin by understanding what a, b, and c represent and how they relate to each other. Otherwise, the formula is just meaningless letters and solving problems becomes mere guesswork. I love to introduce it with something concrete such as Keep Reading...

## Digital Order of Operations Puzzles {FREE Download}

Order of operations is one of those math concepts that causes confusion for so many. So even though you may need to provide lots and lots of review and practice, it doesn't mean it has to be boring worksheets. This set of missing number puzzles will force students to think about order of operations in order to solve the puzzle correctly. And if you're teaching virtually, or just prefer to go paperless, you'll love this digital, interactive set of Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Would You Rather…? Ratio & Percent Tasks | DIGITAL

Do your students struggle to make sense of ratios, proportions and percent? Engage them in meaningful, real life math with this free set of ratio & percent tasks. While tutoring some middle school students during the summer, I wanted to make sure they had a deep understanding of ratios, proportions, unit rate and percent before heading on to high school. These math topics can often be rushed or skipped over or relegated to a mere formula Keep Reading...

## Pattern Puzzles to Build Algebraic Thinking | DIGITAL Puzzles

Do your kids see the connection between arithmetic and algebra? Build fluency with operations and problem solving skills with these engaging pattern puzzles for grades 3-5. Mathematics is often referred to as the science of patterns. Noticing patterns in numbers, operations and the world around us is what math is all about. So I love finding unique ways to practice looking for patterns with my kids. These triangle pattern puzzles introduce Keep Reading...

## Order of Operations Error Analysis | DIGITAL Practice

Help your students review and feel confident with these order of operations error analysis challenges! The digital format makes it low-prep for you, and engaging for students. One of my favorite ways to encourage rich math discussions and challenge students to think deeply about the math they're learning is with an error analysis task. This means you present students with a math problem that has already been solved or has some steps worked Keep Reading...

## Understanding Data: FREE Mean Median & Mode Lesson

Looking for fun, unique, hands on way to introduce and explore measures of center? This FREE mean median & mode lesson uses pennies to analyze and compare measures of center. Gathering data and then knowing how best to analyze and summarize that data is an important mathematical skill. In this lesson, students use a handful of pennies to explore different measures of center (mean, median and mode) and discuss what might be the best for Keep Reading...

## Virtual Math Scavenger Hunt: Learn About Math in Nature

This simple virtual math scavenger hunt includes everything your kids need to research and learn about math in nature, using the links provided. As a classroom teacher, I was occasionally given computer lab days. This was quite a long time ago, and there were not as many online games and interactive lessons at the time, so we would sometimes use these days to complete a 'webquest.' A webquest was essentially an online scavenger hunt, and my Keep Reading...

## Easter Peeps: Add & Subtract Integers Game {FREE}

Give your kids some fun, Easter themed math with this set of Easter Peeps Integers Game! This is a fun and easy way to practice adding & subtracting integers. Looking for a simple and fun way to practice integer operations? These adorable Easter Peeps Matching Cards can be used for a variety of games to help kids practice adding and subtracting integers. And this can be a fun and easy way to take a break from your normal math Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Pi Day Logic Puzzles | Grades 4+

Challenge kids in grades 4+ this March 14 with this fun and FREE set of Pi Day logic puzzles! Includes a grid puzzle and two sudoku puzzles. Are you excited to make math fun this Pi Day? I love finding new ways to celebrate and explore various math concepts each Pi Day: March 14. This is a great opportunity to introduce the number pi-how it's derived and how it relates to measurement-and circles. It's also a fun day to learn about Albert Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Valentine’s Day Fraction and Decimal Conversions Game

This Valentine's Day, help your fifth and sixth grade students learn to recognize common fraction and decimal conversions with this simple and fun board game. There are some math facts that are helpful for kids to memorize and know fluently. When our students can quickly recall multiplication facts or basic addition facts, they are more accurate in their calculations. They can also perform tasks quicker....which is very helpful when faced with Keep Reading...

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