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...

## Valentine’s Day Logic Puzzles for Kids {FREE}

Special holidays can be a great time to get out of your normal math routine and let your kids work on something new and different. Logical reasoning is one of those important math areas that is usually lacking in math textbooks. But supplementing your curriculum with the occasional logic puzzle is a great way to weave it in! This set of Valentine's Day Logic Puzzles is perfect for kids ages 9 and up. *Please Note: This post contains Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Properties of Multiplication Cut & Paste Practice

There are so many steps to teaching multiplication. It starts with understanding what multiplication is (area or arrays), moves into learning the math facts, and proceeds into conquering two digit and three digit multiplication. There is a step that I often skipped as a classroom teacher: properties of multiplication. *This is a guest post from Rachel of You've Got This Math. Teaching the Properties of Multiplication: As a teacher, Keep Reading...

## Christmas Math Puzzles for Kids {FREE!}

I know how crazy those days leading up to Christmas break can get. The kids are ready to be done, and let's face it, teachers are usually ready to be done too! It can be hard to keep kids engaged during this time. Or maybe you teach high school and you're gearing up for final exams. What are your kids supposed to do when they've finished? Well today, I'm sharing a fun, yet challenging set of Christmas math puzzles to help your kids deepen their Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Adding & Subtracting Decimals Game for Grades 4-6

Adding three-digit numbers doesn't seem to be a difficult concept for many children. Make it subtraction, however, and we create some difficulty. But add a decimal in there and it can throw some kiddos for a loop. As in teaching any concept it is important to build that background knowledge of what decimals are before we begin to introduce adding and subtracting. Just as we want our younger ones to understand what the ones place is verses the Keep Reading...

## Fun Thanksgiving Math & Logic Puzzles {FREE}

Ahh, that day before Thanksgiving break. Classes are short, so there's no time to give a test, but you're about to go on break (and you know kids won't be reviewing math) so you can't teach something new. How can you plan your time so it's not wasted?? How about some fun, yet challenging Thanksgiving math puzzles? This set of logic and Sudoku puzzles will help your kids work on their logic and critical thinking skills. *Please Note: This Keep Reading...

## Division Debate: Do Kids Need Long Division?

Teaching long division. Can you imagine anything more painful in homeschooling? The child staring at the problem with tears in their eyes thinking, "I will never understand this." And there's the mom who has explained for what feels like the 100th time thinking, "Why can't they get this?!" What if I told you that you don't have to teach long division? In fact, I don't teach it to my children and I never worried about it in the classroom. If Keep Reading...

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