Factoring polynomials is such an essential, foundational skill in Algebra. As students move on to more advanced concepts and even into higher levels of math study, they will still need to factor to solve all sorts of problems. So building a strong foundation and providing lots and lots of practice is the key. So today I'm sharing a really easy and low-prep way to provide extra factoring polynomials practice using some simple cut & paste 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...

## Simple Pi Day Art Project {Free Printable!}

Pi Day is my favorite day of the year to really geek out and try to encourage an excitement about math in my kids. To me, it's not just an opportunity to learn about circles or the number pi, but a chance to be curious and see how math is all around us. This year we created a fun, yet simple Pi Day art project. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* Over the 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## Geoboard Activity Cards {FREE Geometry Challenge}

My sister does not know what a geoboard is. I was purging my homeschool supplies when I found I had not one, but 5 geoboards. 5! Why do I have 5? So I thought I would ask younger sis if she wanted one or two for her girls. And she looked at me blankly. We went through the same school system and yet I know what a geoboard is and she doesn't. How? Did they change math in-between teaching me and her? Probably. I even showed it to her and still Keep Reading...

## Midpoint Formula Activity {FREE Hands-On Lesson}

When I was a classroom teacher, the one thing I hated was trying to teach basic formulas. In most textbooks, this consists of stating the formula, telling students to memorize it, then showing them how to "plug in" all the necessary information. I don't like this approach because it doesn't give students any ownership over their learning. Plus, it usually means learning it for a day, then forgetting it. That's not the end result I'm going for. Keep Reading...

## Hands-On Area of a Circle Activity {FREE}

Welcome to the last day of my Math+Technology Series! I've shared a variety of free math lessons for middle and high school which incorporate graphing calculators in a meaningful way. Today I'm going to share a fun Geometry investigation, which is a combination of hands-on exploring and technology. This area of a circle activity is a great way for kids to better understand the formula. Plus, it's hands-on and can be used as a springboard for Keep Reading...

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