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...

## Fun Probability Experiment with Dice {FREE}

Probability and statistics is such a unique branch of mathematics, and one that can easily cause confusion for students. If you're looking for a fun and easy way to introduce concepts, you'll love this probability experiment! It's part of my Math+Technology Series, and will help kids explore the differences between live, simulated and theoretical probability. All you need is the free probability lesson, a die and your graphing Keep Reading...

## Graphing Systems of Equations Activity {FREE}

I always loved finding a variety of ways to introduce, teach and explore systems of equations. It can seem like a daunting, overwhelming concept when students first hear it, but I think it's so fun and interesting! And solving systems certainly doesn't have to be as difficult or scary as kids think it is. What I love about this systems of equations activity, is that students get to explore graphing and solving systems in a non-threatening way, as Keep Reading...

## Measuring Angles Activity: Simple and Fun Puzzle Set {FREE}

Even though I taught (and LOVE) Algebra, there's one thing that I will always love about Geometry: it's hands-on and visual. I do realize Algebra can be hands-on and visual too, and I tried to teach it that way. But there is something much more obviously visual and tangible about Geometry. And I think this makes it fun! So if you're looking for a fun, engaging Geometry resource for 4th grade or 5th grade, you will love this measuring angles Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Large Numbers with a Table: Building Number Sense

I remember the first time that I was introduced to using tables for multiplying large numbers, division and more. Prior to that, my experience with tables included reading them, interpreting them, and graphing them. Pretty straight forward stuff that most Algebra students experience. Yet here I was, in a class for math teachers, looking at a table that was clearly written by a 2nd grader. I don't mean to say that the handwriting was so bad Keep Reading...

## How to Use Doodle Notes to Explore Absolute Value

As student attention spans get shorter and shorter, teaching for long-term retention becomes more challenging. Students groan at the thought of taking notes and listening to a lecture, and yet in math class, it is inevitable that there will be some direct instruction each time we introduce a new concept. Today I want to introduce you to a new method of note taking, and provide a free sample to explore absolute value with your Keep Reading...

## Christmas Algebra Riddles: Systems of Linear Equations {FREE}

Well, I can hardly believe it, but today is the LAST freebie in my "12 Days of Christmas" math printables series! I hope you've enjoyed the free math resources I've shared, and can incorporate them into your math plans this December. Today, I'm sharing another set of silly Christmas riddles, but these practice pages focus on solving systems of linear equations. When I taught Algebra, this was one of my favorite topics to teach. I loved exploring Keep Reading...

## Christmas Algebra Riddles: Solving Linear Equations {FREE}

I'm excited to share the newest math freebie in my "12 Days of Christmas" printables series! If you've missed the rest, no worries! They're not going anywhere and you can still get all 12 free math resources. Yay! But if you're looking specifically for Algebra ideas, then you're in the right place. Today I'm sharing some simple, low prep Algebra practice to work on solving linear equations. (And stay tuned for more Christmas themed Algebra Keep Reading...

## Christmas Graphing Challenge: Graphing Linear Equations

If you teach Pre-Algebra or Algebra, then I have a fun Christmas themed freebie for you today! One skill that is so important in early Algebra is graphing linear equations. I spent a lot of time as a teacher trying to help kids recognize that the graph is a picture of what the equation represents. It's just another way to represent the information. So to help kids understand the connections between a table, an equation and the graph of a line Keep Reading...

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