To finish up our week of "Taking Math Outside," I wanted to review adding and subtracting using a number line! A number line is an important tool for solving problems and increasing number sense, and even though my daughter doesn't have much trouble adding and subtracting, I want her to understand how numbers relate to each other on a number line. It was also a good opportunity to discuss the arrows on a number line and the fact that the Keep Reading...

## Taking Math Outside: Even and Odd Number Beanbag Toss

To continue our math review using games outside, I decided to review skip counting by two's and knowing the difference between even and odd numbers. Obviously, my daughter is too young to understand that a number is even if it is divisible by two, but she does understand skip counting and how to use that knowledge to determine even or odd. Rather than simply sorting flashcards into piles of even numbers and odd numbers, I thought it would be Keep Reading...

## Taking Math Outside: Shape Scavenger Hunt

So we are wrapping up the school year here at our house, and since motivation is at an all time low (can any of you relate!?), we've been using this time to review some of the math topics from the year by taking it outside for some hands-on math FUN! First up: shape review! We spent a couple of minutes reviewing various shapes and talking about why we learn about shapes and how we use them in real life. Then, I explained how our scavenger hunt Keep Reading...

## {FREE} System of Equations Logic Puzzles!

The subject of systems of linear equations is very intimidating to most students. Especially if they have struggled to solve a single equation! It doesn't have to be scary though. I would introduce systems of equations with simple and fun puzzle challenges to ease kids in. System of Equations Activity: To help show my students that systems of equations are not all that scary, and actually quite doable, I would start by giving them a Keep Reading...

## Modeling Fractions & Equivalent Fractions: FREE Puzzles

Looking for some visual aids to help your kids see and understand fractions and equivalent fractions? This fun set of printable fraction puzzles can help show kids what fractions represent. Using puzzles was such a fun way to help my daughter practice and recognize place value, I decided to create some more fun printable puzzles! These puzzles are meant to help students understand fractions, as well as practice learning equivalent fractions. Keep Reading...

## FREE Elementary Math Worksheets and Games

Instead of my weekly round-up of assorted math freebies, this week I am sharing a new discovery of mine: Math Salamanders! As a middle and high school teacher, I know where to look for extra practice worksheets (such as Kuta Software). I have not always been aware of or familiar with, however, resources and practice for elementary math classes. But now that I'm teaching my little ones, as well as tutoring a third grader, I have been on the Keep Reading...

## Fun New Resource: Kidoku by Krazy Dad

How do you provide time for mathematical thinking, logic and problem solving outside of the textbook? How can we encourage students to think logically and problem solve, rather than simply memorizing facts? There are always ways to encourage higher order thinking in the math classroom, and I love it when I find resources that can encourage this kind of logical reasoning with my kindergartener! :) This week I have discovered a fun twist on Keep Reading...

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