Looking for a way to start math each day to get kids' brains working and also build number sense and problem solving skills? Here are simple, daily math warm-ups you can implement in 10-15 minutes. When I was in school, most of my middle and high school classes had a daily 'math warm up' time to get us going. The drill was simple: come to class, get out a blank piece of paper and answer the 5 math problems on the chalkboard. Was this helpful? Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Mental Math Challenge for Kids: Exercise Your Brain!

Looking for a unique and fun mental math challenge for your kids to build number sense? This activity is easy to differentiate with multiple levels and the open ended design. How fluent are your kids with math facts and computation skills? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind when schools are closed? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be Keep Reading...

## FREE Online Math Manipulatives for At Home Learning

Looking for an alternative to hands on math manipulatives? This huge, growing list of FREE online math manipulatives is a great way to provide 'hands on' math practice remotely. There's no denying that hands on visuals and manipulatives help students see, understand and learn math. But what if your child or student doesn't have access to hands on manipulatives? If you are a classroom teacher, it's great having these math tools available and on Keep Reading...

## K-8 Math at Home: Resources for School Closures

Looking for simple math resources for your kids because of COVID-19? This is the ultimate collection of math resources for school closures available for grades K-8. Most days I can't even keep up with the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 health crisis. Even though I was already a homeschool mom (and so, less affected by school closures than others have been), I have felt overwhelmed as I watched so many lives turned upside down Keep Reading...

## FREE Esti-Mystery Challenges for Grades K-2 | Math Geek Mama

Looking for a new and super fun math task for your students? Try an esti-mystery to combine meaningful estimation practice with number sense building! Grab this set FREE for grades K-2. My kids and I have been using a new set of math challenges that everyone LOVES! It's called an esti-mystery and typically they come from Steve Wyborney. But thanks to his course, I have learned how to create my own, especially for my kids. So today, I want to Keep Reading...

## Benefits of Esti-Mystery Challenges | FREE Esti-Mystery Recording Pages

Learn more about the unique Esti-Mystery math challenges and how these engaging prompts can build confidence and number sense in your students. Plus, grab the free set of esti-mystery recording pages to help students as they solve them! What does your daily math routine look like? Maybe it includes a "number of the day" challenge, or calendar time. Maybe it includes number talks or fun math game time. Of all the math tasks you give your Keep Reading...

## Writing Algebraic Expressions: FREE Practice Pages

Grab this print and go set of worksheets for some quick and easy writing algebraic expressions practice! Includes 3 pages plus answer keys! My teaching career has been focused in elementary school. But with the decision to homeschool my children, I'm now getting to teach some middle school subjects. My oldest started a sixth-grade math book this year. I'll be honest: there have been a few problems I've really had to think through and use Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Number Talk Planning Pages

I believe one of the best routines you can include in your math classroom are number talks. Number talks give kids a chance to think deeply about math operations, come up with their own strategies and justify their thinking. These are all important parts of the math learning process. And so with just 10-15 minutes a day, you can see tremendous growth over time! So I hope this set of number talk planning pages enables you to incorporate this Keep Reading...

## 5 Reasons Number Talks Should be a Regular Part of Your Math Routine

If you are a classroom teacher at any grade level, I encourage you to make number talks a regular part of your daily math routine. If you're not sure what this means or what a number talk looks like, I've got you covered. In this article, I will share a basic overview of number talks, why they are so important and how you can get started. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which support the work of this site. Read our full Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Creative Math Writing Prompt: The Day the __ Quit!

Remember that time you wrote a fun and creative essay in math class? No? Yeah, me neither. But why shouldn't we include engaging creative writing in math? There are so many benefits to encouraging kids to write in math class. So allowing them to be creative while using math vocabulary and thinking openly about the subject seems like a no brainer to me. So when I read about this idea as an example of writing in math class in Linda Dacey's book, I Keep Reading...

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