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...

## 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...

## Math in Nature: 5 Stunning Ways We See Math in the World

Have you ever stopped to look around and notice all the amazing shapes and patterns we see in the world around us? Mathematics forms the building blocks of the natural world and can be seen in stunning ways. Here are a few of my favorite examples of math in nature, but there are many other examples as well. The Fibonacci Sequence: Named for the famous mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci, this number sequence is a simple, yet profound Keep Reading...

## I Notice, I Wonder…Helping Kids Understand Big Math Ideas & Solve Problems

One of the biggest hurdles for kids when it comes to math is word problems. Just the sight of a word problem can either send kids into a panic or cause them to number pluck: meaning they simply pull out all the numbers and guess at an operation (often just adding them up). But if we want kids to think like mathematicians and learn to be strong problem solvers, we have to help them think about and communicate big math ideas. They need to learn to Keep Reading...

## 10 Things Every Good Mathematician Should Do

Everyone can be a mathematician. Every student can succeed at math! But not every student walks into class already knowing how to think like a mathematician, problem solve and think logically. So here is a list of ten things every student can learn to do and practice as they tackle math problems to become a better mathematician (and better problem solver!). This list is not my own, it's actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my Keep Reading...

## How Learning to Code Can Improve Math Skills

Even though the basics of computer science (such as binary) are built on top of math principles, the learner doesn’t necessarily need to be an expert in math to learn how to code. But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, learning to code can improve math skills. In this article, we'll explore some basics of computer coding, and why learning coding skills can deepen mathematical thinking skills. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Add & Subtract Integers: Real Life Lesson

There are so many ways we see and use integers in the real world. We even add and subtract integers all the time, though we might not realize it. So even though teaching how to add & subtract integers might sound scary to both teacher and student, there are actually ways to introduce this in real and meaningful ways. This post includes a real life lesson you can use to add & subtract integers and help kids see the "rules" before you Keep Reading...

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