I distinctly remember the week in 7th grade pre-algebra that was spent learning and (supposedly) understanding the distributive property. I remember this week so vividly because, for some reason, it made NO sense to me. None. At. All. Eventually I understood what it meant, and how to use it and apply it in the wonderful world of Algebra and solving equations and working with expressions. But I never forgot how confusing and nonsensical it Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to the weekly math freebie round up here at Math Geek Mama! Every week I share the best math teaching resources, always FREE! Hope you find something useful! :) Kindergarten-2nd: Want a fun and easy way for your kids to practice telling time? Try this super easy print and play game from The Measured Mom! {I actually used this just yesterday at my Summer Math Camp and it was a hit! More details coming soon!} Perfect for summer, Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Happy 4th of July and welcome to the weekly round up of some of the best math teaching resources around the web! I try to find games, activities and teaching resources that will make math fun and engaging, no matter what grade you teach! I hope you find something useful! Kindergarten-2nd: I love this cute activity form Primary Inspiration to work on sums of ten! It's easy to put together and could be used for lots of things! Count 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...

## The King’s Chessboard Problem {Free Printables!}

Today's math story problem is a classic problem that is seen in the book: The King's Chessboard by David Birch Similar to The Lion's Share, this classic folktale teaches important lessons on character and the dangers of pride, while also presenting a fascinating mathematical problem. When a King forces the wise man to choose a reward for his service, the man says he simply wants one grain of rice for the first square on the chessboard, then Keep Reading...

## Integer Practice: Fun {Free!} Math Game!

Looking for a simple and fun way to practice integer operations? These adorable Peeps Matching Cards can be used for a variety of games to help kids practice adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* Could your students use some extra practice adding and subtracting integers this spring? This Easter Peeps themed Keep Reading...

## Help Kids Make Sense of Algebra Vocabulary: FREE Guided Notes

Some of the most common errors I have seen teaching algebra occur because students simply cannot accurately "translate" words into mathematical models, or because they do not understand math "jargon" such as evaluate or simplify. I think this problem could easily be avoided, however, if one or two days were spent focusing on these skills. We cannot expect students to walk into class with a clear understanding of "math words" if they were never Keep Reading...

## Quadratic Equations Project (with FREE printables!)

One of the best ways to really learn something so that it sticks with you is to teach it to someone else. Giving students a project that gets them thinking through a mathematical process and allows them to express their creative side is always a win-win! The following example involves solving quadratic equations. A skill in Algebra that, while important, can very easily become boring and meaningless. And while I believe it is always helpful Keep Reading...