Want to encourage meaningful math talk and problem solving? Try these playful problem solving challenges based on the book The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang! One of my favorite books is the New York Times Bestseller, The Grapes Of Math by Greg Tang. This hilarious and interactive tale invites students to think outside the box to tackle wacky math riddles. Each challenge encourages new ways to see quantities and count objects. It invites kids to 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} Lemonade Stand Word Problems for Grades 2-4

Looking for more practice with math story problems? This set of problems uses the idea of creating a lemonade stand to sell lemonade as the basis for the problems. Understanding word problems (and understanding what the question is asking) and then knowing how to appropriately solve them is a challenge for many kids. Give them some extra practice with these Lemonade Stand Word Problems for grades 3-5! *Please note: This post includes Keep Reading...

## How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? Fall Estimation Fun!

Estimation is a tricky concept, and one that is often not covered at great length in school. And while I love teaching through the use of math story books, there are not a lot of resources that I've found that cover estimation. I do love, however, the book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin, by Margaret McNamara. In this story, kids explore estimation as well as counting techniques, so I decided this was the perfect excuse for not only some pumpkin seed Keep Reading...

## Fun Ways to Engage in Math Learning this Summer

Ahhh, summer. A time for vacations and catching fireflies, trips to the pool and firing up the grill. While there are probably endless images and activities that come to mind when you think of summer, I'm willing to bet that doing math just isn't one of them. But the truth is, for most students, summer is a time when all the important math skills they worked so hard to learn throughout the year are completely lost. So here are some SUPER Keep Reading...

## Easy Christmas Tree Symmetry Craft!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! But it's also that time of year when young minds are consumed with anything and everything but schoolwork. Whether you are a classroom teacher or a homeschool parent, you likely sympathize with my struggle to enjoy the holidays and make sure we're doing lots of fun activities, while also sneaking in lots of good learning. Thankfully, December is the perfect time to take a break from the norm and to weave Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to this week's round up of awesome math teaching freebies! It's been a crazy week at my house, but I tried to find a little something for everyone! If you have a free math resource you'd like me to share, send me a link to your site! Kindergarten-2nd Grade: This set of task cards would be perfect to review some math skills before Thanksgiving break! It covers an assortment of math concepts, with a fun Thanksgiving theme! Is it Keep Reading...

## Skittles Count and Compare! {FREE Printable Pack}

As kids begin to learn their numbers and count and understand cardinality (the number of items in a set), they will then be able to compare things. This becomes evident early on if you have more than one child, because they are quick to notice if brother or sister "has more than me!" While serving as referee in those sibling squabbles over more or less is not fun, this is an important math concept to master! And it starts with hands-on visuals Keep Reading...

## Fall Addition Facts Practice! {FREE Printables!}

One of the earliest math concepts students learn is addition. This is an important concept for so many reasons! A strong foundation with addition and fact fluency will pave the way for students to understand subtraction, multiplication and more! And while there are many strategies for helping kids understand and learn addition facts, one that I have been spending a lot of time on with my daughter is number bonds. And although we have started to Keep Reading...

## Solving Problems Using Guess and Check

Welcome to the last week in my series on problem solving strategies! There are so many different ways to approach math word problems, but it’s important that we share these various methods with kids so that they can be equipped to tackle them! This week I’m explaining a strategy that doesn’t sound overly mathematical, but can be extremely useful when done properly: solving problems using guess and check! As with the other strategies I’ve Keep Reading...

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