Probably one of the most important formulas for students to know, remember and feel confident using is the Pythagorean theorem. I always like to introduce it in a fun, hands on way to make sure kids understand the meaning before I present a formal definition. But then, kids need lots of practice. And since mindlessly solving problems for a or b or c with no context gets tedious and boring, why not practice with these Pythagorean Theorem Word Keep Reading...

## 20+ Engaging Math Tasks That Promote a Growth Mindset

In our culture, we are bombarded with messages implying that some people are good at math and some people aren't. There's this notion that some people have that elusive "math gene" and some people don't. Overcoming these negative attitudes and baggage to encourage kids that they can in fact learn and enjoy math and there is actually no such thing as a "math person," is a challenge. But more and more research is showing up that kids with a growth Keep Reading...

## Real World Pythagorean Theorem Practice {FREE}

When I was a classroom teacher, my philosophy for my students was "memorize as little as possible." That may sound shocking if you are of the opinion that kids need to memorize all sorts of math facts and formulas to be successful, but it's what my high school calculus teacher taught us, and it's how I successfully earned a college degree in mathematics. Now, that is not to say that nothing needs to be memorized. There are a handful of things Keep Reading...

## How to REALLY Help Kids Solve Math Word Problems

Recently, I was working on multiplying and dividing by 2 with one of my kids. A constant refrain was, "What does multiply mean?" or "But remember, what does that division sign represent?" As they started to grapple with these concepts and play with manipulatives and pictures and equations, I tried to make sure we always came back to the why. But why are you counting by 2's to get the answer? And why are we splitting our set into groups of 2? Keep Reading...

## Analyzing Data Worksheet for Middle and High School

Do you struggle to find good examples of data to help your students learn and practice data analysis skills? The struggle is real! A data analysis lesson can encompass a lot of things, and depending on the data set, can be overwhelming for students. But in the real world, this is an important math skill, as we're bombarded with information and data all the time. So I hope today's data analysis worksheet (part of my Math+Technology series) Keep Reading...

## What’s For Lunch? An Engaging, Real Life Math Lesson {FREE}

"Why are we learning this?" Have you ever heard this from your students? If you teach math, I'd be surprised if you haven't. It can be challenging to create a math lesson that students can see the relevance in and that uses/teaches skills they need to know. But it is possible. In fact, I created one just for Math Geek Mama Readers. Help kids learn and understand math in a real world context with this add and subtract decimals Keep Reading...

## Christmas Shopping: Money Math Practice {FREE}

Christmas is coming up fast, and for a lot of us that means one thing: shopping. There's always so much to buy and so many people to shop for! While this can be the cause of stress, I hope you will also use it as an opportunity to teach your kids about money. Today as part of my "12 Days of Christmas Printables" series, I'm sharing some simple Christmas-themed money math worksheets. *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to the weekly round up of the best math teaching resources from around the web! Each week, find a collection of free lessons, games and worksheets for grades K-12. Do you have a fun and FREE math resource to share with other educators? Send me a link so I can share it here! Kindergarten-2nd Grade: I love this adorable number recognition game from This Reading Mama! Learning the numbers beyond 10 can be so tricky for some kids. Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up

Welcome to the weekly round up of FREE math teaching resources here at Math Geek Mama! Every week I share a handful of my favorite freebies from around the web for grades K-12. I hope you find some great ideas and resources for your home or classroom! Do you have a freebie to share with other educators? Send me a link so I can share it here! Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Work on area and perimeter with cheese crackers! This is such a cute Keep Reading...

## Silver Dollar Diner: FREE Money Math Pack

One of the last things I did with my kids before we officially began our summer break was review money. This was my son's first exposure, so I taught him each of the coins and their denomination, and began to teach him how to add coins (using some of the books in this post and play money). For my daughter, this meant putting her knowledge of money values to work. To help her practice finding the total, and work through real life examples, I Keep Reading...