One of my favorite math topics to teach is the Pythagorean Theorem. I love how practical it is and how (usually) straightforward it is once you understand what the formula means. This is key though--students must begin by understanding what a, b, and c represent and how they relate to each other. Otherwise, the formula is just meaningless letters and solving problems becomes mere guesswork. I love to introduce it with something concrete such as Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Track the Weather: Tally, Count & Graph Activity

Looking for a way to combine math & science? Explore the weather and practice skills such as tally marks, counting, graphing and more with this free weather graphing activity for grades K-2. Do you have a daily calendar time with your students? Or do you teach a unit on weather and different types of weather, seasons or clouds? This simple math activity is sure to fit right in and engage your kids in meaningful, real life math. And Keep Reading...

## Virtual Math Scavenger Hunt: Learn About Math in Nature

This simple virtual math scavenger hunt includes everything your kids need to research and learn about math in nature, using the links provided. As a classroom teacher, I was occasionally given computer lab days. This was quite a long time ago, and there were not as many online games and interactive lessons at the time, so we would sometimes use these days to complete a 'webquest.' A webquest was essentially an online scavenger hunt, and my 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...

## {FREE} Cupcake Shop: Money Math Problems

Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to teach and practice money math skills with your kids? Look no further! This cupcake shop set of money math problems will help kids practice adding money and learn real life math skills. Plus, they'll get an introduction to adding decimals as they see different money combinations and find the total cost of each cupcake. You could even extend this lesson by baking cupcakes of your own and practicing Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Multiplying Decimals Word Problems Set

Whether our kids want to admit it or not, decimals are a part of our everyday life. And it's important that they feel confident doing basic computations with decimals. Even if they start to use a calculator, they still need to understand how to rightly apply operations with decimals to solve real world problems. If they don't know whether to multiply or add, using a calculator isn't going to help. So I hope this free set of multiplying decimals 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...

## {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...

## {FREE} Pythagorean Theorem Word Problems Task Cards

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...

## 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...