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} Number Talk Planning Pages

I believe one of the best routines you can include in your math classroom are number talks. Number talks give kids a chance to think deeply about math operations, come up with their own strategies and justify their thinking. These are all important parts of the math learning process. And so with just 10-15 minutes a day, you can see tremendous growth over time! So I hope this set of number talk planning pages enables you to incorporate this 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...

## Grow a Christmas Tree Farm! {FREE Math Game}

It's no secret that I love literature based learning. And while it might seem obvious to use literature to teach reading, comprehension and grammar, I think it's just as useful and engaging to use literature to teach and explore math! And so, at this time of year, when we are reading stacks and stacks of Christmas books, I'm constantly looking for ways to incorporate math into our holiday festivities. Today I'm sharing a Christmas Tree Farm math Keep Reading...

## Increase “Math Talk” with Your Kids {It’s Not as Scary as it Sounds!}

If you have children, you likely spent much of their early years talking to them and reading to them. Encouraging language development comes so naturally to the new mom. We repeat words, point out words and pictures, try to get our kids to repeat words, etc. I (and possibly many of you) even taught my kids some basic sign language so that they could communicate before they were able to verbalize their needs. We seem to know, without question, Keep Reading...