There are so many steps to teaching multiplication. It starts with understanding what multiplication is (area or arrays), moves into learning the math facts, and proceeds into conquering two digit and three digit multiplication. There is a step that I often skipped as a classroom teacher: properties of multiplication. *This is a guest post from Rachel of You've Got This Math. Teaching the Properties of Multiplication: As a teacher, 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...

## Simple Multi Digit Multiplication Game {FREE}

Multiplying two digit and three digit numbers! There are a lot of steps. It can be quite confusing! And it requires a ton of practice for many students to master. But no student wants to spend hours practicing multiplying two digit numbers over and over. We don't want that for our kiddos either, so here is a fun multi digit multiplication game that gets children practicing multiplying two and three digit numbers. *Please Note: This post Keep Reading...

## Teaching Integer Multiplication {FREE Graphing Calculator Activity}

Helping kids make sense of integer operations can be such a challenge. As a classroom teacher, I struggled to find ways to help my students remember. I didn't want them to simply memorize rules, formulas or tricks. I wanted to them to really understand. So I looked for ways to do just that. This integer multiplication activity will help your students discover important properties, and observe patterns with the help of their graphing Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Large Numbers with a Table: Building Number Sense

I remember the first time that I was introduced to using tables for multiplying large numbers, division and more. Prior to that, my experience with tables included reading them, interpreting them, and graphing them. Pretty straight forward stuff that most Algebra students experience. Yet here I was, in a class for math teachers, looking at a table that was clearly written by a 2nd grader. I don't mean to say that the handwriting was so bad Keep Reading...

## Multiplying Mixed Numbers Activity {FREE Puzzles}

To be completely honest, I used to dread it. Teaching multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers could become messy business. The steps were numerous, and one little mistake guarantees that the problem will be wrong. That all changed when I learned how to model multiplying mixed number by mixed numbers. This abstract concept now made sense to me, and I could help my children visualize it too. This once tedious process, became fun as we drew out Keep Reading...

## Christmas Multiplication Challenge {FREE}

Today for my "12 Days of Christmas Printables" post, I want to share a fun and easy way to practice those multiplication facts. This cool multiplication game is a little bit different because rather than requiring kids to solve the multiplication problem, they have to give the missing factor. This is a great way to reinforce their knowledge of the multiplication tables, increase fluency, as well as prepare them for division. Plus, there are Keep Reading...

## Simple Strategy to Teach Multi-Digit Multiplication

Your student is sitting at the dining room table. He’s supposed to be doing his math assignment. Instead, he’s doodling his hate for the subject in the margins. He’s already tried multiplying 52x28 but keeps getting the wrong answer. You’ve tried explaining it. Multiple times. But to no avail. He has given up and you’re about ready to join him. You start thinking, maybe it’s not that important. Maybe I should just get out the Keep Reading...

## October Problem of the Day Calendar {FREE}

The leaves are falling and my kids are ready for all things pumpkin! I love this time of year so much, and I think I'm as excited as they are about picking out and decorating pumpkins as they are (and maybe enjoying a pumpkin spice latte!). I'm also excited to share my pumpkin-themed math problem of the day calendar for October! If you're looking for easy, no prep daily math review, look no further my friend. *Please Note: Some of the links Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up

Welcome to the weekly collection of fun and free math teaching resources! Each week I share my favorite teaching resources from around the web for grades K-12. Do you have a great freebie that other educators would love? Send me a link so I can share it here! :) Kindergarten-2nd Grade: I love these cute counting and counting on cards from Playdough to Plato! My daughter loves anything that allows her to draw and interact, so I know she Keep Reading...

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