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 page presents a math problem that requires addition. Each could be solved simply by counting the appropriate objects, but the point of each puzzle is to try and find a way to make the problem quicker and easier. Using silly rhymes and Keep Reading...

## Summer Math Camp: Multiplication!

I am SO excited to share with you week two of my Summer Math Camp! I am focusing on reinforcing and practicing important third grade math skills, and sharing all the details and freebies with you! Here's everything we started with in week one, in case you missed it. Hopefully the ideas and resources in this post will be helpful for multiplication for 3rd grade, or some easy ways to review if you teach 4th or 5th grade. This week I wanted Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round Up!

Welcome to my weekly round up of fun math teaching freebies! I hope you will find something useful, and if not, let me know! Kindergarten-2nd: One of the best and easiest resources for teaching math in the early years is a hundreds chart! This free download is available in 5 different colors! If you have some beads lying around, let your kids practice making patterns! This is such a great hands-on activity that would definitely Keep Reading...

## Sometimes Quality is More Important than Quantity

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc {text added} When I was student teaching, one of the classes I taught in was an honors 8th grade pre-algebra class. It was a fun group, and I really enjoyed working with that teacher, but the thing that sticks out the most is the day we spent the entire class period working on one problem. Yup, forty-five minutes, one problem. At the time, I was shocked that the teacher would spend so Keep Reading...

## {FREE} System of Equations Logic Puzzles!

The subject of systems of linear equations is very intimidating to most students. Especially if they have struggled to solve a single equation! It doesn't have to be scary though. I would introduce systems of equations with simple and fun puzzle challenges to ease kids in. System of Equations Activity: To help show my students that systems of equations are not all that scary, and actually quite doable, I would start by giving them a Keep Reading...

## Problem Solving by Drawing a Picture

I am a very visual learner. Whenever I am facing a word problem of any kind, my initial reaction is to draw a picture. Even if it is a fairly simple problem and I think I already know how to solve it (or even already know the answer), I will almost always still draw a picture. While this is an especially useful strategy for visual learners, I believe that problem solving by drawing a picture can be helpful for any student! Maybe I'm drawn to Keep Reading...

## The King’s Chessboard Problem {Free Printables!}

Today's math story problem is a classic problem that is seen in the book: The King's Chessboard by David Birch Similar to The Lion's Share, this classic folktale teaches important lessons on character and the dangers of pride, while also presenting a fascinating mathematical problem. When a King forces the wise man to choose a reward for his service, the man says he simply wants one grain of rice for the first square on the chessboard, then Keep Reading...

## 4 Reasons Teaching Math Vocabulary is Vital

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc (Text added) There were many reasons why I opted to major in mathematics rather than history, art history, or English (although let’s be honest…I never really considered majoring in English.). One of the main reasons, however? Math doesn’t require reading and writing. Just numbers and problem solving. That was my thinking anyway, as I jumped into my freshman year. And to some extent, I Keep Reading...

## The Lion’s Share: Lessons and Printables!

I am SO excited to share my newest math story resource with you! If you have not already, please check out the book, The Lion's Share by Matthew McElligott. The Lion's Share It is a wonderfully simple and yet math packed story about a lion's hospitality and an ant's good manners. Not only will your kids explore exciting math (fractions, patterns and multiplication), they will learn an important lesson about the dangers of pride and Keep Reading...

## Math Myths Debunked: Math is Just a Set of Rules to Memorize

I’ve heard this myth in various forms from various people all my life. I’m sure you have too! And I’m sure in some classrooms {unfortunately} there is truth to it. But it doesn’t have to be this way! What is this math myth? “Math is just a boring set of rules and formulas to memorize.” Let me let you in on a little secret: Math is NOT just rules and formulas! And Math should not be learned (and I would argue cannot be learned in a Keep Reading...