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...

## Number Detectives: Addition and Subtraction Challenge Problems

How comfortable are your kids with basic addition & subtraction? How many different ways or visuals can they use to solve a problem? If you feel like your kids need a little more practice to become confident and fluent, don't resort to boring worksheets. Try the Number Detectives Challenge instead! This engaging activity will provide addition and subtraction challenge problems for kids in kindergarten, first grade or second grade. But even 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...

## Hands On Adding Fractions Game for Kids

Do you dread teaching adding fractions with unlike denominators? Does the thought of working on mixed numbers make you frown? Well, it doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to be boring. In fact, with a little practice, your children can be adding fractions without pencil and paper. Normally, I would say that games are a great way to practice and review skills. But this adding fractions game is a little different. It is designed to allow Keep Reading...

## Prime and Composite Numbers Worksheets: {FREE} Activity Pack

Did you know that Cicadas base their life on prime numbers? They only hatch at intervals of 13 and 17 years...which are both prime numbers. It is an odd fact, but interesting to note that prime and composite numbers can be found in other areas besides a math classroom. And today we are going to look at these interesting numbers with this set of prime and composite numbers worksheets! This is a guest post from Rachel at You've Got This Keep Reading...

## 100th Day of School STEM Activities for K-6 {FREE!}

Are you quickly approaching your 100th day of school? This is a fun and exciting milestone in the school year, and for the first time as a homeschool mom I'm celebrating with my kids. I've been gathering tons of fun ideas to get out of our normal routine, while still learning important skills. I also created a STEM challenge especially for my kiddos who are in kindergarten, first grade and second grade because I wanted something they could all do 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...

## Geoboard Activity Cards {FREE Geometry Challenge}

My sister does not know what a geoboard is. I was purging my homeschool supplies when I found I had not one, but 5 geoboards. 5! Why do I have 5? So I thought I would ask younger sis if she wanted one or two for her girls. And she looked at me blankly. We went through the same school system and yet I know what a geoboard is and she doesn't. How? Did they change math in-between teaching me and her? Probably. I even showed it to her and still Keep Reading...

## Awesome Summer STEM Activities for Middle School

Summer is almost here. I can almost hear the children running home so excited for summer break. That is until a mere two weeks later and boredom has set in. To get a head start on summer boredom, I scoured the internet looking for simple, no prep Summer STEM activities to do when boredom sets in. And I'm sharing my list with you! Not just that, but I am also giving you a quick run down of what the activity involves and some ideas on how to change Keep Reading...

## Hands-On Area of a Circle Activity {FREE}

Welcome to the last day of my Math+Technology Series! I've shared a variety of free math lessons for middle and high school which incorporate graphing calculators in a meaningful way. Today I'm going to share a fun Geometry investigation, which is a combination of hands-on exploring and technology. This area of a circle activity is a great way for kids to better understand the formula. Plus, it's hands-on and can be used as a springboard for Keep Reading...