Looking for fun, unique, hands on way to introduce and explore measures of center? This FREE mean median & mode lesson uses pennies to analyze and compare measures of center. Gathering data and then knowing how best to analyze and summarize that data is an important mathematical skill. In this lesson, students use a handful of pennies to explore different measures of center (mean, median and mode) and discuss what might be the best for Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Problem Solving Challenges based on “The Grapes of Math”

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} Multiply by Multiples of 10 Grid Challenges

Could your kids use some practice with multiplying large numbers? These fun grids provide a great visual and kids will love the challenge of this set to multiply by multiples of 10. Sometimes it is fun to get in some math work with low prep practice that includes a little bit of logic involved. This simple set will help kids see how to multiply by multiples of ten, but with a fun little twist. Because who wants to do a boring worksheet? Keep Reading...

## Simple Daily Math Warm-Ups to Build Number Sense

Looking for a way to start math each day to get kids' brains working and also build number sense and problem solving skills? Here are simple, daily math warm-ups you can implement in 10-15 minutes. When I was in school, most of my middle and high school classes had a daily 'math warm up' time to get us going. The drill was simple: come to class, get out a blank piece of paper and answer the 5 math problems on the chalkboard. Was this helpful? Keep Reading...

## {FREE} Mental Math Challenge for Kids: Exercise Your Brain!

Looking for a unique and fun mental math challenge for your kids to build number sense? This activity is easy to differentiate with multiple levels and the open ended design. How fluent are your kids with math facts and computation skills? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind when schools are closed? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be 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} 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...

## 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...

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