Multiplication can be a daunting concept for some students. But in my many years as a teacher I have learned that starting out with a discovery activity can help students to understand the process of multiplication and relieve some of the stress. I like to start off with a real world problem such as “Jessie has 4 plates of cookies.…

# Category: multiplication

## How to Have Fun When You Don’t Have Time for Fun!

Some of my favorite memories of my elementary school years involve making crafts and playing games! My favorite craft was making gingerbread scented salt dough ornaments! But, anyone who teaches in this day and age knows we don’t always have time to do the fun stuff, right! So, to make the most of the season I sneak in a little…

## Holiday Math Craftivities and Activities!

‘Tis the season to be jolly … but, if we are in school we still have math skills to teach and review! Here are some awesome Holiday Math Craftivities and Activities to help your students have fun while still learning! Have your students measure and cut strips of paper in specific lengths and use the strips to make Christmas Trees!…

## Math Ideas for Turkey Time!

Well, I am a bit behind on posting, but I have a good excuse! I have been working on some new resources for November! I finally uploaded my two new Thanksgiving themed games to TpT. The first one is a Word Problem Scavenger Hunt! Your students will get a chance to move around and work collaboratively with partners while solving…

## Awesome Math & Science Easter Activities

It is that time of year again! Time for jelly beans, eggs, bunnies and baskets! There are so many ways to use Easter excitement to keep your students engaged in classroom lessons. Here are some of my favorites from around the web: Math: One of my favorite activities this time of year is a Math Egg Hunt! Buy a…

## St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Fun!

Are your little leprechauns looking for a pot of gold? St. Patrick’s Day can be a lot of fun and also educational! Here are a few great ideas! Crafts!!! I absolutely love crafts for any occasion! Here are a few fun crafts for St. Patrick’s Day: Leprechaun Mask by Abc Creative Learning Paper Strip Shamrocks by Sugarbee Crafts Water Bottle Shamrock…

## Understanding Multiplication and Division in Word Problems

A few students usually have an intuition about the structure of the problems and just “get it” with out much help, but the majority of students need direct, systematic instruction paired with hands on or pictorial examples to really, truly, deeply, understand the difference between multiplication and division in word problems.

## Multiplication With Partial Products and Box Method

There are so many great ways to teach multi digit multiplication now! I remember being in school “way back when” and we learned one way, the only way, the standard algorithm. Now there are many other models for kids to work with, and most of them help build an understanding of mathematical relationships between numbers. Two methods I find to…

## Mastering Multiplication

Knowing multiplication facts help students see the patterns and relationships between numbers that are needed to be successful in other areas of math! Division, renaming fractions, and balancing equations are just a few examples where being able to recall facts quickly and correctly are extremely helpful! So what do you do as a teacher or a parent of upper elementary…

## 15 Terrific Back to School Bulletin Boards

Looking for bulletin board ideas for back to school? Look no further, I have 15 terrific bulletin boards for you to see! 1. The bright colors on this design are awesome against the black background and the students will love to see their names! What a way to welcome the kids to class! 2. This bubble gum machine would be…