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:
One of my favorite activities this time of year is a Math Egg Hunt! Buy a bunch of plastic eggs and stick problems inside the eggs. Hide the eggs around the room. Give your students a record sheet or a piece of notebook paper and let them hunt and solve math problems. Print your own problems or get mine FREE here.
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!
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 Stamp by Crafty Morning
I guess it is no secret! I also love Math!
Lucky Charms Graph by How to Homeschool My Child
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by One Sharp Bunch
March Math Freebie by ME!
And just for fun …
St. Patrick’s Day Joke Cootie Catcher by Bren Did
Leprechaun Poop by Penny Pinchin Mom
So, the fun and games of learning how to make arrays, skip counting on number lines and using models to solve multiplication problems has lead to the equally exciting task of solving division problems. Everyone seems to be making great progress and making meaning of multiplication and division in real world problems, UNTIL … wait for it … wait for it … We mix the two together!
And here the real “fun” begins … 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. But where can we start? Continue reading
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 be helpful are the “Box Method” and the “Partial Products Method.” Eventually students move on to the standard algorithm (“old school”) and the partial products/box methods help them to understand the steps! Continue reading
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 or older students who have not mastered the multiplication facts? Here are 7 tips to help make multiplication practice less stressful! Continue reading
Guess what?!? It’s time to get ready to go back to school! Here in my little world we have less than 2 weeks left until the kids are back in school!
If you are a parent looking for something to use to help our kids brush up on Math Skills before the school year stats off, I have something perfect for you! If you are a teacher looking for classroom work to help get your students back into gear, I also have something for you! Continue reading