addition, classroom ideas, elementary, games, kinesthetic learners, math, student engagement

New Year’s Math Fun!

Looking for something fun to do when you return from the Holiday Break? This New Year’s Math Scavenger Hunt is a great way to practice engage students while practicing math skills! Math Scavenger Hunts are perfect for guided math, whole class, centers or small groups! They are a great way to have students moving while working with a partner on…

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Christmas, fractions, guided math, hands on learning, holidays, math, multiplication, problem solving, student engagement, task cards, test prep

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…

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addition, Christmas, elementary, fractions, games, guided math, hands on learning, holidays, kinesthetic learners, math, measurement, multiplication, student engagement

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!…

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Christmas, classroom ideas, elementary, hands on learning, holidays, math, student engagement

Very Merry Classroom Ideas for December

Well, Thanksgiving break was a great time for relaxing and visiting with family and friends. But … Now we have to go back to school?  What on Earth will we do with these excited children while they count the days until their holiday break?  Here are some ideas to help you make the days/weeks leading up to the holiday break…

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games, math, middle school, student engagement

Games for Middle School Math

Who doesn’t love a fun game? Why not use games to help your middle school students stay engaged while they are practicing math concepts? Here are a few of my favorites: Exponent Match – students will match exponent notation with expanded notation and then solve the problem. Includes positive and negative base numbers with positive exponents. Equivalent Expressions Card Game…

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elementary, freebies, hands on learning, kinesthetic learners, math, place value, student engagement

5 Free Resources for Place Value

Looking for FREE place value resources? Well, here you are! These 5 free place value resources are terrific! 1.  Math Coach’s Corner has a free download for ten-frames and a great explanation of how to use the ten frames for place value understanding! 2.  Check out this free download with printable pages for decomposing and composing whole numbers. 3.  How…

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addition, elementary, hands on learning, kinesthetic learners, math, problem solving, student engagement

There are many ways to teach problem solving to elementary students. Most students are successful with a well structured problem solving plan.  However, we all have at least a few students who just don’t “get it” with regular classroom lessons. Working one on one or in small groups and applying well planned interventions helps these students find success.  Last week I shared my first three…

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