As educators, we are always on the hunt for ways to engage our kids. What about math songs? Songs are often overlooked as teaching strategy. Why? In our quest for mastery of ALL the standards, singing songs can be viewed as juvenile or not schedule worthy. Not true! First, let's not ...

# Math Ideas

Are you looking for math ideas that you can use ASAP? Look no further! Search through the math ideas below.

## What To Do When Technology Fails During Your Math Lesson

How many of you have had major technology fails in your classroom? I know I have. There is so much that we can now do with technology. I remember when I started teaching, there were no interactive white boards or iPads. You were lucky if you had a couple of computers in your room for a computer ...

## 14 Math Read Alouds and Extension Ideas for Elementary Kids

Are you searching for an easy way to "hook" your kids into your newest math lesson? Or maybe you want to make a math concept more relatable. One of the first things that pops into my mind when I am brainstorming new ways to introduce a new math topic is: "Which book should I read?" Surprised? ...

## How to Make Your Kids Independent During Math Centers

Picture this. Your students working together in math workstations doing meaningful math work, while you do your teacher-led small group. How would that feel? Great, right? This can become your reality. One of the biggest problems that causes math centers to fail is the lack of consistency. This ...

## 8 Reasons to Start Using Math Games for Review NOW

Are you searching for a way to make math exciting to review? Or are you trying to explain to others why math games are not just play with no purpose? Look no further because there are numerous benefits for adding math games to your teaching toolkit. Math games are an effective instructional strategy ...

## 30 Ways to Make Math FUN for Elementary Kids

Making math fun can be seen as a challenge. But, I am here to say that is simply not true. There are many ways that we can make math engaging and fun for our kids. Here is The Ultimate List of Ways to Make Math Fun (and still educational): 1. Make It Hands-On Have you ever been in a workshop or ...

## 5 Ways to Have Fun With Math Name Tags

As you know, I am always trying to think of fun and interactive ways to teach math. I wrote a blog post a while ago about ways to make reviewing multiplication fun and one of the ideas was to buy "Hello My Name Is" name tag stickers and write equations on them. Then students would have to call each ...

## Pumpkin Math Investigations

Are you looking for new ideas for hands-on Fall math activities? Look no further, I have a great math activity just for you, Pumpkin Math Investigations! Using read-alouds to teach math concepts is a great way to engage our kids. One of my favorite Fall math books is How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? ...

## Fun Halloween Math Activities

Try out these fun Halloween themed math activities in your classroom. You can differentiate each one of these ideas and use them in your Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Webby Math Representations Use a web template and attach a string to it. Based on the level of your ...

## Mobile Math Task Cards for the Busy Teacher

Every minute of the instructional day is precious. There is never enough time to do it all! How can I help kids review math skills in a fun way, but still make sure they are learning? It has to be easy to implement and meaningful. These were some of the thoughts that ran through my mind and ...

## Rounding 101 – Number Lines, Games and More

Why is Rounding So Important? If you live in a state that uses math common core standards (3.NBT.1) or some variation, students are expected to know how to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, by the end of 3rd grade. Even though rounding is a standard, I often feel like ...

## 10 Ways to Teach Math Using Post It Notes

Let me start by saying, I love post-it notes! I can never have enough. I have plenty of them at school and home. We use post-it notes in our daily lives. Oftentimes, we use them to jot down notes or quick reminders. But today, I wanted to share how you can use them during your math ...

## Using Interactive Number Lines to Support Number Sense

Since the beginning of the school year, I've been thinking about ways to build number sense with my students. Check out my earlier post 3 Math Routines to Build Number Sense. I recently stumbled upon an idea about using number lines to help students better understand the relationship between ...

## Math Problem Solving 101

Have you ever given your students a money word problem where someone buys an item from a store, but your students come up with an answer where the person that bought the item ends up with more money than he or she came in with? Word problem solving is one of those things that many of our children ...

## 100th Day of School – 2015 Math Ideas

Can you believe that the 100th Day of School is upon us? In fact, for me it is Friday, January 16th. Need some quick ideas to help celebrate this milestone? Check out some of the hyperlinks below to discover new ways to engage your students on that day. Math Ideas from the ...