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Simple Number Sense Activity

 on April 1, 2014

The last time I found myself standing next to a preschool-aged child, I reached my hand deep into my pocket, and grabbed several pennies. 

I showed Connor the pennies and asked him to count them.  He got to touch them and even pick them up.  I then asked him, again, how many pennies he saw in my palm.

He told me:  7 pennies

It was then that I asked him to close his eyes while I secretly removed a penny.

Easter Egg Multiplication

 on March 25, 2014

Easter Egg Multiplication is a fun and low prep way to have your students practice their multiplication facts.

All you will need is a 10-12 plastic Easter eggs, an egg tray, printed out numbers and a pencil and paper.

You can find plastic deviled egg trays at the dollar store or Walmart every spring. They are great for math centers all throughout the year!

Egg Carton Word Problems

 on March 25, 2014

To give my daughters a different look at Math,  I am including more analytical questions, and problems that require multiple steps. These photos should give them a good start.  Here is a free PDF which includes the photos shown below for use in your classroom!  You may print off, use, and share as you like. 

Garden Patch Fractions

 on March 13, 2014

March winds blow, reminding us it's Spring.  Are your children gazing longingly out the window, dreaming of warm weather?  It's time to think about tilling soil, planting seeds, and preparing for a full harvest, but there is also much to learn before summer break.  Why don't you go ahead and bring the spring weather indoors and make it a part of your math practice with this FREE PDF

Fun Math Lesson: Can Your Shoe Size Tell Your Age?

 on March 4, 2014

I was searching for fun math tricks to show students and came across lots of fun ideas. I was a pinning mad women!

All of our math tricks can be found on our Multiplication.com Pinterest board called, Math Tips, Tricks and Fun.

I thought this particular trick would be fun to do with a class. I found it here.

This activity combines multiplication, addition and subtraction.

And I am pretty sure your students will be "wow'd" by their answer!

St. Patrick's Day: Multi-Step Word Problems

 on February 23, 2014

It's valuable to hand a student a pencil every now and again, and invite him to be teacher for the moment. When a child is forced to think outside the perimeter of the listening chair and is invited to create, learning is achieved at a higher level.  That is what you will do when you engage students in this fun activity creating multi-step word problems for St. Patrick's Day!

FOR YOU:  A Free St. Patrick's Day PDF Word Problem Lesson Plan.

Fun with Tessellations

 on February 21, 2014

Anytime you can make math about your students, you should.  They like to know that in some crazy way they are a part of this big world, and that Math does pertain to them after all!

Take this fun tessellation project, for example.

All you need is a camera, photo paper, scissors, tape, plain paper, pencils and crayons and your students can make a one-of-a-kind piece of math art!

First off, here are some math words you should know:

Best Bulletin Board Instagram Photo Contest

 on February 16, 2014

I think each of us can think back and remember that special teacher who touched our lives and sparked our interest to learn, and to pursue our dreams.

Some for their humor, some for pushing to us to our potential when it was hard and some for the way they really care for each student.  The list could go on and on!

Thank you teachers for your hard work and dedication to education!

Valentine Multiplication Free Download!

 on February 4, 2014

Let's face it, sometimes practicing multiplication facts over and over again during the school day can get pretty boring for students!

Why not add a little color and fun?!?!?

I love this Freebie I found over at Debbie's Dabblings

The students solve and check all of the completed multiplication problems and then are asked to color in the correct answers red.

Whip-It-Up Wednesday: Sugar Cookies and a Math Array

 on February 4, 2014

Who says you can't learn to love to cook?!

I love to cook and hey--cooking is math. Therefore, I conclude, "one who loves to cook, loves math"!

With Valentines around the corner it is a guarantee of a classroom party in your future. 

Make these delicious sugar cookies for your kids Valentine's class party. 

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