• 5 Fun Multiplication Activities That Will Reach All Learners

    Multiplication was always one of my favorite topics to teach in math. It’s also a very important concept that our students need to master. When I first started teaching, I thought that teaching multiplication was pretty boring. However, over time I’ve discovered many multiplication activities that make the concept more fun for not only the students, but the teachers, too! If you’re stumped on how to teach multiplication in a fun and exciting way, here are 5 multiplication activities that your students are sure to love. 1. Circles and Stars Circles and Stars is a fun multiplication game that helps students recognize multiplication as equal groups. To play, students simply…

  • 7 Fun Math Games for Kids Using Playing Cards

    Do you have a deck of playing cards in your classroom? If not, drive yourself down to Dollar Tree right now and buy the whole lot! A deck of cards is a necessity for every math class, and one of the easiest ways to add in fun learning activities. Playing cards are so versatile and can be used in so many ways! Today, I’m sharing with you 7 math games for kids using playing cards. Card games are perfect for those rare days where you find yourself with a spare 15 minutes and need a quick, no-prep activity. Having some of these math games in the back of your mind…

  • 5 Easy Early Finisher Activities Your Students Will Actually Like

    One thing I always struggled with as a teacher was keeping my fast finishers busy. This was by far the biggest issue with my classroom management – those who finished quickly would start talking and distracting others who were still working. This is because they either didn’t know what to do, or didn’t want to do it. I didn’t have engaging early finisher activities for them! My go to is always “read a book.” But not all students like reading or have a book on hand they’re interested in. Over time I’ve learned about the power of choice to help keep students engaged. If students have a choice of what…

  • This is Why You Need to Be Teaching Math Vocabulary

    Do you teach math vocabulary? If not, I have a story to tell you that may convince you otherwise. A few years ago I was speaking to the math specialist at my school. She told me that one time she had been in a first grade classroom where students were working on comparing numbers. The teacher had taught them the alligator trick – you know, the alligator always eats the biggest numbers. So the math specialist was going around the room talking to students, asking them about what they were learning. Almost every single student she talked to referred to the comparison symbol they were using as “the mouth.” “7…

  • How to Teach Place Value in a Fun Way

    Place value is one of my absolute favorite topics to teach in math. However, when I first started teaching, I had absolutely no clue how to teach place value. It seems easy enough, but it can certainly get pretty mundane and boring after awhile. Over my years of teaching, I found some pretty creative ways to make teaching place value way more fun for our students. I’m sharing 5 place value activities with you today that can help add a little something extra into your instruction. How to Teach Place Value Activity 1: Place Value Ring Toss View this post on Instagram A post shared by Math & Science 🍏…

  • Math Toolboxes: How to Make One For Your Students

    Math toolboxes are a game changer in my classroom. Once I made commonly used math materials readily available to my students, they took charge of their own learning. It was amazing! Using a math toolbox is a great way to teach your student independence and responsibility. And, they’re so easy to make! Here’s a peek at how I make and use math toolboxes in my classroom. What Are Math Toolboxes? A math toolbox is a small container filled with frequently used math manipulatives and reference materials for students to access. Math toolboxes can be made from small photo boxes, buckets, pencil boxes, or other containers. Why Use Math Toolboxes? As…

  • How to Integrate Writing in Math: 5 Creative Ways

    Writing is a skill that I would argue is one of the most important things that students master. Unfortunately, students do not get the practice they need with this skill in order to be successful. As teachers, we know how important it is to integrate content across different subjects. This can be really hard to do in a subject such as math. However, it is not impossible! Here are 5 creative ways you can integrate writing in math. Get Your Students Writing in Math 1. Use math writing prompts. Perhaps the simplest way to get students writing in math is by using math writing prompts. You can use these in…

  • Three End of Year Activities to Keep Students Engaged

    Happy June! While many of us (me! Hallelujah.) are already enjoying summer vacation, many other teachers still have a few weeks left with their students. *Moment of silence for these teachers* It can be hard to keep students interested at the end of the year, especially if testing is already over. And while it would be awesome to just show a movie everyday until the end of the school year, unfortunately most schools frown upon that… If you’re struggling to find end of the year activities for your class, here are three ideas I’ve used in the past that you may find helpful. 1. Have your students teach the class.…

  • 7 Creative Uses for Task Cards in the Classroom + FREEBIE

    Task cards. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I had absolutely no clue what those two words meant, and now everyone seems to be using them. And it’s no wonder why – task cards are low prep, easy to use, and so versatile! At first, I thought they were basically just flash cards. Wow, was I wrong! Of course, they can be used that way, but there are so many other ways to use task cards in the classroom as well! Over the last year, I’ve discovered numerous uses for task cards, and most of them are extremely low prep! If you’re looking for ways to engage your students…