What if I could harness all the power of those numbers and have my students see them to and then do mental math every time? For example, if they are on the elevator and see a number, they could … [Read more...]

## Quick and Easy Triangle Sort

This is a quick and fun group activity to introduce your class to different types of triangles. Materials needed: Construction paper (one sheet per student and a different color per student so … [Read more...]

## Student Created Math Dictionaries

I like giving my students a chance to summarize our learning in a meaningful way. At the beginning of the year I give each student a spiral bound blank dictionary. As we finish up a math topic, we … [Read more...]

## Real Life Area Project – Ms. Terra Cotta Tile Company

I like to make math as real as possible. My 4-5th graders are studying geometry and most recently area and perimeter. Here is a fun and real activity that is a tradition in my class that my new … [Read more...]

## Place Value – What Comes Next?

I spend a lot of time teaching Place Value. Typically we focus on ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands in 2-3rd grade. But I like to challenge them to go beyond. So they made a ten thousand bar (see my … [Read more...]