### Fraction Talk...What Equals One?

Posted on Oct 28, 2017 under , , ,

Some kids have trouble with fractions that equal one. They may be baffled as to why a fraction such as 5/5 equals one and the function it serves in a mixed fraction.  Check

out these free anchor charts that may help with this problem.

### Oh, the things you can do with those dots and squares games!

Posted on May 22, 2017

How do the old dots and squares games support learning for students? There's a multitude of ways! Find tips on how to make these and 3 completed sample games here!

### Apple Interactive Notebook Math Facts Non-Flashcards

Posted on May 12, 2017

Need some quick and easy flashcards that won't get lost? Glue these down in those interactive notebooks. Free for you.

### Expository Writing and Videos

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

Have you noticed the unbelievable number of free tutorials on the internet? These could be used to help kids write better expository "works". Read about this idea here!

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

Take a look at these wonderful Christmas gift catalogs. Specifically for Kids and teachers.

### Pokemon Hidden Pictures Multiplication Puzzles- Penny-Pinching Educational Products

Posted on Sep 02, 2016

Pokemon Hidden Pictures Multiplication Puzzles are a sure fire way to get the kids to practice and learn the multiplication facts. Don't let this product go! You gotta catch this one!

### Flipping Flapjacks for Multiplication

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 under ,

This fun movement and math activity provides lots of "hands-on" practice in multiplication. Multiplication memory becomes a reality! If you want your kids to memorize the multiplication facts, here's a way to get them to do so!

### Flip Flap Domino Subtraction Cards

Posted on Aug 18, 2016

Teaching subtraction? Take this hands on approach and your students will learn the concept and the facts in no time!

### Place Value Splash

Posted on Jul 06, 2016 under ,

A free place value game that will keep your kids cool and ready for school. Can be modified for other number activities.

### Summertime Paper-less Ways to Maintain Math Skills Math Tip Monday

Posted on Jun 06, 2016 under

Don't let your child get sucked into the summer slide. There are lots of activities that can be done to reinforce/maintain math skills that DON'T involve

a computer or paper and pencils. Here are some fun learning activities you can use on the go and outdoors! These will keep skills sharp while making the

most of summertime opportunities!

### Lots of math & science songs

Posted on May 29, 2016 under ,

Math and Science songs for your kids.

### Math Tip Monday On the Move with Money

Posted on May 09, 2016 under ,

This fun activity is a game-like way to learn coin recognition and coin values. It's also a hand on "probability" exercise to find out how many different coin combinations make 100 (\$1.00).  Reference chart of coins, task cards, directions, and extension suggestions are all here for you ....and it doesn't cost you a penny!

### Action Poem for Positional Words

Posted on May 05, 2016 under ,

Here's a freebie for you: an adorable movement poem for the position words bottom, middle, top, and an anchor chart to demonstrate this concept. Thanks for visiting. While here, take a look at my website about the "Color Coded Multiplication" program. Not "color by number" like the days of yore! It's a lot more and is based on nuerological fundamentals.

### "Board-less" Indoor Classroom Games

Posted on Apr 18, 2016

The only props you need for these classroom games are brains!

### Customary Units of Measue & Custom-Made Units of Measure for Math Tip Monday

Posted on Apr 08, 2016

Here's the latest addition to the Math Tip Monday series! Join me and many others to find some great ideas and advice on teaching measurement. Read my post here, then to see others, go to:

### Lucky Numbers for March Math

Posted on Mar 09, 2016 under ,

Math Tip Monday March Math Activity is ideal for K-8. Yes!! It's a very flexible activity that can be easily modified for all of these grades. It provides practice with number sense, counting, and computing with basic operations including fractions and decimals if you want. Use of 100 charts, counters, number lines can be used by younger students for this activity. It's yours for free...download away!

### Re-Purpose clear acrylic overhead projector sheets for Fraction Overlays

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 under ,

Smart boards have more or less replaced overhead projectors. If your school used these projectors in the past, do they still have the unused clear sheets in storage? One way to put them to good use would be to make them into see-through overlays. I made comparison pie fractions by drawing the fractional pies with different colored permanent markers on the clear sheets.

### Welcome Word Problems....Bring Them On! Thinking Blocks rocks!

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 under ,

Word problems are fun. With the right attitude and approach, we look forward to solving word problems! Thinking Blocks is one approach that really works.

### Penny Place Value and Snowball Fight

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 under ,

Snowed in? Let's have a snowball fight indoors!  Here's some terrific place value activities/games to help cure "cabin fever". Young and old can join in and have fun!

### Ordinal Number Housing Milk Carton Blocks

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 under ,

FREE templates for "house fronts" to make ordinal number apartment building and single residence house blocks. All you need are print-outs of the templates, crayons or colored pencils, scissors, glue, milk cartons. (pint and ½ pint sizes).

### Stained Glass Candy Ornaments for Decoration & Math

Posted on Dec 06, 2015 under ,

These ornaments are fun to make, they help with addition, and they are edible!

### No-Bake Muffin Pan Advent Calendar

Posted on Dec 04, 2015 under ,

Open this post to link to a video that shows how to make this simple muffin pan Advent calendar!

### Easiest Ever To Understand...Liquid Measurement Anchor Chart

Posted on Dec 02, 2015 under ,

Simple and direct liquid measurement chart with big pictures representing gallon, 1/2 gallons, quarts, pints, and cups. No kings, queens, robots, etc....just bottles within bottles. Get your free anchor chart here.

### Reading a Ruler to the Nearest 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 Inch

Posted on Dec 01, 2015 under ,

Measuring with a ruler to the nearest ¼, ½, ¾ can be tricky. This post comes with a video that shows how, a lesson, and some worksheets.

### Ordinal Numbers Go More Than One-Way

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 under ,

Ordinal numbers product has an apartment house, a department store elevator, kids in a row, a train, snowman parade and more to give your child an opportunity to sequence ordinal numbers in more than one way (instead of just left to right). Get some free sample pages here and get the whole thing at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ordinal-Numbers-Apartment-House-More-for-BottomTop-LeftRight-Front-Back-2230722.

### Math Story Problem Types Chart

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 under ,

Need help identifying different types of word problems so that the correct basic operation(s) could be applied to get the solution? This is the most complete list I've seen yet! It even gives you specific example word problems for each type. Use it as a poster, anchor chart, or for your own reference.

### Adding & Subtracting Autumn Leaves-Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 under

A favorite product that teaches basic addition and subtraction in the way children think...from the concrete use of manipulatives to 2-dimensional scaffolding with pictures/colors to the abstract computation consisting of symbols and numbers. A great way to get kids to understand these operations and really get to know the basic facts.

### Math Tip Monday Making It Equal Primary Grades

Posted on Nov 08, 2015 under

Here's some easy algebraic concepts with pictures only! So fun! Make and finish equations cut and paste. FREE

### Math Tip Monday Graphic organizer for Addition & Subtraction

Posted on Nov 07, 2015 under

Math Tip Monday. Operations and Algebraic Thinking. This graphic organizer can help students make sense of addition and subtraction word problems. Works especially well with part-part-whole examples.

### Math Tip Monday Odd and Even Play Odd Man Out

Posted on Nov 07, 2015 under

Math Tip Monday (November) Operations and Algebraic Thinking

A great way to introduce odd and even numbers! "Even" always has a partner...."odd" always has an odd man out. A simple little game, complete with colorful game sheet. Help yourself!

### The Main Attraction..Regrouping Addition Board!

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 under

This regrouping addition board has a lot of attraction for students and teachers! It's magnetic, hands-on, and easy to use as a demonstration board (great for small group work..hold up the board to show group how to manipulate parts and nothing will fall off) and as a student "work" board. Terrific way to reveal what's really happening when regrouping in addition.

### A New Topic for Halloween Graphing

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 under ,

Halloween Costume Math.....compare with graphs and fractions.

### Last minute Halloween costume.....transformer! Just like the movie!

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 under , ,

This is such creative genious! Decorate cardboard boxes, hinge them together, put a kid inside....and you've got a moving, changing Transformer. It's like the movie's main character came to life! See the photos here and get the link here to view the video. It's fantastic!

### One to One Count and Match to 10 Manipulative

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 under

### Counting One on One Mirror Activity

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 under

A 2-person collaborative mirrored counting activity which can be done teacher-student, tutor-student, paraprofessional-student, parent-child, older sibling-younger sibling, older student-younger student, skilled peer-unskilled peer. Simple manipulative that can be made from a sentence strip, counters, and velcro.

### Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math.... Education Week ...what do you think?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 under

"Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math": If math were music, mastering the basic concepts would be like learning scales and leading students through discussions

of open problems would be like playing songs.  Education Week

### Recycling in School

Posted on Sep 08, 2015 under ,

It's your choice! Many recycling projects and activities are listed in this We Are Teachers article. Recycle with Penny Pencil as well!

### Batmath

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 under

A funny and unique way to look at the use of parentheses in math.

### Bar Models and Math Word Problems

Posted on May 29, 2015 under

Mom is 28 years older than Zack.  Mom is 4 years younger than Dad.  Their total age is 84 years.  What is mom's age?

See how to solve this math word problem using a bar model.

### March 17 Math

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 under ,

Let your little leprechauns try their "thinking power" on this free practice sheet designed for St. Patrick's Day and math! Colorful challenging fun.

### Scaffolding to Success in the Color Coded Multiplication Program

Posted on Jan 09, 2015 under ,

Scaffolding is an excellent tool to use in reading as well as in math. The Color Coded Multiplication program uses a lot of scaffolding to help solidify memories of the multiplication facts. Color Cues, visual aids, whole-part-whole, riddles with clues are some scaffolds used, to name a few. Even our games are scaffolded! Scaffolds are eventually removed to help the progression of learning.

Included in this post is a great article about scaffolding once published in Edutopia.

### Color and Memorization..."Right on Cue, the Answers Come to You!"

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 under ,

Color is the CCM's "secret weapon". Read more about how color helps one to memorize the multiplication facts.

### Memorized Math Facts Effect PSAT Scores

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 under ,

Students who had the basic math facts memorized did better on the PSAT's than those who did not have the basic math facts memorized. We need to give more attention to teaching these. Balance out math programs with BOTH conceptual and foundational skills.

### Try this Math Without a Foundation in Basic Knowledge (from Misunderstood Minds)

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 under ,

Not having automaticity in recalling basic math facts could be a real obstacle in solving fraction problems or higher math problems. Try these excercises that are set up in a unique way so that you may experience problem solving without this foundational knowledge. Adults and children are invited to participate.It's pretty eye-opening!

### Number Cover Up Christmas Tree Craft

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 under , ,

A holiday craft and math lesson all in one. Create a contemporary looking Christmas tree with colored strips of paper. Designed for preschool-first grade. Number recognition, shapes, size perception, positions, hand-eye coordination.

### How Well Does Your Child Know the Multiplication Facts?

Posted on Nov 06, 2014 under

### Pencil Forest for Conservation and Measurement

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 under ,

Practice responsibility for possessions and the environment with the pencil forest! Use measurement and graphing to see the rate at which the pencils "shrink".

Will 1 pencil last a student for a month? Maybe...with care and conservation in mind. Recycling is involved too!

### Picnic Time Multiplication

Posted on Jul 09, 2014 under

### No Melt Ice Cream

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 under

No-melt ice cream multiplication is a sidewalk/driveway chalk activity. Comes with recipe for making sidewalk chalk.

### Beach Bowling Subtraction

Posted on May 23, 2014 under

Nature provides nearly all the tools needed to make a beach bowling alley! Sharpen bowling skills and subtraction skills on a sunny beautiful beach.

### Make Ten Sticks for Place Value Counting

Posted on Apr 02, 2014 under

### Give an opinion and get a free multiplication/division fact family worksheet

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 under

### Positively Potatoes Math Activities

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 under , ,

This is something different to do for March math (no leprechauns or pots of gold here) Or for any time of the year! These multiplication activities have an Irish theme---without the shamrocks!

### Snow-Mazing! A few amazing math and reading activities to do in the snow.

Posted on Feb 05, 2014 under

Get outside, get fresh air and excercise, have fun in the snow and do math and reading in a "snow-mazing" way. Practice whole number counting, math facts, positive/negative numbers, rotations, directionality, reading/comprehension, following directions, writing directions, map reading/making in the snow! We've got plenty of snow and time (days off because of snow), so let's make the best of it!

### Valentines Day Candy Cane Pizza

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 under ,

Make some fraction lessons using this fractional candy cane pizza. Also great to serve as a treat for a party.

### Snowball Stacker Numbers 1-60 Comparison Game

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 under

Compare numbers 1-60 with "snowball" buttons and manipulative comparison strips. Determine if numbers are greater than/less than, bigger/smaller, more/less, etc. Practice counting with the penguin who is making snowballs at the side of the skating rink!

### Santa's Subtraction Toy Sack

Posted on Dec 07, 2013 under

Help Santa with his shortage of presents! Here's some real hands-on subtraction and word problems to "act out".

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 under

Subtraction usually seems to get left out of the limelight. Addition seems to be far more popular. Here we are dedicating a game called Subtraction Dominoes to good old subtraction. Just to be fair, we did include Addition Dominoes. However, the subtraction game comes first!

### Thanksgiving Flip up Flashcards

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 under , ,

Flashcards don't have to be boring! They can even get you into the holiday mood. Have fun making and using these turkey and Indian flashcards. Knowledge is only a feather flap away.

### Nailing Down Area

Posted on Nov 08, 2013 under

Starting to teach area? Here are 2 great introductory activities.

### New Math Infographic-Puzzle Piece Predicament

Posted on Oct 23, 2013

What is truly the predicament of today's math? See if you can figure out the puzzle.

### New Product!!! Color Coded Array Cards Kit

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 under

Want your child to learn multiplication concepts while memorizing the math facts with our exclusive color code system? You got it! Click on this entry to see a cute ad. Then click on the "Purchase" tab to get it! Watch for our special sale of this product bundled with Part I, "Getting to Know the Color Code" of the CCM"! This sale event is going to happen real soon.

### Trick or Treat Down Skeleton Street-Halloween Addition

Posted on Oct 01, 2013 under , ,

Get into the Halloween spirit with addition. Fun, not scary. Good activity for grades K-2. A little hands on and pretending help students experience basic addition. Can be enacted as a whole class, small group, or with 2 individuals.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 under , ,

Using household items-paper plates and tiny buttons-plus a print out or screen shot of my graphic of a spiderweb are all the materials all you'll need to make this fun educational activity. Addition, addition facts, commutative property.

### The Kind of Math That Inspired Me To Create The Color Coded Multiplication program-click to see more

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 under ,

View this video for a demonstration of basic math done with traditional algorithms and with "new, progressive" strategies. Take a close look at the way math is being taught in many schools today. You'll understand why their math homework seems "foreign" to you. At least you will be able to take the mystery out of some of the math homework!

### Continued on from "On the Road to 100"-click to see more

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 under ,

Here is "On the Road to 100" chart.

### On the Road to 100-click to see more

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 under ,

Looking for a confusion-free and fun "count to 100" chart? The learner will "drive right through" this chart without encountering any "dead ends" on the road to 100.

### Multiplication Hop, Stop, and Drop-click to see more

Posted on Jun 04, 2013 under ,

Have summer fun! Do some movement and multiplication with these outdoor/indoor "whole body" games!

### Rise and Shine, Seeing Stars, Password-click to see more

Posted on May 17, 2013 under ,

Use these 3 painless, quick, and fun strategies to master multiplication facts.

### 3. Dish Up Some Multiplication on Partitioned Plates-click to see more

Posted on May 06, 2013 under

Sectional dishes and plates are great for "hands on" demonstrations of the multiplication concept.

### Martian Multiplication Worksheet-Read, Draw, Write-click to see more

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 under ,

Worksheet has the student "illustrate" the concept of multiplication while working out a problem.

### 2. Turn Unwanted Household Items Into Mathworks!-click to see more

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 under ,

"Sink the Ship" mutiplication game can be made by using clothes hangers.

### How to Use Turnaround Fact Array Cards-click to see more

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 under ,

Arrays help students "see" multiplication's commutative property.

### Balanced Math. Turnaround Fact Array Cards and the CCM Program Can Get It Done

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 under ,

Make sense out of mutiplication by "balancing out" the teaching of it.

### Turn Unwanted Household Items Into Mathworks!-click to see more

Posted on Apr 05, 2013 under , ,

1. Commutative Property of Multiplication-Hangers become "Switcheroo Spinners"

### Free Resource for Making Your Own Computer Games-click to see more

Posted on Apr 05, 2013

Oswego School District provides an outstanding website resource.