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

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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

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

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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!

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Math and Science songs for your kids.

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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!

                

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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.

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

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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:

http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=547553

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Posted by Margo Gentile 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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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).

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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"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

Do you want to read the whole article? You know what I think about this? Open this post and see! What do you think of it? Respond in the comments, please!

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

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

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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.

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

 

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

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

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

 

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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!

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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! 

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Posted by Margo Gentile 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.

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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!

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

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Posted by Margo Gentile 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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Here is "On the Road to 100" chart.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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