Counting coins, making change, and solving money word problems are all important skills. Here are some ideas to help you teach them! Counting Coins First off, manipulatives are the way to go, ideally real coins and “play” dollars, but the plastic version is okay. It is fun and satisfying to handle real money, and it echoes real life. This cannot be said for pictures of coins on

## FREE Interpreting Remainders Handout and Posters

Division is the trickiest of the four basic operations. Word problems are also quite difficult for many students. Throw in interpreting remainders, and you have a Trifecta of Confusion in Elementary Mathland. That is unfortunate, because interpreting remainders is an important skill, and it is also part of the Common Core Standards. The trick to interpreting remainders is to really understand the problem and what is

## Cooperative Math Problem Solving

Today, I am trading blogs with Laura Candler of Corkboard Connections! You can read her insightful post about cooperative math problem solving right here and then hop on over to Corkboard Connections to read my post about task cards. Cooperative learning can transform a classroom, but it does take a bit of trial and error to be successful. When I was first trained, I used cooperative learning

## FREE Measurement Task Cards!

I started off making a set of free task cards for upper elementary, but then I decided that the younger set should have some, too, so now there is something for almost everyone! Not only that, but both of these sets are also correlated with Common Core Standards. Measurement Task Cards for Grades 2-3 To complete these cards, your students will be measuring things around

## Free Jenga Multiplication and Addition Games

Why use flashcards or worksheets to practice basic facts when you can use a game instead? You can use these free fact strips to make Jenga into a game students will love to play again and again. If you don’t have a class Jenga set already, you can probably find one for a dollar or two at a thrift store. The game requires

## Diffy – A Fun Subtraction Game!

Diffy is great for practicing subtraction, but it also requires students to think logically and identify patterns. It can be played with integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and money, but I think it is most fun with whole numbers. It’s great for kids, but adults enjoy playing, too. Begin by writing four different numbers into the four circles on each of the outer corners. Fill

## Math Scavenger Hunt

Here is a fun math scavenger hunt to try with your students! How many zeroes are in one million? What is an object that is exactly five inches long? How many prime numbers come before 100? How many nickels are in twenty dollars? What do all the numbers on a computer keyboard add up to? What is the circumference of your head? How many stacked

## Core Knowledge vs Creative and Critical Thinking

Honestly, what a silly title for a post, and yet, it does seem to be that way. Often when the idea of teaching creative and critical thinking skills is raised, people object, saying that what children really need is to master the basics – core knowledge. What I can never figure out is why it has to be an either/or situation. It seems like unless one

## Send Your Kids on a Multiplication Scavenger Hunt

Multiplication problems are hiding all around the classroom, just waiting to be discovered by your students. Next time your class is feeling restless, and you just can’t bear to make them do another set of math problems, give everyone a clipboard (or every pair–this would be a terrific activity to do with a partner) and challenge them to find and solve as many multiplication problems

## Find X

Today I stupidly lost a document. I am too frustrated to write a wonderfully inspirational post or even a useful one, so instead I offer this, in hopes that it will at least make you laugh. I wish my document was “x.” Fun Math Enrichment Educational Scavenger Hunts

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