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This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long I’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. This…

This physical education resource kit provides 35 lesson ideas that will last the whole year.  Each P.E. lesson is on a separate card to make it easy to take with…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long A’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long U’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. This item…

How To Teach Times Tables And Keep It Fun

How To Teach Times Tables And Keep It Fun

There has been debate in recent years about whether kids should learn their times tables. Some educators feel that rote memorization is no good if kids don’t understand. Others argue that knowing times tables helps build confidence and gives students the ability to do higher level math. I don’t think the two positions are mutually…

7 Free Hundreds Chart Math Activities And Puzzles

7 Free Hundreds Chart Math Activities And Puzzles

Seeing the patterns in numbers helps kids in math. It helps them with different math functions, but first, it helps them to read and count numbers beyond 100. Knowing that numbers have a particular order and remembering the order can be quite a challenge for some kids. Using a hundreds chart gives many opportunities to…

How To Make 5 Mental Math Strategies Fun

How To Make 5 Mental Math Strategies Fun

Mental math—the estimating and calculating you do in your head—is an essential part of learning math. Mental math helps students build a sense of numbers and how they work. And as students gain control and command over numbers, they gain confidence and enjoyment of math (a plus for those of you with kiddos who “hate…

How to Motivate Kids Who “Hate Math”

How to Motivate Kids Who “Hate Math”

I’ve students who love math, but I’ve had a lot more who say that they hate math. When kids have a mindset against math, it can get in the way of learning. It can be tough to shake an “I hate math” mentality, but it’s useful. 4 Reasons Kids Hate Math (and how to get…

17 Inspirational Quotes About Math For Your Classroom

17 Inspirational Quotes About Math For Your Classroom

If you’re lucky, most of your students like math and see it as fun, but if they don’t teaching math is part inspiration. To help, I’ve shared 17 reasons to love math (Have you and your class come up with others?) And to keep math fun, try these easy math games. Today, I’ve got inspiring math…

How To Play Easy Math Games Using Dice

How To Play Easy Math Games Using Dice

Math games let kids practice and consolidate math skills in a non-threatening and highly motivational way. You can find tons of online math games, but most of my favorite math games are decidedly low tech. You don’t need much more than a deck of cards or some dice to play many fun math games. Today…