Algebra-Simplifying Expressions, Solving Equations and Inequalities

I love teaching algebra especially in grades 5 and 6 when students start to learn about variables, expressions, and equations. Although algebra might seem strange to them at first, as they start to understand the rules they begin to enjoy this new chapter in their math adventures. I cannot stress …

Equations and Inequalities – Balance the scales

Combining letters with numbers and mathematical operations is new and exciting for students starting with basic operations. I find that many students see these equations as puzzles and love to solve them. As the equations get more complicated, however, including fractions, exponents, and more, many students start getting frustrated. Algebra …

Multiplying fractions/mixed numbers/simplifying

Fractions operations are usually a challenging concept for students to grasp. The multiplication of fractions seems to be “easier” than adding and subtracting fractions since the algorithm is more straightforward in the sense that we do not need to find the LCM and turn the fractions into like ones. However, …

LCM Race – Finding LCM (game)

New day new game! Today I would like to share with you a simple multiplayer game that I created to help my students practice finding the Least Common Multiple of two or more numbers (2-12). Being able to find the LCM quickly comes in handy when adding or subtracting, unlike …

AM/PM, 24-hour clock, Elapsed Time – ideas, games, and activities

Learning time is often confusing for students as the concept of time is still abstract for many of them as it doesn’t connect to the other concepts of measurement. The students cannot see, touch, or weigh time. It is hard to visualize and compare time. Time does not use the …

Teaching time, tips, activities, games, print and digital

Teaching time and specifically teaching how to read the analog clock and elapsed time is often a challenge for parents and teachers. The reason is that the concept of time is still abstract for many students as it doesn’t connect to the other concepts of measurement. The students cannot see, …

Teaching area, ideas, games, print, and digital activities

The concept of area like the concept of perimeter is used constantly in everyday life so students will already have an intuitive understanding of it. We need to use and link that understanding to the math activities in the classroom. Hands on activities and word problems that connect to real-life …

Teaching Perimeter, ideas, print, and digital activities

Students start to learn about perimeter around grade 3, however, perimeter appears in all grades. Since the perimeter is the sum of all the sides of a 2d-shape, activities can take many forms, from measuring with crackers to algebraic expressions. Depending on the skill level of your students you can …

Practicing Division facts with Number Bars.

While creating some division activities for my students and specifically activities to practice division facts, this idea came to mind. Maybe bars are not just for fractions. Why not use number bars (something like equation strips) to show division and practice visual factoring? I am always looking for visual ideas …

Multi-Digit Multiplication, Area model, Partial Products algorithm, Puzzles, Word problems

Multi-digit multiplication is considered one of the most “challenging” concepts to teach students. The reason for this view is, in my opinion, the fact that understanding multi-digit multiplication requires students to have gained a deep understanding of place value, and the multiplication properties. As the digits increase the process of …