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Playful Math for Upper Elementary & Middle School

As our children (and their parents!) play around with mathematical ideas and the relationships between them, we develop deep understanding that is strong enough to support future learning.
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Review: This new book is truly a gem. If you like The Cat in Numberland or The Man Who Counted, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy Math & Magic in Wonderland.

Review/Giveaway: Math & Magic in Wonderland

Child's Play!from Child's Play!

Math Monday: Compass Art

“In his own magic circle wanders the wonderful man, and draws us with him to wonder and take part in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe -- Never underestimate the power of the Doodle!

Math Monday: Compass Art

FREE Paper Polyhedron Pattern~ Students use the pattern to trace and cut out colored pieces of card stock to make this clever craft. Check out the post for helpful tips.

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational: Paper Polyhedron


In Your Prime Activity

Learning to identify prime numbers can be tricky. But this fun card game can make memorizing some basic prime numbers a breeze.

In Your Prime | Activity |

The Measured Momfrom The Measured Mom

Math games for grade 3 and up

Math games for grade 3 and up - The Measured Mom

How can we divide it evenly, so we each get a fair share? How big is your piece?

Infinite Cake: Don Cohen's Infinite Series for Kids

Maths can be done outdoors and here is a simple task children can do that suits all skill levels. (Laughing Kids Learn)

Maths Outdoors - Laughing Kids Learn

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Awesome Math Art: Transforming Ninja Star

Awesome Math Art: Transforming Ninja Star


The Power of NOT Giving the Answer

The Power of NOT Giving the Answer...ever asked the students a question and let them stew on it for DAYS? Come check out today's blog post to see how I worked to REALLY get my students thinking about fractions--not just TELLING them about fractions.

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Math Warm-Up: Today Is February 4×3×2×1. One of my favorite warm-up exercises for Math Club is “Today is ______.” Each student invents one or more mathematical expressions for today...

Math Warm-Up: Today Is February 4×3×2×1

Prime and Composite numbers- This is how I teach this concept, too. Using blocks or graph paper, the kids do numbers from 1-50, trying to find all the possible rectangles. Those that make only straight-line arrays are prime, all others are composite. And if you can make a square, that's a square number.

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Math Concepts: place value, strategic thinking. Players: two or more. Equipment: one deck of playing cards, or a double deck for more than three players...

Horseshoes: A Place Value Game