Category Archives: Problem-Solving

Name Patterns: A Fun First Week of School Activity

Patterns. It was always a theme throughout the school year in my mathematics classes. So to kick-off patterns, during the first week of school, the students create a color pattern using their name. Then, we discuss the patterns made by … Continue reading

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Hunting for Buried Treasure: Angles and Angle Measurement

Aye, matey, it’s time to hunt for buried treasure. In this fun and creative activity, students will be designing their very own treasure map. As they design their map and hide their treasure, students will get plenty of practice using … Continue reading

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Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively

Estimates help us predict the reasonableness of an answer. Having students make an estimate before they perform the calculation, and even writing the estimate next to the problem, can help them to focus on making the numbers (and the problem) … Continue reading

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Beginning Fraction Work

I’ve said it before, but it’s important to say it again…understanding fractions begins with understanding the whole and the pieces that make it up. ┬áThe question below is a good way to get students to reflect on the idea that, … Continue reading

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Cookie Fun Way to Teach Money, Arithmetic, and Geometry

Cookies in math class? Absolutely! This fun and engaging hands-on activity will get your students excited about doing math. Students will be designing their perfect cookie within the limits of a budget. They will be filling out order forms for … Continue reading

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