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1) The A, B, C's of Number Tiles - FREE Version

The letters of this free resource are solved just like magic squares are. Number tiles are arranged in such a manner that the sum of the tiles that form each straight line of the letter equal the same sum. The designated sum for the letter is written on each page as well as the number tiles to be used. Most of the three letter puzzles have more than one answer; so, students are challenged to find a variety of solutions.  Answer recording sheets are provided for the student as well as possible solutions for the teacher. A Number Tile Keeper in addition to a blackline of the number tiles is located at the end of this resource.

2)
Algebraic Terms/Fractions - Finding the Greatest Common Factor
Multiple - FREE Version

This FREE resource begins with the definitions for the words factor, greatest common factor and least common multiple. After finding the GCF, how to find the least common multiple is explained and demonstrated by using the same Venn Diagram. A step-by-step example is given, followed by two student practice problems. Three blank two circle Venn Diagrams are included.

Also incorporated into this resource is how to use the two circle graphic organizer to factor out the Greatest Common Factor for polynomials or algebraic terms. A detailed example is provided to show how this same process can be used in algebra.

This primary resource contains three different activities and one game that uses dominoes. The activities range from adding, to problem solving, to Topsy Turvy subtraction problems. Students solve the Dots Fun Activities by arranging dominoes. You may use a commercial set of 28 or copy the domino blackline included on the last page. These activities are suitable for a math center, for differentiated instruction, as well as for introducing or reviewing a math concept.

This  resource for grades 3-6 contains three different activities and one game . The activities include sorting dominoes, four digit place value, and using division facts. The game involves finding sums that equal 12. The activities and games vary in difficulty; so differentiated instruction is easy. This resource is also excellent for math center activities.
Learning About Plane Geometry While Using Number Tiles

All of the pages of this FREE handout are solved like magic squares. Number tiles are positioned so that the total of the tiles on each line of the geometric shape must add up to be the same sum. Most of the geometric puzzles have more than one  answer; so, students are challenged to find a variety of solutions.  Before each set of activities, the geometry vocabulary used for that group is listed. The definitions include diagrams and/or illustrations so that the students can learn and understand new math words without difficulty or cumbersome words.

This FREE math resource includes three ready to print task cards to practice building and creating equations while using mental math, computation, analytical skills and problem solving. Each task card contains different math puzzles which vary in difficulty from easy to challenging. There is one easy puzzle, one medium level puzzle and one challenging puzzle; so, you can differentiate by choosing the level of difficulty appropriate for each student.  Only positive numbers are used.

7) Math Task Cards - Creating Algebraic Equations.

This FREE math resource includes three ready to print task cards to practice building and creating equations while using mental math, computation, analytical skills and problem solving. Each task card contains different math puzzles which vary in difficulty from easy to challenging. There is one easy puzzle, one medium level puzzle and one challenging puzzle; so, you can differentiate by choosing the level of difficulty appropriate for each student. Positive and negative numbers are used.

Math courses are not like other courses. To pass most other subjects, a student must read, understand, and recall the subject matter. However, to pass math, an extra step is required: a student must use the information they have learned to solve math problems correctly. Special math study skills are needed to help the student learn more and to get better grades. This resource lists 20 math study skills intended to help students succeed in math.

This free resource contains six different math problem solving activities for the primary grades. The activities extend from simple counting, to greater than or less than to solving addition and subtraction problems. Each activity is on a single page, and varies in difficulty which is appropriate for any diverse classroom. These activities work well for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner.

This resource contains four different math problem solving activities that extend from addition and multiplication, to using the divisibility rules. Students solve the Number Tile Math Activities by arranging ten number tiles, numbered 0-9. Each problem is given on a single page, and since the students have the freedom to move the tiles around, they are more engaged and more willing to try multiple methods to find the solution.

This FREE resource contains hands-on, problem solving activities for grades 4-6 and is online interactive ready. It features number tile math puzzles that provide practice in mental arithmetic, operations with numbers while at the same time encouraging logical reasoning and creativity, all in a game-like setting. Furthermore, they are a powerful tool for teaching students basic addition skills since each row, column, and diagonal must add up to be the same sum.

This FREE Trash to Treasure handout features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy to construct crafts made from recycled or common, everyday items. In this resource, discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom.

This FREE resource includes two winter crossword puzzles; each with 25 words that all begin with “snow.” The words used in both puzzles are: snowball, snowbank, snowbelt, snowberry, snowbird, snow blindness, snow blower, snowboard, snow bunny, snowcap, snowdrift, snowdrop, snowfall, snowflake, snow land, snowmaker, snowman, snowmelt, snowmobile, snowplow, snowshoes, snowsquall, snowstorm, snowsuit and snowy. One crossword includes a word bank which makes it easier to solve while the more challenging one does not.

14)
The checklist follows the six steps of the scientific
method:

a) Exploration
b) Plan
c) Question
d) Prediction
e) Data Collection and Display
f ) Conclusion

Students simply check the appropriate boxes in each category as they work through an investigation. Since the checklist is generic, it can be used with any science investigation for grades 2-4.

This free resource lists several different mnemonic devices that will assist students in remembering and recalling larger pieces of information for tests. Included are acronyms, initialism, acrostics, rhyme, rhythm and song and association in addition to visualization using the loci and peg systems. Definitions for each mnemonic method are provided under each category as well as specific mnemonic examples for math, science and language arts.

One day, a student of mine, a mathphobic to be sure, asked, “Why can’t I divide by zero?” Promptly I gave him the answer that any good mathematician would. “You can’t divide by zero because 0 is undefined. It just cannot be done.” Well, that went over like a lead balloon; so, I knew it was time to sit and down and write out a plausible but understandable explanation that my students could understand.

This free resource is a sequential step-by-step explanation of why you cannot divide by zero. It begins by explaining what division is and how it relates to multiplication. It concludes with a simple visual to help the students remember the difference between 0 being in the numerator and 0 being in the denominator.

This FREE resource contains five critical thinking questions. They encourage students to utilize critical thinking skills such as inquiry, analysis and reasoning while encouraging them to gather information and assess answers based on their experience and/or prior knowledge. These questions may be used to make constructive use of short instructional minutes. They also are an excellent journal writing activity. Not only do the questions provide a short practice or a quick drill, but they motivate students since they are enjoyable, offer variety, and increase interest.