Christmas Math Activities To Decorate Your Classroom

Teachers are so creative! This post is filled with photos teachers have sent of their math classrooms and of the Christmas math activities they used to decorate their classroom walls and classroom doors. There are ideas for decorating with fractions, for middle school and even creating a Christmas tree out of math pennants!

Over the years, teachers have sent me some great photos of their classrooms, from their math word walls to their Matholution pennants, and I have enjoyed every one. It's so fun seeing how the same printables can be arranged in so many different ways.

Dividing Fractions by Fractions using Visual Models - 3 examples

Dividing fractions by fractions is a tricky concept! In this post are 3 dividing fractions by fractions using models examples, the connection to the keep, change, flip standard algorithm and videos explaining the examples.

Fraction division is one of those topics I find myself needing to refresh on every so often. For me it's definitely one of those "don't use, lose" situations. So this post came from me refreshing. But why now? This tweet:

Absolutely Free Math Bulletin Board Printables

Who doesn't love free classroom decor? In this post are a bunch of free math bulletin board printables, from posters to math pennants, that you can download for your classroom for free today.
FREE MATH BULLETIN BOARD PRINTABLES

Everyone loves free, especially when it comes to our classrooms. In this post are a bunch of free printables, to hang on your classroom math bulletin board, that send the message to students that math is cool, fun and for everyone!

15+ Classroom Hacks to Save Time, Money and to Keep Things Running Smoothly

15+ classroom hacks to save you time, money and to help make your teaching job a little easier.

Who doesn't love a great teacher hack? Anything to save a minute of time or to make the job easier is a win. Below are a bunch of teacher hacks I've collected from social media because they are fun, helpful or just really cool!

A hands-on prime vs. composite numbers investigation

If your students struggle with the idea of prime vs. composite numbers, this hands-on investigation activity into prime numbers may be helpful, especially to the kinesthetic learners in your classroom.

If your students struggle with the idea of prime vs. composite numbers, this hands-on investigation activity into prime numbers may be helpful, especially to the kinesthetic learners in your classroom.

"I Know I Can" classroom poster

Motivational Poster for Students to Learn Math.

There are so many great messages buried in the music of the 1990s to early 2000s. And so much of it is completely unknown to kids in our classrooms! I know I sound like my parents about "the good old days of music" here, but back then music had a message and a meaning. It was meant to better us as a society and to bring us together. 

How to Use Algebra Tiles to Multiply Polynomials: with pictures!

Algebra tiles are perfect for making abstract concepts more concrete for our hands-on and visual learners. In this post are 2 examples with pictures for using algebra tiles to multiply polynomials.

I set a pretty average goal for myself a couple months ago to blog about all the ways to use algebra tiles. But then of course life got in the way and here I am only on post #3-- how to use algebra tiles to multiply polynomials. I'll get there, but it may take more time than anticipated!

My favorite use of algebra tiles is for factoring quadratics, especially where the A value is greater than 1. Using the tiles makes this process so much more concrete than any other method (in my opinion). Because it's my favorite, I jumped to blog about it first. But before we even get to factoring, we learn how to multiply the binomials, which is what this post is about.

But first! If you don't have a set of algebra tiles, here is a free set of printable paper algebra tiles. If you print on 2-sided card stock (like Astrobrights) it'll mimic the positive and negative sides of the plastic tiles.

Here we go!