Fun Pythagorean Theorem Activities and Teaching Ideas

Are you teaching the Pythagorean Theorem and looking for fun lesson and activity ideas? This post rounds up some fun Pythagorean Theorem activities and teaching ideas, including a wordless proof and worksheets that will engage all learners. Students in 8th grade math and geometry will love the hands-on and interactive ideas in this post. Included games, lesson ideas, worksheets, notes, independent work, activities that make for great centers and stations and a lot more.

This is a bit embarrassing, but because I try my best to swallow my pride and embrace growth mindset, I'm fessing up. It was during my first year teaching that I finally realized what a2 + b2 = c2 really meant. 

An easy check sheet for grading interactive notebooks

Do you love interactive notebooks but struggle to grade them? In this post I want to share a super simple plan and Excel check sheet for grading INBs that worked really well in my math classroom. The Excel download is free and editable.

Do you love interactive notebooks but struggle to grade them? In this post I want to share a super simple plan and Excel check sheet for grading INBs that worked really well in my math classroom.  

Voyage to the Treasure! collaborative math games

Are you looking for a fun math game that students can play to review what they have learned in class? Voyage to the Treasure! is a new collaborative math game where students work together to beat the Math Monster to the treasure! The directions are easy in this low-prep math game. Voyage to the Treasure! works great as a math review, a day when students have a sub or as a math center.

My friend Alex from Middle School Math Man and I have been working together on a new collaborative math game series called Voyage to the Treasure! 

In this game, students work together to beat the board's Math Monster and get to the treasure first.

A picture book to show our children that Everyone Can Learn Math

Are you looking for a fun way to begin talking about math to your young children? Everyone Can Learn Math is the story of Amy who decides to push through her math anxieties and is the perfect book to instill a growth mindset in our kids.

I came across Alice's book Everyone Can Learn Math on Instagram a few months ago and finally asked if she'd be willing to write a guest post here about her amazing math picture book. 

I remember joking with my first principal about being at a party, someone proudly declaring that he can't do math and others joining in with high-fives. Suddenly everyone is bonding over pretzels and punch and their dislike of numbers. 

Financial Literacy Word Wall

There's something so empowering about teaching teens how to work with percentages, how to budget and what all that fancy-sounding financial language means. Teaching teens financial literacy was even empowering to me. It made me feel I was giving my students the tools they needed to avoid being taken advantage of financially, which can happen to any of us. In this post I want to show the parts of a new word wall that I made to support a financial literacy curriculum and talk a bit about the misconceptions and questions that can arise while teaching teens personal finance class in a consumer math class. The financial literacy word wall in this post puts the vocabulary and concepts in context as it presents the math visually.

I loved teaching Consumer Math. There's something so empowering about knowing how to work with percentages, how to budget and what all that fancy-sounding financial language means. 


Free posters for the book A Remainder of One

Do you love the book a Remainder of One? I do! It's an awesome book for teaching divisibility rules, repeated addition, multiplication and division with remainders to little ones and get them thinking about number sense right as young children. This set of free pdf posters were made to display while reading A Remainder of One. You can download them free from the link in this post.

Before our daughter was born, I watched a ton of TV. It was always on in the background. In fact, my husband and daughter are on a little father daughter outing right now so I popped on HGTV while writing this post. Old habits die hard!

Finding GCF and LCM with the Upside-down Cake Method

When I first came across the ladder method (ie: the upside-down cake method) for finding greatest common factors and lowest common multiples, I thought it was nothing short of complete genius. In this post, the cake method for finding GCF and LCM is explained. There are also free pdf math word wall references to download for your math classroom.

When I first came across the ladder method (ie: the upside-down cake method) for finding greatest common factors and lowest common multiples, I thought it was nothing short of complete genius. This was pretty recent, too! I love learning new methods for teaching math concepts. 

Prime factoring is super cool and extremely useful in building number sense, but if the goal is to find GCF and especially LCM, this cake method makes the process so much easier.