## Comparison Problems for Pumpkins

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 10/28/2023 to
K-5 Algebraic Thinking

What should students know about mathematical comparison? In this article, you'll learn about the progression across grades K-8, get tips for teaching ways to compare, and learn to incorporate algebraic thinking. Since most students are familiar with pumpkins, we will use pumpkins in the examples!

## 4 Easy Tips for Equality and Equations

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 8/26/2023 to
K-5 Algebraic Thinking

Do your students understand the equals sign and equations? Many students struggle with understanding the concept of equality. However, equality is a foundation for algebra. In this article, we'll explore tips and tricks to help your students conquer the equals sign, avoid common misconceptions, and take equations to the next level.

## Pi Day Fun! Ideas for Primary, Intermediate, & Middle Grades

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 3/8/2023 to
K-5 Geometry

### Here are some fun and easy ideas for Pi Day.

- Jokes
- Contest for Memorizing Digits
- Primary Grades: Tracing Activity
- Intermediate Grades: Measuring Activity
- Middle Grades: Using Perimeter to Estimate Pi

## Valentine's Day Math Activity: Heart Puzzle

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 1/30/2023 to
K-5 Geometry

### Fun Heart Puzzle Activity

By combining basic geometric shapes such as rectangles, triangles, circles, and squares in various ways, students can create more complex shapes. For example, two identical right triangles can be combined to form a kite shape, a parallelogram, or a rectangle. In this free printable activity, students will make a heart shape and then use the same pieces to make other shapes.

## January Funday: Create Expressions with 2, 0, 2, & 3

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 12/23/2022 to
K-5 Algebraic Thinking

Create Expressions with 2, 0, 2, and 3

Start the new year with a versatile activity that can be modified easily! Have elementary or middle school students write expressions using 2, 0, 2, and 3. Download a FREE worksheet with instructions and a table for values up to 23. This activity can help students review 5 key concepts.

1. Adding or Multiplying with Zero2. Order of Operations3. Using Exponents4. Expressions with Parentheses5. Making Organized Lists

## 7 Ways to Connect Math to Current Events

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 10/28/2022 to
6-8 Math Practices

Current events can be springboards for math questions.

Was there a significant weather event? Was there an election? Who won a sports game? Did anyone set a record or win a prize? Students are more engaged with math when it is related to a real event or a specific person or group.

The ideas in this post can be adapted for almost any event. We'll take a look 7 general ways to connect an event to math, and look at specific examples and questions.

1. Date or Time of Event2. Age of a Person Involved3. Location or Distance4. Travel Time5. Attendance or Population6. Additive Comparison to Related Data7. Multiplicative Comparison to Related Data

## Make a Boxy Snowman

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 1/27/2019 to
K-5 Measurement

Instead of making a snowman from three balls of snow, use bins or boxes instead. Then find the volume.