The 2024 math challenge is a simple to explain puzzle that will keep you captivated for hours. Using the digits in the current year exactly one time each, can you write a mathematical expression for each digit between 1 and 100? You may use any mathematical symbol or operation of your choosing. What is the …

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Ring in the new calendar year with a fun 2023 puzzle! Can you arrange the strips in the given grid to form the digits in 2023? Available in two levels (easy and advanced), this puzzle is sure to provide a fun challenge for all those who attempt it. One of my goals for my maternity …

My students have been LOVING these free printable pentominoes puzzle challenges that I have posted this week on the dry erase board in my high school math classroom. Even though I am using them with high school students, they are suitable for almost all ages! What are Pentominoes? Pentominoes is a special name given to …

One of my high school math students’ most used math reference sheets is this free printable factors chart for the numbers from 1 to 100. I give my algebra and pre-calculus students a copy of this 1-100 factors chart at the beginning of the school year, and we end up referencing them a lot. This …

Looking for printable multiplication charts? I’m excited to offer a wide selection of free and customizable multiplication tables for students of all ages. Simplify learning with these easy-to-use charts that are perfect for classroom or home use. Download and print now to help your child or student master multiplication. I created this set of free …

Looking for ideas as you plan your first day of school math activities? I’ve got enough fun and interactive activities here to last you the entire first week of school and then some!

I ran across this exponent rules match-up activity in the Algebra Activities Instructor’s Resource Binder from Maria Andersen. It was published by Cengage in 2011. I thought it would make the perfect review activity for exponent rules for my Algebra 2 students. I did find a copy of the activity uploaded online (page 7 of …

Several years ago, I heard about the Let’s Make Squares activity from an OKMath Newsletter sent out by Christine Koerner. She recommended Let’s Make Squares as a great activity for the first week of school. I had already decided that I was going to do the 2s to 9s Challenge as my first day of …

This 100s chart printable is a powerful tool to help young mathematicians build number sense as they discover number patterns in our base 10 number system. It is available to download in a convenient PDF format.Â

I created this exponents chart that lists the first 8 powers of each of the numbers from 2 to 9 for my students. I thought it might also be of use to use and your students. We started reviewing exponent rules in Pre-Calculus today. We’re doing this in preparation for our exponentials/logarithms unit which is …

This collection of 97 printable tangram puzzles will make it super-easy to implement tangram puzzles as a problem-solving activity in your classroom. What are Tangrams? Tangrams are a dissection puzzle which is believed to originate from imperial China. A set of tangrams consists of seven flat shapes which can be put together to form a …

Day one and two are in the books! I’ll share a bit more about what I did with my classes on the first two days in a later post, but I want to go ahead and share the mathematical challenge I used with my students on the first day since I have got several questions …

I created this printable Venn Diagram template to use with Guess My Rule cards, but it could be used in so many different ways in the math classroom. A couple of weeks ago, I was afraid that the lesson I had planned on Venn Diagrams wouldn’t take the entire 50 minute class period. I was …

Looking to play a friendly game of Farkle with friends or with your students in your classroom? I’ve got a free printable Farkle Score Sheet to help make your game play run smoothly. What is Farkle? Farkle is an incredibly fun and addictive dice game that is equally suitable for a fun family game night …

I’m excited to introduce you to the 5-4-3-2-1 Challenge. On Sunday morning, Nancy Swank tweeted me a link to a puzzle on NPR’s website. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because Nancy is the entire reason why NPR spent an entire day in my classroom in 2014. I followed the link and started reading …

Combining Like Terms Activity (Version 3.0) I modified my combining like terms strip activity that I have used for the past two years. This year, I added a box for students to write their simplified answer in. I think it really helped them organize their work better! Close-ups of each problem: Looking for a fun …

One of my favorite activities for introducing the concept of a function in Algebra 1 is to host a Function Auction. The first year I did this, I threw the activity together at the last minute. I grabbed a random function/not a function worksheet off of the Internet and stapled some colored paper on a …

One of my favorite statistics activities for introducing probability is Probability Bingo. Probability Bingo is not your typical bingo game. You aren’t looking for five in a row. Instead, the winner is the first person to fill up their ENTIRE bingo card. I once attended an AP Summer Institute for AP Statistics at the University …

31-derful is fun and easy-to-implement group problem solving activity that is a perfect activity for the first day or week of school. The only supplies needed to implement this activity is a deck of playing cards for each group. I used the 31-derful activity with my Algebra 1 students for the first day of school. …

After spending three days working with my 8th graders on a road trip project, I needed a one-day activity that was fun, interactive, and tied to the 8th grade Oklahoma math standards. Looking for inspiration, I turned to the Internet where I soon found a link to Dan Meyer’s Three-Act Math Tasks via Pinterest. While …