March 23, 2021

Spring Math Activities for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Free Spring Math Multiplication Color for 2nd Grade Math, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Review.

The birds are chirping! The flowers are beginning to bloom! It is Spring time. That means it is time to integrate Spring FUN with math. Why not take that time to brush up on multiplication facts.  

Knowing multiplication facts with instant recall is so important for numerous other math topics including adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, greatest common factors, least common multiples, multiplying integers and multiplying fractions.  I even use multiplication myself for long division as I think of the inverse operation to help me solve division problems. Full disclosure: I know my multiplication facts faster than my division facts.  Ssssh, don't tell my students. 

So grab your brightest and most colorful crayons and let's get started!  What an AWESOME way to have your Third Grade Math students, Fourth Grade Math or even your Fifth Grade Math students review their multiplication facts for fluency and accuracy than with Multiplication Color by Number Activities?  

My students love coloring and I love the quiet and calmness it seems to bring in my classroom. I have even been known to play relaxing Enya or slow jazz while children work in small groups or independently on these worksheets.   

Don't believe me? Try it yourself.  I created this Spring Multiplication Worksheet just for you.

Free Spring Math Multiplication Color for 2nd Grade Math, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Review.

CLICK HERE to download this Spring Multiplication FREEBIE

Practicing and reviewing multiplication facts for accuracy and instant recall is very important for higher math.  Students are more confident with advanced math concepts when they don't have to worry about figuring out their math facts and can just concentrate on the new math topic in front of them.  

There are so many different ways to practice multiplication facts...games, songs, flashcards, traditional worksheets, color by number activities or even using art mediums like sidewalk chalk, paint or window markers.  One of my all-time favorites continues to be color by code printables though๐Ÿ–️๐Ÿ–️๐Ÿ–️

If your students enjoyed practicing their multiplication facts with the freebie above, check out these Spring Multiplication Color by Number Activities on TPT.  

This Spring Multiplication Resource is a fantastic supplement for those teachers looking for more support for practicing and reviewing multiplication facts times 1 to times 12. From colorful flowers to spring kids, these color by number activities are perfect fun for practicing times tables for fluency and accuracy.

Spring Math Multiplication Color for 2nd Grade Math, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Review.

Each page focuses on a different factor. So some of your students can be brushing up on their times 2 or times 5 facts, while other students can be focusing on more challenging facts like times 7 or times 12.  I say differentiation is key to mathematical confidence and success.

Spring Multiplication is versatile, as well as perfect for morning work, math centers, homework, small group enrichment centers, and partnered work.  Plus, it is a fun and engaging resource for your students and no-prep for you!

Spring Math Multiplication Color for 2nd Grade Math, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Review.

You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!



March 20, 2021

Activities to Practice Adding Doubles

 

Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Free Activities for First Grade Math


It's Double Trouble Time⏰ Adding doubles (1+1, 2+2, and so on) is an important step in learning basic operations for your youngest mathematicians.  This is one of the first steps in understanding counting, addition, and eventually multiplication skills. 

Your K-2 students will get excited about learning how to add doubles with these fun, engaging activities to practice adding doubles 1+1 through 10+10.

As always, I love introducing and reviewing math concepts with a short and catchy video.  If Jack Hartmann  creates it, we play it.  Plain and simple.  We love that guy!


There are so many great Adding Doubles Songs on YOUTUBE but another way I help my students is by giving each student an anchor chart. Anchor Charts help support my visual learners.  As time goes on, I notice my students rely less and less on the anchor chart as they commit these facts to memory and instant recall.
Click on the picture below to grab this Doubles Anchor Chart FREEBIE.
Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Free Activities for First Grade Math

Adding Doubles Pictures

Color and cut pictures of baseballs and gloves to practice adding doubles! Add two baseballs plus two gloves to equal four, or use the picture manipulatives to count three gloves + three more gloves for a total of six! 

Pictures serve as easy, printable manipulatives to count and add. As an added bonus, your students can practice cutting and coloring skills!  Let them get really creative with a big pack of colored pencils or crayons. Try out this counting and adding doubles activity in these ready-to-go double facts FREE printables!
Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Free Activities for First Grade Math

Color by Number

Yes! More coloring! Your K-2 students love to bring out the markers, crayons, and colored pencils, so activate their fact power with a color by number baseball player. This is another chance for your students to practice adding doubles and hit it out of the park! Your students simply solve the problems on the baseball player and color by number according to the key provided. It's a home run for your students who are visual learners! 

Try this and other adding doubles activities that are ready for your students to use today! Want to add an extra challenge for your advanced learners? Have them create their own color by number sheets for adding doubles! Display the final products to showcase student math and art talent in your classroom!
Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Free Activities for First Grade Math

Use a Number Line

Incorporate a number line into adding doubles instruction. As your students solve the equations, they can use a number line as a visual or even plot their answer on the number line. Number lines are a great way to practice counting along with basic operations such as addition. 

The adding doubles activities come with adding doubles equations and a number line on each of the equation sheets! Each of the above adding doubles activities are ready-to-go with the adding double freebie
Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Free Activities for First Grade Math

Looking for more ways to practice adding doubles? This Doubles Resource is a fantastic supplement for those teachers looking for more support and ideas for practicing adding doubles. From colorful color by number activities to fun games, these addition activities are sure to keep your beginning mathematicians engaged and on task. 
Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Activities for First Grade Math


The double facts activities come with 25 activities, 12 student reference pages and 3 Parent Communication Pages:
  • Timed Test (36 questions on the page)
  • Adding Doubles with Dominoes (2 differentiated)
  • Missing Addends
  • Doubles Number Puzzle
  • Color by Number (6)
  • Five in a Row Game (2)
  • Rolling for Fluency Game 
  • Roll and Color Game (2)
  • Doubles Sum Find Game
  • Tic Tac Toe Game 
  • Word Problems
  • True/False - cut, sort glue
  • Baseball themed cut and glue to the double's sum (2)
  • Student Bookmarks, Flashcards and Addition Chart
  • Doubles Anchor Charts (black/white and color)

  • Adding doubles is a beginning skill for students learning basic operations and addition. However, it's a huge building block in learning multiplication (by 2). 

    Your students will win the big game of adding doubles with these ready-to-use, fun resources for your Math classroom!  Perfect for morning work, math centers, homework, small group enrichment centers, and partnered work.  Plus, it is a fun and engaging resource for your students and no-prep for you!


    Add Doubles Facts Free Anchor Chart and Addition Free Activities for First Grade Math
    You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!

    March 3, 2021

    Ways to Practice Greatest Common Factor in the Elementary Classroom


    Ways to Practice Greatest Common Factor Free activities and anchor chart for Fourth Grade Math Students

    Your elementary students are learning division and multiplication skills. Part of those math skills include understanding greatest common factor in the math classroom. 

    GCF is also important in beginning to understand, add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions! Understanding the largest number divides into a set of numbers will help your students practice division and multiplication facts. 

    Check out these ways to practice greatest common factor in the elementary classroom!

    Teach Different Strategies to Find the Greatest Common Factor


    To begin, there are two different strategies I teach to help students find the greatest common factor of a group of numbers. 

     1. In the first method, students list all the factors of each number. Then, they look for the factors that are the same and the greatest for all the numbers. 

     2. Another method to find GCF is through prime factorization. Sometimes this is referred to as using factor trees! Break down the factors of a number using prime factorization. Next, multiply the common prime factors to find the greatest common factor. Use the lessons and materials provided in the Greatest Common Factor Activities bundle!

    Color By Greatest Common Factor

    Whenever you can get your students coloring in math, it's a good thing!  Color by Factor sheets allow your students to get creative and use art skills while identifying greatest common factors of given numbers. 

    Simply color in the numbers according to the greatest common factors in the key. Fun pictures of animals will help your students enjoy and engage while learning and practicing greatest common factor! 

    For an added bonus, have your students create their own greatest common factor Color by Number sheets and trade with a classmate! What gorgeous pictures can your creative learners come up with?

    Greatest Common Factor Word Problems

    I am a huge proponent of making math relevant. Math makes sense when you can incorporate things students will see in their homes and schools. 

    Even more than making math easy and magical for kids, I want to make sure it relates to problems they encounter in their lives. Using word problems involving school and home situations for third and fourth graders will make greatest common factor problems make sense! 

    For example, Jack is making cookies for a party. He has 100 chocolate chips, 75 sprinkles and 50 walnuts. What is the greatest number of cookies Jack can make if each cookie has the same toppings? (Answer: 25 cookies) 

    Bring problems like this to life by drawing cookies with toppings or even sharing a special cookie treat with the class! Try these Greatest Common Factor Word Problems with your students! 

    Differentiate instruction by having students write their own greatest common factor word problems using their own names and situations!  Get excited about teaching greatest common factor in your elementary classroom! 

    More and more I notice my students have challenges with multiple choice questions. Mastering how to answer these type of questions is helpful and can be applied later to standardize testing.

    Creating activities practicing multiple choice options  (especially when several of the answers are possibilities) can be so helpful when practicing GCF.  Click on the picture below to grab this FREEBIE.

    Ways to Practice Greatest Common Factor Free activities and anchor chart for Fourth Grade Math Students

    My students are never too old for cut, sort and glue activities.  Brushing up on hand eye coordination, fine motor and bilateral coordination is a great skill to practice at any age.  The Greatest Common Factor Printable below can serve as a wonderful review. Like what you see? Click on the picture below to download this freebie.
    Ways to Practice Greatest Common Factor Free activities and anchor chart for Fourth Grade Math Students
    GCF is so important in multiplication, division, and studying fractions. Using the activities in the Greatest Common Factor Activities bundle will help your students understand and practice GCF as it applies to 3rd and 4th grade math skills and concepts. 

    What Greatest Common Factor Activities will you use in your math classroom?


    Looking for additional activities?  
    Check out Greatest Common Factor activities and printables below on TPT. 

    Ways to Practice Greatest Common Factor for Fourth Grade Math Students

    You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!