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4 Fraction Kahoots!

Kahoot Time!!  My students absolutely love hearing that.  They usually quickly get out their computers and are logged into Kahoot in record time.

If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about anything. The registration is completely free.  Click here to read my blog introduction to Kahoots.  My husband even created one for my birthday to test our family’s knowledge!  Our students absolutely love them and love competing against each other

The following Kahoots are ones that my 5th graders have used to assist with their fraction knowledge.

  • Least Common Denominator – This quick warm up was adapted from user SrR3ss and has 5 questions.  Students play this game to quickly practice finding the least common denominator.
  • Simplifying Fractions – This game has 13 questions in which students practice simplifying fractions.  Included is 10 math questions and 3 brain break questions.  For example, “Who is this lovable Disney character?” Feel free to make a copy and delete these or add to them.  This kahoot was adapted from user gretchenp.
  • Adding Fractions – This kahoot has 10 questions with 8 of them using math and 2 quick brain break questions.  This was adapted from user petty415.
  • Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers – This kahoot was used as a review before our quiz.  It contained 8 questions: 2 brain breaks, 2 word problems, 3 adding and subtracting with regrouping and 1 converting improper numbers to mixed numbers.

If you need a quick assessment tool or would just like to play a quick game, then Kahoot just may be for you.  All you need is a mobile device (computer, tablet, phone) and your children and/or students will love it!


Posted in Math is Awesome!

Math Mistake at Walmart- Energy drinks for $98 each??

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Not sure I will be purchasing any Rock Star Energy Drinks from this location….


So… back to my spiel about why I always tell my students to check their work.  I always ask them a single question, “Does their answer make sense?”  If they say “no,” they have to go back and see what they missed. If it does, awesome!

Someone working at our local Walmart forgot to check their work.  If energy drinks prices are going up to $98 a can, I think I may begin to worry…  However, it did make a great start to my math lesson last week. My 5th graders got a good laugh out of their bell ringer word problem.

Posted in Math is Awesome!

Flipquiz – An online quiz game for all subjects and grades

My team and I recently discovered an awesome site called Flipquiz –

  • Teachers create game boards of questions and you can play using many different ways..
    • In my room, I use it like a Jeopardy game for review.  Students can work their math out on white boards and compete in teams to earn points
    • In my colleague’s room, students have the link and play the game on their own, keeping track of the points that they earn
    • You can play this with all subjects and all grades
    • Oh… and did I mention it was completely free!

My students had an awesome time reviewing for our test today and worked crazy hard!  When they walked in the room and the game board was on the screen, they shouted YAY!!!  So if this site helps me get 11 year olds excited about reviewing for a math test, then it definitely has my vote!  Let me know if you try it out!  I hope your kids like it as much as mine did.


Posted in Math is Awesome!

See a problem?

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I’m a little concerned about the math here…..
A friend of mine was shopping at Walmart the other day and sent me this picture.  I decided it was a great picture to show my students. I tell my students daily, “check your answer- does it make sense?” “Use your estimating skills”    If your answer doesn’t make sense, then we made an error with our math – case in point this picture!

Apparently its more common than I realized. When I looked up real world math mistakes, I found a ton! There was even an article written for the Huffington Post that showed several errors.  Click here to see it.

I think I will make a slide show for my kids to see….  Might help drive home the point of always check your work and why it’s important in a very interesting way.



Posted in Math Games

Decimal Dice Game For Grades 4-6

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Decimal Dice Game – A game involving place value, adding and comparing decimals to the thousandths place

Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend a NCTM (National  Council Teachers of Mathematics) conference in Minneapolis, MN.  One of the booths that was represented was a booth from Box Cars and One- Eyed Jacks.  (Their website is located here)

I bought some of the coolest place value dice.  They were about 50 cents each and you can buy them online also.  Each of the dice had a particular number on them -see the picture below.


So when I got back home, I tried to think of something to do with these awesome dice.  At the time, we were working on adding and subtracting decimals so I made the worksheet above.  In it, the kids received one each of the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths dice.  Their job was to take turns rolling the dice and then adding them together. Once they got their numbers, they had to compare it to their partners.  A colleague of mine suggested that they could compare their numbers and determine which had the largest decimal therefore hitting not one, but multiple common core standards at the same time.

The kids had so much fun with these dice.  I bought several of the larger place value dice as well.  My next task is to develop some additional games or worksheets for students to write numbers in standard, expanded and word forms with those.

If you would like a copy of the worksheet above that I made, click here and you can print your own copy.  I also have a store at Teachers Pay Teachers that has some more awesome math stuff.

Posted in Math is Awesome!, Task cards with QR Codes, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Order of Operations Task Cards

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Order of Operations Task Cards Cover Page

Order of Operations…..  A procedure that my students need to memorize in order to be successful in algebra and higher secondary math.

These task cards are designed to help my students practice while I work with small groups in the back.  My students can complete the work and then use the iPad to scan the QR codes.  The QR codes link the students to a sheet with my work.  If they make a mistake, they have the answer and all the  work shown to compare and figure out where they went wrong to correct the mistake.  This provides instant feedback from me, even though I am not beside them.  It’s like cloning myself!!!

The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional).  I went ahead and  laminated them so that I can reuse these year after year. These task cards have both regular problems and test prep problems.  If you would like to see them or use them  – click here to find them in my store.  I am super excited about using these again with my students next week!


Posted in Math is Awesome!, Task cards with QR Codes, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Long Division Task Cards for 4th/5th Grade

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A sample of the task cards for long division.

Long Division…..  The thought makes some people cringe in horror or shiver with remembering all of those hours practicing over and over that same method.

In 5th grade, our job is to bridge that gap between concrete understanding in elementary school to the abstract understanding required in junior high.  Traditional algorithms are taught while also still allowing students to choose their method to solve real world problems.  One of the ways I like to practice, is by using task cards.

I have 84 minutes to teach math each day (which is super exciting coming from 45 before) and my students work in a math workshop setting.  Whole group usually lasts about 20 min while students use the rest of the time to rotate through stations.  Since I am teaching a small group in the back of the room, I need stations that are set up to run independently which is why I created these task cards.

These task cards are cut out and printed on card stock.  I then laminate them so I can use them for multiple classes and groups. The students use notebook paper to work out each problem and check their answers.  Students use an iPad to quickly scan the QR code, and it takes them to a photo image which contains the problem worked out on white boards along with the correct answer.  They can then check their answer and if they did something wrong, they can see exactly where they messed up.


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An example of the answers from one of the questions above.

I am in the process of designing additional cards to be used for different areas including multiplication and decimals.

This is an example of one of my long division cards. 1/2 of the cards have no remainders, while the other 1/2 of the cards have remainders in which the students have to figure out how to interpret based on the real world scenario that is provided.  Currently, I have cards with 1 and 2 digit divisors, decimal division, multiplication and expressions

If you would like to check out these task cards, I have a free sample version (contains 8 cards) on my teachers pay teachers website – click here  .

The full version of the 1 digit divisor (containing 24 cards) is also on my site that is listed here . and the full version of the 2 digit divisor (containing 24 cards) is listed here.  I would love to hear what you think if you try these out in your classroom or home school.  They are designed for 4th/5th grade but can be used at other grades to enrich or for remediation.


Full version with 24 task cards!

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Task card printed in black and white, laminated on color paper.


 If color copies are an issue (we don’t have a color copier at our school,)  then you can print the cards out and glue them onto colored paper.  Not nearly as pretty as colored but are effective none the less.



Posted in Math Anchor Charts

Place Value Patterns- Multiplying & Dividing by 10

Place Value Patterns- Moving the Numbers!

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Place Value Patterns- Moving the decimal places

Part of our curriculum in 5th grade is to recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.  (Arkansas Mathematics Standards)

Students also need to understand why multiplying or dividing by a power of 10 shifts the value of the digits of a whole number or decimal and explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a whole number by powers of 10.  This is not just for whole numbers but decimals place values up to the thousandths place.

This year we were working with a program called Eureka Math.  They illustrated a great way of moving the numbers back or forth when multiplying and dividing instead of just moving the decimal, which is a quick short cut way that leads to misunderstanding.

So, until the students understood what was happening in actuality to the numbers  in each place value, they had to draw the place value chart or lines to represent the different place holders in the chart.  Once they could explain accurately what was happening to the numbers, most quickly figured out the short cut way of moving the decimal to the right or left.

I created an anchor chart (above) that helps the students to remember the patterns.   This was easy for them to see and we also put a miniature version in our math notebooks.

Posted in Math Games, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Order of Operations- Matching Game

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A great game with 3 variations and 20 problem and answer cards!

This game is a fun game that reinforces evaluating order of operations with various grouping symbols.  Designed for 5th grade, the game contains 20 problem cards, 20 answers cards. and directions for 3 different ways to play.  Students can choose which game they would like to play or a teacher can vary the game based on needs of students.


May play with 2 – 4 players.  I printed the cards off on card stock and laminated them to make them more durable to use year after year.




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4 of the cards from the Order of Operations game


It is currently on my store at the following site. A great review for 6th grade and works as a homeschool game, a whole class game or a math center file folder game.

Posted in Math Games, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Dice Place Value Game


Place Value and Large Numbers – both give some of my students anxiety at the beginning of the year.   We usually spend a couple of days reviewing previous knowledge of large numbers to the thousands place, while moving that knowledge along to the millions, billions and trillions.

This game was designed for my students to play while in small groups.  The goal is a fun way for them to review and practice reading and comparing large numbers.

In this game, students take turns rolling dice.  Each dice roll, gives the students a number to be placed in one of their empty place value positions.  They can then put this number anywhere they want while also trying to figure out where it would give them the smallest or largest value, depending on the variation of the game.

Included in this game are directions for three different variations; partners competing to see  who builds the largest number, smallest number or reads it correctly.  There is also a score sheet at the end.  

In round 1, student each roll the dice 4 times, trading turns between each roll, to build a number to the thousands place. If the teacher tells the students to get the largest number, the student whose number has the largest value will win the round and receive 1 point while their partner earns 0 points.   As an added bonus, I tell my students they must also read their number out loud correctly to their partner.

The rounds are designed to increase in difficulty as the game progresses.  In round 1 students are playing to the thousands place, however rounds 4-10 they are playing to the millions place.  My 5th graders loved it this year and it provided a great way to review those place value skills.

This is a free game on my teachers pay teachers store. All you need to do… Add dice!

Perfect for 4th & 5th Grade!

Dice Place Value Game Free at Teachers Pay Teachers