Penny, Nickel, Dime

This version of Don’t Break the Bank is a hit with students, and also helps give a concrete meaning to place value by linking it to both money, addition, estimation, and multiplying by fives and tens. It takes very little time, so it can be used as a warmup, station activity, or in those five minutes before class ends. While …

Rectangles with Whole Area and Fractional Sides

Math concepts: Fraction/decimal multiplication, area model of multiplication Materials: Paper and pencil Tags: 5.NBT.B.7, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.6, I love the question at the heart of this lesson—it’s simple but counter intuitive. This is a perfect way to let kids look for something without The Launch Consider a rectangle. If the side lengths are whole numbers, then so is the area. Do …

What’s the biggest rectangle?

Math concepts: Area, perimeter, number patterns Materials: Graph paper, pencil Tags: 3.MD.7.a-b, 4.OA2, 4.OA.3, 4.OA.5, 4.OA.5, 5.OA.3, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP5, MP6, MP7. Of all the rectangles with a given perimeter, which one has the largest area? This simple question launches a fascinating exploration. The Launch Remind students of the definition of area and perimeter. Then pose the following question: …

Volume Menu

Topics: Volume, surface area, multiplication, number patterns, estimation, unit conversion Materials: Menu worksheets, cubes, perspective paper (optional), rulers, pencil andpaper Common Core: 5. NBT.5, 5.MD.1, 5.MD.3, 5.MD.4, 5.MD.5.a-c, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP5, MP6, MP7, MP8 Using a Menu The idea of using a “menu” to teach math is simple: with minimal time spent on introduction, you make available a wide array of …

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Math for Love Lessons on Volume

This is a collection of some of our favorite lessons on the topic of volume. We like them, and our students do too. They are built to launch quickly from genuine questions, and should have students actively learning and thinking for most of class. Because they are hands-on and compelling, they should help build a solid comprehension of what volume …

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Cuisenaire Rod Lessons

Topics: Addition, subtraction, measurement, skip counting Materials: See specific lessons Recommended Grade: K, 1, 2, 3 Common Core: K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.3, 1.OA.A.1, 1.OA.A.2, 1.OA.D.7 Overview This series of lessons is meant to introduce Cuisenaire rods in a creative, engaging way, and see how Cuisenaire rods can illuminate and motivate addition, subtraction, and measurement. Why We Love Cuisenaire Rods Cuisenaire rods …

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Blockout

Topics: Multiplication, area, strategy, addition. Materials: Crayons, Blockout game sheet Recommended Grades: 3, 4 Common Core: 3.OA.A.1, 3.OA.C.7, 3.MD.C.6, 3.MD.C.7 Roll the dice and shade in a rectangle. How can you claim the most space on the board? For 2-4 players. Why We Love Blockout This is one of those rare games that reinforces both the skill of multiplication and the …

Square Building

Topics: Area, multiplication, number patterns
, geometry Grade: 3, 4, 5 Materials: Square tiles, graph paper Common Core: 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, 4.OA.1, 4.NBT.5, 4.MD.3, 5.NBT.5, 
MP1, MP2, MP3, MP5, MP6, MP7, MP8 This lesson is truly foundational. It connects central ideas of arithmetic and geometry, and advances from concrete to pictorial to abstract. It will prove to be a simple analogy …