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• ## Real-Life Math Problems with Solutions

Try these real-life math problems with solutions in your classroom, which are open-ended projects with a range of possible answers.

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• ## Breaking Numbers Apart in Math

Breaking numbers apart in math can have many mathematical meanings. See how to break numbers apart using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Alyssa Fuller
Math Intervention Teacher; Learning Experience Designer, HMH

• ## 8 Fall Activities & Lesson Plans for Elementary Students

Try these fall activities for elementary students in your classroom that put a twist on common fall themes.

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• ## Lesson on Comparing Fractions: Is 2/3 More Than 1/2?

Find out the solution to "is 2/3 more than 1/2?" along with an investigation into why and when the solution can change.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Editor

• ## 9 Back-to-School Getting-to-Know-You Activities for Students

Try these back-to-school getting-to-know-you activities to help students discover more about their classmates on the first day of class.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

• ## 6 Math Icebreakers: Games and Activities for All Grades

These math icebreakers are games and activities that span all grades to help math teachers get students practicing math while getting to know one another.

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• ## Guess My Number Math Game

In this hands-on “Guess My Number Math Game” activity for students in kindergarten and up, students can thrill and awe their peers with a mathematical magic trick.

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• ## How to Teach Multiplying Fractions

Students will learn how to represent multiplication of fractions by drawing visual models, analyzing hypothetical examples of student work, and creating equations.

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• ## Estimate the Volume of a Rectangular Prism Lesson Plan

Estimate the Volume of a Rectangular Prism in this activity from HMH's Into Math.

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• ## Factor in Fun! 3 Factor Games for the Classroom

Try a factor game to practice finding factors and getting practice with multiplication.

Nicole Kirksey

• ## 11 Hanukkah Classroom Games and Activities for Elementary Students

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these Hanukkah classroom games and activities for elementary students.

Jordan Friedman
Shaped Editor

• ## 8 Spring Activities for Elementary Students

Happy spring! Need some engaging in-person and remote classroom activities to celebrate the season? Try these 8 spring activities for elementary students.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

• ## True, False, and Open Sentences in Math

In this article, we investigate true, false, and open sentences in mathematics, including how to tell whether a sentence is true and false and how to solve open sentences.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Editor

• ## Phases of the Moon Activities and Lesson Plan Ideas

Shoot for the moon with free science and math resources, including activities, labs, and FUNomenal Readers.

Ali Habashi
Shaped Editor

• ## 8 Free Elementary Math Activities

Get your elementary students hooked on math with these games and activities.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

• ## Math Meets Sports: How Is Math Used in the Summer and Winter Games?

In a special Olympic edition of the Math at Work web series, paired with activities based on the Olympic Games, students will learn how important math is to the world of sports.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Editor

• ## 12 Classroom New Year's Activities for Students

Ready for a fresh start in your classroom? Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new with our fun New Year's activities for students.

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

• ## 12 Summer and Winter Games Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students

These 12 Olympics activities for elementary and middle school students will let them sharpen their math, social studies, and writing skills.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor