Here’s a fun and easy way to teach one of the toughest concepts in all of PreAlgebra: the rule for combining integers with different signs. We turn it into a fun “tug-of-war” game. This entry gives you everything you need to teach it today!

# Archive | Making Math Fun

# “Cruel” Sequences Puzzle

Here’s a math puzzle guaranteed to drive your friends crazy. Have fun!

# Multiplication Trick #1 — Fun with the 5s

MENTAL MATH TRICKS make learning math fun. Use these tricks to help students learn their times tables. This article shows you how to get started with a nifty trick for multiplying numbers by 5.

# Place Value Metaphor

During the summer I get to tutor a lot of elementary age students, remediating them on the basics. Almost invariably I find that these students are confused about PLACE VALUE, and considering how critical this concept is to all of math, I decided to write this post. Whenever I have the least suspicion that a […]

# Multiplication Trick #4: Multiplying Teen Numbers

Believe it or not, THERE IS a quick way to multiply two numbers together when both numbers are “teen” numbers. In other words, you can do a problem like 14 x 18 fast and just in your head. Here’s how ….