That title is so spectacularly bland I need to put some salt or pepper or SOMETHING to spice it up a bit, but I am just too.dang.tired.  Ever feel that way? I am like the Little Engine That Could, “One more day, one more day, one more day!”

I have a bunch of cute math ideas that I have collected over the past few weeks and I wanted to post them here.  Some of the idea I created and many of the ideas my teammates created.


The first idea is one to show the relationship between division and multiplication.  We did this right after I introduced fact families whole group and completed these small group to reinforce it.  My kids got it so quickly that I was amazed.  Students were given a piece of 9 x 12 construction paper to write the Essential Question and I stapled a two flap book on the bottom. They used small stickers to create an array of any size of their choice.  Then under the multiplication flap they wrote both the multiplication sentences (they turned the paper to show the array another way- commutative property, anyone 🙂 ?) and the two division sentences under the division flap. 

I did NOT come up with this super cute idea.  One of my teammates did.  Students created their own secret number decoders by cutting out a flap on the bottom side of the paper and then folding the paper in half and gluing it (carefully) together.  Then they created their “code” and solved it.  They finished up by writing the secret number under the flap.  Neat, huh?
I *did* do this activity, but I did NOT create it.  My next door neighbor did it as well and I loved her take on it!  Students were given Christmas tree cut outs and given the directions to decorate the tree with 16- 21 ornaments of their choice.  It could look any way they wanted- as long as it only had 16- 21 ornaments.  Then the teacher used the trees to introduce the line plot graph by graphing the number of ornaments on the tree. Simple, cute lesson.  HOWEVER, my teammate took it to another level by having her students brainstorm questions- I only did mine orally :(- and then writing it on a sentence strip.  The students answered their question and folded over the end of the sentence strip to create a “door” hiding the answer!  So cute- and kid friendly!
The last activity is one I did come up with.  We are studying geometry .  I put up a small Christmas tree and gave students paper ornaments cut from the Ellison die cut machine.  Students wrote a geometric term and a picture.  It is tied to the standards and perfectly seasonal! I love it!!! Normally the tree is plug in and lit up, but I had already unplugged it.  I was way to lazy to bend over and plug it in again for a a picture!

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Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website ( and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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