• **Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this review.  I was gifted a pencil sharpener to use.  The opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links. Being a teacher, especially a math teacher, I know the importance of having a good pencil sharpener in the classroom.  Too many times, I’ve been supplied “cheap” pencil sharpeners that have the life expectancy of an ant.  Well maybe, a little longer than an ant.  But, you get my point! The pencil sharpeners that are usually supplied by the school are not the greatest.  They don’t last long.  They’re noisy.  And they have a huge appetite for pencils, gnawing on them until there’s nothing…

• **As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made through affiliate links.** School will soon be back in session.  And some students are already dreading math class.  Here is a list of helpful math tools for back to school.  These tools will aid in making math a little more tolerable this school year. Helpful Math Tools Multiplication Table.  Many students struggle with multiplication.  So to have a multiplication table will really be useful as a quick reference. Compass & protractor.  These tools are great for a student in Geometry class.  They assist in drawing perfect angles and circles. Play Money.  For elementary students just learning to count money, the…

• When students are taught how to multiply fractions, they are usually taught the traditional method.  Take the second fraction and use its reciprocal (flip the fraction), and then multiply.  There is a way of dividing fractions easily using cross multiplication.  The math tip of the day will show you how. For example, dividing 3/5 by 1/4.  Multiply 3*4.  This becomes your numerator.  Multiply 1*5,  This becomes your denominator.  Since you would use the reciprocal and flip the second fraction anyway, you’re completing two steps at once (You must multiply numerator of 1st fraction times denominator of 2nd fraction, then numerator of 2nd times denominator of the 1st). You won’t have to…

• Working on math can be strenuous and aggravating at times. So why not lighten up with a little math humor. This joke is a little silly, but I also found it to be funny. Enjoy! What did the zero say to the eight? “Nice belt.” –Compliments of Cortana on my Windows Phone

• Sometimes you have to multiply or divide numbers that have many zeros for digits.  Yes, you can do the traditional thing of multiplying against and dividing into every zero.  That can be time-consuming depending on the number of digits.  Or you can use a simple trick to make it a little easier.   When multiplying, multiply the whole numbers first.  Write down the product.  Then count the total number of zeros in the multiplicand and the multiplier (refer to this post for more information about multiplication).  Add that many zeros to the end of your product and you have your answer.  Ex.  6,000 x 50.  6 x 5 = 30.…

• Understanding integers is one of the hardest things for some students to accomplish.  Positives and negatives.  Who wants to deal with that?  Master integers with these tips. Applying exponents are a way of doing extended multiplication.  Which isn’t really that bad.  But when integers and exponents are combined, things can get tricky.  But don’t stress, it is achievable. 1.  When an exponent is an even number and there is a negative involved, the answer will almost always be positive. Example:  32 = 3 x 3 = 9 (3)2 = 3 x 3 = 9  (-3)2 = -3 x -3 = 9.  This answer is also positive because a negative times a negative equals…

• Independence Day is fast approaching.  I decided to create another graphing activity for the holiday.  You and your kids will have much fun doing this activity while you’re waiting for the barbecue to cook.  Enjoy!   Click here to access your free printable. Check out these other free math printables:  here and here