Monday, August 1, 2022

Number Card Freebie

Hi everyone,

Get your students fluent with number counting and identifying numerals and written words with this fun freebie.  Click here to download.

Here are 3 pages of numeral and word number cards zero to eleven. There are black/white and colored pages for your games or word wall and an outline coloring page for your center activities or to send home. You can use these cards as a word wall, memory or concentration game, game cards, review, or as a center activity.

I just posted it as a freebie on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Please rate this product after you download it!  Thanks, 
Happy Teaching!

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Skip Counting

  Hello Teachers!

Counting by 2s, 5s, 10s or 100s also known as skip counting is an essential Math skill to teach young children. Skip counting is simply counting by the same number (other than 1) again and again.  Skip counting helps students with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 


Skip counting increases number recognition, number sense and seeing number patterns.  At risk students, ELs and special education students all benefit from having a firm foundation in these Math areas. 


If you have English Learners (ELs) in your classroom skip counting is a great way to work on articulation.  Make sure your ELs are pronouncing the numbers correctly.  Many times the number three is incorrectly pronounced as ‘tree’.  This is the time to make sure that gets corrected! 


Teaching skip counting to students is easy.


Explain that skip counting is when you add the same number over and over.


Start by having students use a number line.  Students choose a number and then add 2 to that number and circle the answer.  Have students add 2 to the answer and repeat.  Students get a visual hands-on model of counting by 2s.


Skip count by 2s, 5s, 10,s your way through transitions.  When lining up for recess or lunch encourage students to join you while you count by 2s.  This is great for practicing skip counting and creating a sense of urgency to save on transition time.


Another fun game to play whole class is ‘Let’s count by’.  Teacher decides on a number to count by. Then the teacher calls out a number and the class responds with the next number. 

Teacher says:  Let’s count by 2

Teacher says: 4

Students say:  6


During distance learning send flipbooks home or have families print them off.  Flipbooks are a super fun way to keep students practicing at home.  During online class time you explain the rationale of skip counting and model on line how to put the books together. Students make their skip count books with you and share their books later with the whole family.


Skip counting flipbooks are great hands-on Math games and activities for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students.  These engaging books work well in math stations, centers, rotations, review, test prep, early or fast finisher activities and more.   Use them with Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 3rd  grade elementary students. With easy differentiated options, they fit a variety of learners. The critical thinking work for enrichment, GATE, or worksheet alternatives for individual kids, small groups or partners.  Great for ELD and ESL.   


If you would like to try our free skip counting by 2s flipbook you can grab yours today here!




Let us know which games and activities you use when teaching students to skip count!





Monday, July 18, 2022

Spanish Math Freebie - Geometría

 Spanish Math Freebie - Geometría

Hello Teachers,

Let's 🙌 celebrate 🙌  July with a Spanish Math Vocabulary freebie. 

These Spanish Geometría vocabulary cards are great hands-on Math games and activities for second, third and fourth grades.

They are easy to use in every situation including math stations, centers, rotations, review, test prep, early or fast finisher activities, and more. 

Use these fun and engaging activities with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade elementary students. 

With easy differentiated options, they fit a variety of learners. 

The critical thinking work for enrichment, GATE, or worksheet alternatives for individual kids, small groups, or partners. 

Great for ELD and ESL

Grab yours today! 

Happy Teaching!

(Year 2, 3, 4). #EarlyElementary#MathGames#Geometry #Geometría#Spanish

Monday, July 11, 2022

Freebie - prefijos de los números

 Hi everyone,

As teachers, we know how important it is to have a firm understanding of prefixes. Research shows the importance of building students’ vocabulary. When students learn and review prefixes they see relationships between and among languages. Many prefixes have a basis in Latin – also the basis for Spanish. Unknown words or new vocabulary can be figured out by students when they use their knowledge of prefixes.

That being said, check out this great freebie:

This 27-page game packet increases your students' abilities to identify number prefixes in Spanish and gain the meaning of unfamiliar words through play. By playing the 3 games included in PREFIJOS DE LOS NUMEROS students become familiar with these great prefixes. They learn that simply understanding and recognizing number prefixes can help them interpret the meaning of unfamiliar words, both mathematical and non-mathematical. 

This game package includes black line masters for:
-Bulletin board number prefix introduction sheets
-Game board
-Game cards
-Concentration cards.
-A variety of games
-Activities to send home
-Easy to use teacher's guides
-Easy game assembly

Check out this site for more games and activities for teaching Math Prefixes in any language!

Math Prefix Activities

Happy Teaching,

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Multiplication Fact Fluency Bundle

Multiplication Fact Fluency Bundle

Summer school is a great time to review areas that students may have struggled with throughout the school year. For several students, multiplication is difficult. So why not give students more practice this summer? 

My Multiplication Fast Facts Bundle features activities with multiplication facts for numbers 0-12. Featuring timed tests with 100 problems per page, tons of games to practice multiplication keywords, a multiplication table, and a graph to chart growth, this resource is just what you need to help students practice multiplication skills. When it comes to ESL learners, teaching vocabulary keywords is so important. The games included with this bundle are not only engaging but also meaningful ways to allow ESL learners to practice using content language for math. Watch as their vocabulary and their confidence rises with these activities.

Freebie Alert!

Looking for ways to supplement for your Spanish-speaking newcomers?

Try this set of 0-1 Multiplication Games in Spanish for FREE. Discover how helpful it is for your Spanish-speaking newcomers to make connections between their first and second language by using this freebie alongside the English bundle. 

Teaching newcomer students content can be intimidating, but don’t take the easy way out by giving them busy work. I challenge you to find ways for them to engage with the content this summer. It just takes baby steps. Feel free to check out any of the resources in my shop or reach out for help. I never mind pointing you in the right direction.

My very best,


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Summer Sale at Fun To Teach from June 21 to June 24

 All Your Favorite Teaching Resources now...on Sale!

June 21st - 24th, 2022

Spanish Verb Games

Looking for ESL Curriculum that will take you through the year with engaging, effective, and time-saving ELA units, games, and activities? Here it is!

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This ELL resource is your solution and provides fluency, parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar for all English language levels. The best part is that we have done the heavy lifting for you! This ESL ELL EFL ELD ELA bundle requires minimal PREP on your end!

✅ To make things even better it will be on sale from June 21 st through the 24th along with all the resources in my TPT store. You can save another 20% during this sale! ✅

Are you looking for something new to jazz up your teaching toolbox?

Check out all our elementary resources. If you are looking for Verb GamesEnglish Newcomer resourcesSentence StartersMathWord WallsSpanish Math & Spanish Verb Games, or a year-long ESL curriculum you are at the right place. Let me help you engage your students and make your prep easy.

If you teach English learners, I have a great bundle for you!

Intermediate English Language Learner Bundle!

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This engaging intermediate K-5 English language level bundle is packed with essential EFL, ESL, and ELD activities for your English Language Learners (ELLs).

The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners.

✅ To make things even better it will be on sale from June 21 st through the 24th along with all the resources in my TPT store. You can save another 20% during this sale! ✅

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Happy Teaching!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Teaching Place Value

 Hi everyone!

I recently watched a group of students playing a computer game that featured place value.  Watching them play the game I observed who easily played through the levels and who had trouble advancing.  As a teacher, my mind went to task analyzing what was needed as a foundation in order to understand place value.  

With that in mind here is a checklist to determine if students have the necessary skills to understand place value.  

If students don’t have these skills, STOP and teach these essential building blocks to understanding place value, or your students will struggle with this cornerstone of mathematics throughout the year.

1.  Fluency in stating, identifying, reading and writing digit names

a.    Mastery requires modeling and repeated practice/drill

2.  Comprehension of digit value

a.    Mastery requires modeling and repeated practice/drill

3.   Counting and comprehension of quantity of groups (skip counting by 2, 5, 10)

a.  Mastery requires modeling and repeated drill

4.  Representing groups of numbers

a.  Mastery requires modeling and repeated practice to develop understanding and the ability to reason with that understanding

5.  Firm understanding of the columns on a place value chart and what each column represents.

a.  Mastery requires modeling and repeated practice to develop understanding and the ability to reason with that understanding

Young students can develop a strong understanding of place value when teachers assess their knowledge base before diving into place value.  Make sure your students have the foundation they need to create a strong knowledge of place value.

When you are sure your students have mastery of the above elements, move on to place value and watch them zoom!

Happy Teaching!

Fun to teach has a variety of games and activities to help build these essential math skills in young mathematicians.
Reading 2 Digit numbers
Addition 0-19

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