Math Curse Activities

Math Curse activities engage students in mathematical thinking, envisioning, reframing, connections, and more! The diverse set of activities are great for differentiated instruction, and support English Language Arts and Math. 

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Grades 2-5

50 pages

50 pages

Grades 2-5


Inspire young readers to reframe mathematical beliefs and self-talks with Math Curse activities. These low and no-prep activities engage students in English Language Arts skills making connections and writing. The included Math activities encourage students to write and solve word problems, solve logic puzzles, and practice measurement skills. 

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • text to world connections
  • sentence writing
  • creative writing
  • parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives)
  • story theme
  • speaking skills
  • writing skills
  • math survey
  • addition and subtraction word problems and logic puzzles
  • shape logic puzzles
  • fraction word problems and craft
  • multiplication word problems and craft
  • division word problems
  • measurement (gallon, quart, pint, cup, ounce) word problems
  • reflect on and respond to discussion questions and writing prompts

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken. Buy the book.

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