How to Teach Adding and Subtracting Decimals How do you teach adding and subtracting decimals in upper elementary or middle school math? In 6th grade

### Middle School Classroom Routines to Begin Class

Beginning of Class Routines What do the classroom routines to begin class look like in your middle school classes?   Do your students enter the

### Using Doodle Wheel Graphic Organizers for Math and ELA

Note-Taking in Upper Elementary and Middle School How much do your math and ELA students love taking notes?! What’s your favorite method for taking notes

### Emergency Sub Plans for Middle School Math

Emergency sub plans for middle school math!  Do you have emergency sub plans? Will you need them?  Chances are good that you WILL need them! Your

### Fraction Review Activity: Fraction Krypto

Have you played the math game, Krypto? This fraction activity is fantastic for problem solving, reasoning, and practicing fraction operations skills. I think your students

### Six Quick and Easy Winter Activities for Middle School Math

You’ve only got a week or so with your middle school math students before the winter break begins….and schedule changes mean you’ll miss a couple

### Making the Most of Your 40-Minute Math Class

Using Your Time Efficiently for an Effective Math Class Having the perfectly-run, efficient and effective math class….that’s been my goal, year after year. Somehow, in

### Math Centers in Middle School

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### Decimal Operations Practice With Number Puzzles

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### Playing Fraction War: A Fraction Card Game for Upper Elementary and Middle School Math

Easy-prep Card Game to Practice Comparing Fractions This is a repost from 2013, transferred from my previous blog:-) Some students finally got to play ‘Fraction

### Teaching Fraction, Decimal, Percent Conversions Math Wheel

What approach do you use for  teaching fraction, decimal, percent conversions? I’ve found that one of the best ways to teach these concepts is to

### How To Foster a Positive Math Mindset

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Welcome to Cognitive Cardio Math! I’m Ellie, a wife, mom, grandma, and dog ‘mom,’ and I’ve spent just about my whole life in school! With nearly 30 years in education, I’ve taught:

• All subject areas in 4th and 5th grades
• Math, ELA, and science in 6th grade (middle school)

I’ve been creating resources for teachers since 2012 and have worked in the elearning industry for about five years as well!