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Mental math resources aren’t always easy to find. That’s where this bundle is ready to help (here’s the TPT link). This collection of 25 games and activities is perfect for helping students break away from the pencil and calculator and start doing math all in their head. Just like a well oiled machine, you need to keep your pupils brains working, moving to retain what they learn.

With this selection of mental math games, you will be able to grow your curriculum and expand your reach to all your students without the help of calculators and apps. By incorporating several modes of learning and several different aspects of teaching, your students will experience fun course strategies and guided mental math development.

This bundle also gives them hands-on mentoring and support while participating in group settings. They’ll learn everything that has to do with mental addition, subtraction multiplication & division skills. Students will benefit from the mental math strategies that come from combining mental math activities with mental math games.

This bundle of 25 printable mental math games and activities gives a variety of options in many different styles of teaching, to accommodate diverse learning preferences and busy teaching schedules. The package provides an entertaining and flexible opportunity to increase learning proficiency while improving retaining quality and quantity.

This is our most comprehensive mental math bundle package. It helps increase the understanding of how to answer all four operations mentally.

Whether you want goofy games or grade wise activities, Mental Math has multiple options and services to meet your teaching needs. It offers the best group and solo activities and games, designed to make your classroom more productive.

These fun mental math game are great for training students brains. Not only are they visual aids that they can take on-the-go, they are adaptable to most grade levels. Check out all the options from basic operations to number patterns, multiplication to division, fractions to percent’s and rounding to word problems. This bundle option is a great way for you to help students to improve their math skills with the ability to not only rely on a calculator but use the strongest tool, their brain.

Get the best for your classroom and save money. The Mental Math Bundle is available for purchase and immediate digital download.

They say it’s all in your head. Well this time, it really is!

This product is ideally designed for homeschoolers, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th and 7th grade.

You can download these 25 Mental Math activities and games

Here’s a few more mental math Activities included in this Bundle:

Fast Multiplication Facts

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Do the students in your class need review of their basic multiplication facts? You may not think of multiplication facts as mental math, but each time a student is asked for a fact, he or she has to go through the following steps: 1) What fact is my teacher asking for? 2) Do I remember that fact? 3) Student pauses for a ½ second. 4) The answer to that multiplication fact is ______. I think I know the answer (and I didn’t have to use a calculator or count with my fingers or toes!) 5) Teacher, the answer to 6 x 8 = 48. I got it right! This fun game will give kids another way to practice their facts and make their ability to provide the answers to multiplication facts more automatically. Divide your class into teams of three and give each team a deck of cards with the face cards removed. Give each team a number to use as a factor. They will keep that factor until they go through their entire stack of cards. Let’s say you give the first team the factor 7 to work with. Two players will play against each other and the third member of the team will keep a record so that everything is fair and square! Player 1 turns over the 6 of diamonds. He or she multiplies 6 times the constant factor of 7 and gets the answer 42. Player 2 turns over the 9 of hearts. He or she multiples 9 times the constant factor of 7 and gets the answer 63. Since Player 2 had the largest product, he or she collects all four cards for that round. In the event of a draw, which would happen if the players turned over the same number in different suits, they simply choose again. Whoever wins that round takes all 8 cards. The rounds continue in this fashion until all the cards in the deck are used. The player in each team who collects the most cards wins.

10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less

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Logo_As adults we forget that just quickly finding the answer for 10 more or 10 less than a specific number can be a feat of mental gymnastics for children. For your first or second grade class this is a great way to get their mental juices going.

Write a number at the board and let them give you the number that is 10 more. Then have them provide the number that is 10 less than the original number. After they’ve practiced this a number of times, it’s time to bring the numbers up to three digits and for each number have them come up with 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less of the number you begin with.

Also, giving them the number by speaking it will be much more difficult for them than seeing the written number. If you say “Three hundred fifty-seven,” they need to translate it to 357 in numbers before they can begin their process of mental math. Even more mental agility will be required if you say the number and instead of having them speak their answers, have them write their answers on a worksheet. They should find their answers using mental math– no fingers or calculators!

If you supply a worksheet, have students do this once a week as a warm-up and keep making the time shorter and shorter. As long as you keep it for fun and not for testing, they’ll enjoy being timed and doing it as fast as possible!

Grocery Money

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With CartsIt’s time to use rounding and mental math at the grocery store. Tell each student that they have $100 to spend. You’re now going to tell them exactly what they are spending as you “walk” aisle by aisle in the grocery store.

First they buy bananas at $3.70 for 5 pounds. They buy 10 pounds for their pet monkey.

Next they buy 5 pounds of steak for $9.95 per pound.

Next they buy a whole turkey for $1.55 per pound. The turkey weighs 20 pounds.

$3.70 (round to $4.00 per 5 lbs) so they have spent $8 for 10 pounds
$9.95 (round to $10 per pound for 5 lbs) so far $50 spent plus $8 from before, $58 spent in total
$1.55 (round to $2 per pound for 20 lbs) so the turkey costs $40, plus $58 already spent comes to $98

You can adjust the difficulty of this exercise by the types of items you tell the students they are buying.

Another way to extend this exercise is to offer the students items with purchase prices and have them come up with a grocery list for what they can buy. The student who comes up with a grocery list that’s as close as possible to $100 without going over $100 wins.

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