A few faves:
05282010, 02:11 PM


For negative numbers  Less Than Zero is a picture book about a little penguin who wants to buy an ice scooter and goes into debt to do so. Fab. resource.
For fractions, I love Funny and Fabulous Fraction Stories. It's a teacher resource book from Scholastic and will help teach all the skills related to fractions, and it really is funny! You need to add in some of the organization aspects in order to keep multistep problems straight (like adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators).
For factors, google The Factor Game online. It's a fun way to review factors of a number. I usually show my kids how to play with the computer, then use copied pages that are laminated for partner play in class.
For algebra  Hands on Equations is the best thing out there, in my opinion. If you don't have that system, see if you can get your principal to buy it. Kids each have a paper scale and a baggie of pawns (like Sorry! pieces) and cubes. Each pawn in a variable, so this:
pawn + pawn + pawn = 6
really means 3x=6.
Also, if you have Smart Technology there are tons of lessons on so many topics online.
Good luck to you!! Teaching all those concepts to 10 year olds isn't easy... but it can still be a lot of fun!
I'm going to try to attach the HW Helper that I send to parents each year too. If you'd like the Microsoft Publisher version, PM me.
