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# Math Tip: Use Different Types Of Paper

We recently shared a post containing some math tools to help students with note-taking, order of operations, solving word problems, and working with integers. Today, we are sharing a math tip for how students can use different types of paper to make math more manageable.

## 1. Lined Paper

Lined paper is the old standby for math. Obviously, this is what you’ll find in most notebooks.

Here are a few ways that you can use lined paper to organize math notes and complete homework assignments.

• Divide your lined paper into different sections: formulas, key terms, examples, steps to solve, etc.
• Dry a line down the middle of the page, and then use one side for work and the other for solutions.
• Turn the paper horizontally and use the lines as columns. Columns are great for multiplying larger numbers or adding/subtracting decimals because it helps prevent numbers from losing their place values. ## 2. Graph Paper

Graph paper is not just for graphing!

As with lined paper, graph paper can help numbers keep their place values (as described above). Here are a few more suggestions for using graph paper:

• Use the boxes to keep numbers lined up in long division.
• Provide a visual for multiplication problems by drawing rectangles.
• Draw out perimeter and area.
• Create graphs, charts, and number lines.

## 3. Dot Paper

Dot paper can function like a two dimensional geo-board, or try one of the following applications:

• Draw (and compare) geometric shapes.
• Find lines of symmetry.
• Take math notes and use the dots as bullet points.

## 4. Colored Paper

Using different colored paper can also help students organize and visualize what they learn in math class.

• Use different colors for learning math facts. (example: multiples of 3 = red, multiples of 4 = blue, etc.)
• Build fractions using different colors to show a whole and its parts
• If white paper is the only color available, try using colored pens instead.

### And now, see some of these paper techniques in action!

(Video by Mike Bitanga) 