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Graph Paper Math Intervention

Looking for a quick, easy, tried and true differentiation strategy for improving your students’ math computation skills? Look no further – a simple sheet of graph paper can improve students’ math arithmetic skills for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division! – And fractions, decimals, equations, and pretty much any other types of math!

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Graph Paper to the Rescue!

This simple sheet of graph paper can do so much to help students.

Sheet of graph paper helps students in math

I probably don’t even need to remind you that keeping numbers lined up and legible is absolutely critical to success in math. Students simply must have legible handwriting and good alignment to keep numbers in columns. 

Benefits of graph paper

  • Alignment of Numbers and Columns        
  • Neatness and Number Size – improves graphomotor skills (skills needed for writing).  
  • Handwriting (penmanship) and number formation        
  • Effective for visual learners and visual discrimination
  • Organized Writing = Organized Thinking

Outside of math, graph paper can help students with story writing, penmanship, and spelling; you name it! Plus, since it’s something different, students love the novelty of writing on a different type of paper. 

Graph paper is a staple resource and intervention in many special education classrooms. It’s a cheap, simple, and easy-to-implement accommodation for students with dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and dyslexia.

You’ll have to experiment with the different sizes of graph paper available. Many kinds of graph paper are available online that can be printed for instant use.

Try this online printable graph paper:  Style #1,  Style #2,  Style #3.

Graph Paper Alternative

If you don’t have any graph paper handy, try this trick:

Use a sheet of lined paper sideways!

Lined paper for number alignment - graph paper is a great accommodation and intervention for students. Improves writing which leads to improved math skills and arithmetic skills - also neater handwriting and penmanship!

Quick, easy hack for organizing columns

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

No-Prep Graph Paper Math

Check out the No-Prep multiplication and division graph paper sets – ready to print – from Teachers Pay Teachers.



2-Digit by 1-Digit Division

This mega-pack contains 11 different Multiplication and Division Graph Paper Resources to save you Valuable time!


multiplication and long division graph paper teaching bundle of resources at Teachers Pay Teachers


FREE Multiplication Graph Paper Set!

Now it’s time for the reward! I hope you and your students LOVE this FREE SAMPLE! If you and your class love it enough, I hope you’ll stop at my store and check out my other graph paper resources – I use them in my class, and they work!

multiplication on graph paper worksheets for 2-digit multiplication and single digit multiplication

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