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Graph Paper Math Intervention

Don’t overlook graph paper if your students are struggling with math! It’s an effective yet often overlooked way to scaffold, differentiate, and help students master arithmetic.

A simple sheet of graph paper can improve students’ math arithmetic skills for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. – And fractions, decimals, equations, and most 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

Reminding students of the importance of legible handwriting and the alignment of numbers when dealing with mathematics is essential for success. But the use of graph paper can go beyond math.

Graph paper is also a great alternative for creative writing projects, handwriting practice, and spelling tests; it’s truly a multi-purpose tool. Plus, its uniqueness makes it a hit among students!

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

In special education classrooms, graph paper is a staple item and an effective intervention. It’s cost-efficient, easy to use, and easily available, which makes it an ideal support for those suffering from 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 these online printable graph papers:  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!

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

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