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Category: Math

Formative Assessments for Elementary Teachers

No matter where or what grade you teach (first grade, fifth grade, or somewhere in between), assessment is likely an ongoing topic of conversation in your school (during staff meetings, school-provided professional development, and performance reviews).  There are so many types of assessments being talked about: Formative, summative, informal, formal,

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5 Math Tools Every Elementary Classroom Teacher Needs

There are so many math tools out there that have the potential to transform your math instruction.  This blog post focuses on 5 of them.  It doesn’t matter if you teach first, second, third, fourth, or fifth grade – you need these tools! This blog post will… suggest 5 math

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How to Teach Subtraction

Not only do elementary students need to have a strong conceptual understanding of subtraction, they also mustbe able to recite subtraction facts by memory, flexibly work with numbers in a subtraction context, and solve real world problems involving subtraction. If this feels overwhelming or you are looking for ideas for teaching subtraction, then

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How to Teach Skip Counting

According to the Common Core, second grade students need to be able to skip count by 5s, 10s, and 100s by the end of the school year. Mastering this skill not only sets them up for success in third grade when they learn multiplication, but also throughout their education and

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How to Teach Addition Facts

Addition is one of those math skills that students need throughout their formal education and life beyond school. By mastering addition math facts, students will be able to confidently approach more complex problems in and out of the classroom. As a result, it is imperative for elementary teachers to support

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How to Teach Place Value

Place value understanding is the core of math. If students do not have a strong conceptual understanding of it, then they will not have the confidence or the skills to be successful in their math education. As a result, it is critical for elementary teachers to help students build a

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How to Teach Rounding

Rounding numbers is taught in third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms across the United States. This blog post is packed with helpful information that will give you the foundation you need to plan and deliver effective math instruction. Read below to learn more! This blog post will… explain why it’s

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How to Teach Number Sense

Elementary school is the most critical time for students to develop a strong number sense. It impacts not only the rest of their math education, but also the rest of their life. Read below to learn more! This blog post will… explain why teaching number sense is important identify the essential understanding of

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How to Teach Fractions

Having taught fractions to third graders for many years, I know how challenging the concept can be. I had used a couple different math curriculums over the years, but they all lacked in several important (and in my opinion necessary) areas. Read on to see if you are missing these

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HOW TO TEACH ROUNDING

Have you ever looked online for ideas for teaching rounding?  I was recently creating a Pinboard specific to rounding to help teachers with the concept. A quick google search delivered an abundance of images of anchor charts with “tricks” for rounding. You’ll find lots of catchy phrases like, “5-9 climb

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Kicking Off Multiplication

One of my favorite parts of being a third grade teacher is teaching multiplication. Mainly because their excitement level is through the roof. This week as part of my MATH Workshop (see here to read more about how I teach math), the students worked on THINGS THAT COME IN GROUPS.

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