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Simple Ways to Compare Fractions with Manipulatives

Before I started teaching my third graders to compare fractions, I wanted to assess what they already knew about fractions.   True story.   I asked my students to write in their journal and complete this sentence:…

Unique Ways to Teach the Central Message of Folktales

For the past few years, I have always taught finding the central message (or moral or lesson) of a story as a separate standard.  But I tried something different and it is working very well…

Energize Your Classroom With an Interactive Digital Notebook

What exactly is an Interactive Digital Notebook? How is it similar to a regular Interactive Notebook? How is an Interactive Digital Notebook used in the classroom?  What are the advantages over the traditional interactive notebooks?…

How to Effectively Use Google Slides in Elementary Grades

So you want to start using Google Slides™ in elementary grades?  But you don’t know where to get started?  You’re also not sure how to use them. Or are you students wasting time trying to…

Think Like a Mathematician – Math is Everywhere!

Why do we have to learn math? A popular question among most students.  Most kids ask this question because they see math as irrelevant.  Something in a textbook that’s not connected to their lives.  We…

Anti-Racism – Fight for Your Rights!

I’m honored to participate in the 22 Days of Anti-Racism Resources for Teachers started by Texas teacher Chrissy Beltran from El Paso, Texas.  This series of blog posts is in response to the murder of…

Practical Back to School Tips to Energize your Year

Just like all the back to school sales, there are lots of teachers offering back to school tips.  But I’ve always felt that advice carries more weight from those with experience.  Those teachers that have…

Teaching Place Value? How NOT to do it Wrong!

If understanding place value means correctly interpreting the value of a digit based on its place in a number, then just having students use a place value chart is probably not enough! Teaching place value…

Word Problems! How to Help Students to Solve Them

Word problems are the bane of every teacher’s existence.  But word problems shouldn’t be! Why? Because life is a word problem.  We use math every day in our lives to solve problems.  Math is about…

No Tricks – Just How to Round on a Number Line

It wasn’t until a few years after the Common Core was adopted in California did I start teaching students how to round on a number line.  Before that, what did I use?   Rounding rhymes, tricks,…

Unitizing? Yes! It’s an Important Big Math Idea

Unitizing is not only a mathematical term, but it’s also a business term.  Have you ever wondered when businesses ship hundreds of boxes, how do they keep track? By unitizing!  The shipping company will unitize…

How to Make a Google Forms Spelling Test

Tired of giving and grading by hand those weekly spelling tests?  Then go digital with Google Forms Quizzes!  Set up a Google Forms spelling test in just 10 quick steps which take about 5 minutes. …

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