## How to Teach the Area of Irregular Shapes

My class has been learning to find the area of shapes for a few weeks now.  But now it was time to move on to find the area of irregular shapes.  So far, my students…

## Distributive Property of Multiplication – How To Break It Down

Did you ever think that as a third-grade teacher or even as an elementary teacher you would be teaching the Distributive Property of Multiplication?  When I started teaching over 30 years ago, there weren’t even…

## How to Teach Algebraic Thinking with the Distributive Property

Last year was the first year I had to teach under the Common Core math standards.  Under the Common Core standards for third grade math is this doozy of a standard:  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5  Teaching the Distributive Property…

## 2 Facts About Teaching Area

Just count the squares! Are you teaching your class to find the area of shapes?  There are various ways to teach it, but an effective way to teach area is to use what they already…

## Getting Smart with the Distributive Property Ninja Style

Soon my students will be taking the Math portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) in May.  So I thought we should revisit the Distributive Property of Multiplication (DPM) since it’s been awhile since we…