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Comparing Fractions with Manipulatives and Math Talk

In  Part 1 of How to Compare Fractions, I explained how I used fraction strips to have students explore fraction sizes.  Comparing fractions and their sizes visually helped my students establish a benchmark fraction of…

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:…

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…

3 Effective Ways to Teach Geometry Vocabulary

See how I teach the geometry vocabulary through hands-on manipulatives, kinesthetic moves and technology use. Do you remember sitting in your high school geometry class looking through your notes and textbook trying to remember which…

Wednesday Window Into My Class: Comparing Fractions

Let’s face it, fractions are hard.  And it is very hard for 8 year olds to conceptually see fraction sizes to compare them.  So what’s a teacher to do?  Bring out the manipulatives! I am…

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