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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…

7 Helpful Posts for Teaching Multiplication

Teaching multiplication can take many forms.  Teachers are always finding new and engaging ways of teaching multiplication.  Whether it be using manipulatives, arrays, songs, tips or strategies, there is no one way of teaching multiplication.…

3 Tried and True Ways on How to Teach Multiplication

The gateway to learning algebra and higher forms of mathematics is multiplication.  It is critically important that elementary school children learn the concept of multiplication as well as, just learning the multiplication facts. I am…

How to Use the Compensation Strategy for Addition

What are some of the strategies you teach your students or children to add two and three digit numbers?  Do you use compensation?  Or do you begin teaching with the standard algorithm?  Teaching students to…

Making a Ten is an Important MUST HAVE Mental Math Strategy

Just the other day, I taught a lesson about making a TEN to add sums greater than ten.  For example, with 8 + 6, you could increase the 8 to a 10 and reduce the 6…

5 Helpful Multiplication Videos for Your Students

Most teachers report that students struggle with multiplication fluency.  In fact, the problem is pervasive enough that even my son’s eighth-grade math teacher said the same thing at his Back To School Night presentation to the…

Place Value Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Teaching second grade has given me a much better understanding of how second graders are prepared for third grade.  If you examine the Common Core State Standards for Math, you will see that place value…

Save Time, Money and Your Sanity with Teachers Pay Teachers

What is it that teachers need more of?  Time and money!  There’s never enough time in a day to teach everything we need to teach nor is there sufficient time in the day to prepare…

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…

Comparing Fractions Using Google Slides and Virtual Manipulatives

Now that my students were familiar with comparing and ordering fractions, the next step was to have them comparing fractions using Google Slides.  It is one thing to be able to show how to compare…

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…

Compare Fractions in Simple Ways 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:…

Geometry on Google Slides®

These Interactive Digital Notebooks for Google Slides are now available in my TpT Store!

Click the link BELOW to see the Geometry Books!

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