Teaching the Central Message Part 2

I wanted to make sure that my students had some experience with identifying the central message before trying to figure out the central message of Coyote or any other story we would read.  I thought that maybe…

How to Teach Central Message with Literature

     Our first week back from Winter Break and we started our first unit using literature!  Up until now, the focus has been mostly on non-fiction text in our curriculum units.  This is the…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! I will be posting on the blog soon with a new focus on English Language Arts.  Specifically, teaching the literature standards, including central message!  Stay tuned.

Hands on With the Distributive Property and Multiples of 10

Are you worried if your students can handle using the Distributive Property of Multiplication with larger numbers?  I was!  My students have moved onto multiplying with multiples of 10 (CCSS 3.NBT.A.3).  I continue to use…

Tips and Tricks for the Multiplication Tables

If you’ve been following my blog posts about using a different approach to teaching mathematics, you’re probably wondering what happened next?  I can positively say that the entire experience has been phenomenal.  My students have…

Discovering the Distributive Property of Multiplication

Distributive Property of Multiplication…oh, my! Yes, captain.  Shields up and ready to fire on the Distributive Property of Multiplication. Root canal without Novacaine.  Pins under my fingernails.  Sitting through an insurance seminar.  Those all seem…

Discovering the Properties of Multiplication Properties of Multiplication Flap Book One of the most interesting discoveries we had when teaching “Bansho Style” (see previous posts), is that the students discovered the Commutative Property of Multiplication…

Repeated addition as it relates to multiplication. Part 3 I continued the next day with a lesson on repeated addition.  I posed this question to the students: Making groups of three, what addition sentence could…

Students were given unifix cubes to show how they could be counted quickly. Part 2 The first lesson I tried using the You, You all, We approach involved teaching the concept of equal groups for…

Part 1 So I decided my first in depth blog post will be on math, specifically, teaching the Common Core standards with the Go Math series.  I’ll be upfront:  I am not a fan of…

Hello everyone! And welcome to the grand opening of my blog!  I am very excited to create this blog and share my ideas, resources, lessons, thoughts and experiences.  I created this blog with the mindset…