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March 15, 2017

In third grade one of the biggest mathematical goals is for students to master their multiplication and division basic facts within 100. No problem, right? Wrong! This is a big demand and students must not only know how to solve basic problems such as 7 x 3 = ? but they are also expected to solve pr...

January 22, 2017

As I said in a previous blog Fractions in Third Grade, fractions are an abstract concept. I always start with concrete learning so that students can start to explore concepts and build learning through their own discoveries rather than teacher-driven instruction. 

At this point in the third grade lea...

January 17, 2017

I’m going to be honest, the first time I saw some of the “new methods” for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions I was utterly confused. I kept thinking to myself, you have to do what? What happened to simply keeping the first fraction the same, change the division symbol to multi...

January 16, 2017

Ugh! Number lines are tricky. Students always seem to have a difficult time understanding this concept. Here are some strategies and resources you can use to help support student learning.

1. Cuisenaire Rods

Using cuisenaire rods are a great way to help students develop their understanding of fraction...

January 11, 2017

There are so many incredible ways to teach fractions. Using manipulatives, visual models, number lines, and then of course the favorite in my classroom is using food! Fractions are challenging for many students to grasp so I find the more real-life I can make it, the better student learning will be....

December 13, 2016

If you are looking for a way to infuse current events into the informational texts you introduce to students, then try out Newsela. Newsela is a website which provides articles at various reading levels that can be shared directly with students via Google Classroom or Google Drive. It is a wonderful...

December 8, 2016

In third grade, the students learn the difference between physical features and human-made features. Learning begins with just looking at a set of pictures and discussing what they notice and what the images might have in common. Then they look at another set of pictures and have the same conversati...

December 2, 2016

The moment students groan when a lesson is over and beg for more time makes my heart happy. Today interest was piqued and the students were invested in their learning of Maryland geography. I couldn’t be happier because I know when I was in elementary school I groaned at the thought of starting a ge...

October 23, 2016

My classroom library is a very important part of my classroom. Over the years, I have either received or purchased nearly 300 books for my classroom library and it continues to grow each year (stay tuned for how I organize and manage these books in my Class Library post). Needless to say, I am const...

October 17, 2016

I know one of the most dreaded concepts in math is solving word problems. I remember growing up and groaning any time a teacher would present word problems for us to solve. Solving word problems is hard! It requires students to be able to read, comprehend, analyze, form strategies and solve. There’s...

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