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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....

November 20, 2016

I am writing a quick post about a program I just came across during my weekly listen to the Science Friday podcast (also broadcast on NPR at 2:00pm every Friday). If you don’t listen to Science Friday I highly recommend it. The topics are wide ranging but essentially there is something for everyone....

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...

October 11, 2016

Number lines can be a real pain to make with all the lines and notches and having to match them up. After I built some custom lines for my class, I shared them in my store on TeachersPayTeachers! These can be used to teach addition, subtraction, rounding, or even fractions! I have found that number...

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