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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.

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