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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 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...

October 16, 2016

Please note, this is a follow on from the previous post Disappearing Water. The second day of this experiment is great! The students are so excited and are begging to get answers. I tell the students that they will get answers, but first they must step into the role of a scientist. All great scienti...

October 12, 2016

When my students leave school on the Friday afternoon of the very first week, I want each child to want to return to school on Monday. I want my students to feel energized and excited about the upcoming year of learning that will happen in our classroom. My goal is for my students to feel safe and c...

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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