Understanding and memorizing multiplication facts is a prerequisite for 4th grade math. I provide three easy steps to motivate my third graders to become Multiplication Wizards! 1. Understand how … [Read more...]

## Summer Planning!

I have been out of school for about two weeks. Unfortunately (at least during the summer) I am a teacher at a year-round school, so I report back the second week in July. So I have a month left. I … [Read more...]

## How I write answer keys for my math centers

When I was a math student, I loved when my textbooks had answers in the back. If I got a question wrong, I challenged myself to figure out what I did wrong, and more often that experience made for … [Read more...]

## Using Multiplication Beads for Improper Fractions

My 2-3rd graders really love fractions. We make fraction kits, play fraction games, and do a lot of hands-on activities. I really like to challenge them and they seem to rise to the occasion. I gave … [Read more...]

## Algebra for 2nd and 3rd graders

After we learned about money, it's easy and fun to extend that to algebra. My students know that dimes are worth $.10, nickels are worth $.05, and pennies $.01. (At least I hope so.) Anyway I put … [Read more...]