I love using all kinds of manipulatives (beans, counters, fake money, base ten blocks) to help my learners visualize math procedures and concepts. I have a student who loved to use base ten blocks … [Read more...]

## Three Steps to Becoming a Multiplication Wizard!

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...]