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 Stock Up: Get to know you activities

The first week or so can be stressful for both teachers and students. One way I can feel more prepared as a teacher is to have a lot of fun ice breaker games and activities. One, that was a big hit … [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...]

## Data and Graphs to Engage Learners

I stumbled across this website full of fun articles, especially full of data and graphs that students would find fascinating, like "Why Thieves Steal Soap" and "The Lifecycle of a Stolen Bicycle." … [Read more...]

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