I like giving my students a chance to summarize our learning in a meaningful way. At the beginning of the year I give each student a spiral bound blank dictionary. As we finish up a math topic, we … [Read more...]

## Real Life Area Project – Ms. Terra Cotta Tile Company

I like to make math as real as possible. My 4-5th graders are studying geometry and most recently area and perimeter. Here is a fun and real activity that is a tradition in my class that my new … [Read more...]

## Whiteboard Discussion – Fractions

At the beginning of a new math topic, during the exploration, and again at the end I like to have class discussions to check in on our learning and progress. We just gather at the class whiteboard … [Read more...]

## Place Value – What Comes Next?

I spend a lot of time teaching Place Value. Typically we focus on ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands in 2-3rd grade. But I like to challenge them to go beyond. So they made a ten thousand bar (see my … [Read more...]

## Fact Family Frenzy

I used to teach fact families in a standard way, thinking to myself that fact families are like a grammar lesson for math. But more recently I have added various games and activities to make learning … [Read more...]