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...]

## 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...]

## Place Value – Foundation for strong math knowledge

A Place Value Common Core standard, in a variety of digits and numbers, is in every grade from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. So we need to carefully attend to our students understanding of place value. … [Read more...]

## The importance of patterns! or it’s time for a Pattern Party!

Common Core is here, politics aside, the foundations and guiding practices make sense to me, as a enthusiastic math teacher. The complete set of math practices is listed here. But the one I like to … [Read more...]