YouCubed Classroom Math(s) Posters

YouCubed Classroom Math(s) Posters
So she says maths, we say math, but I think we can both agree there are some pretty great ideas coming from Jo Boaler and YouCubed math at Stanford University.  The newest resource YouCubed has released is a set of…
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Getting to know your students

Getting to know your students
The first days of school are great for getting first impressions of your new students. Collecting information from students is interesting and fun when they are given open ended sentences to complete. You can gain insight on their personality (i.e.…
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Solving with Multiple Methods

Solving with Multiple Methods
If you are familiar with the Common Core Progressions documents, you may recognize the name Bill McCallum. He is a Common Core Standards author as well as an author of the Progressions. He frequently posts to the site Common Core…
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Dividing Fractions for Understanding

Dividing Fractions for Understanding
Student understanding of dividing with fractions is usually regulated to something to the effect of, "You need to flip the fraction and you need to multiply." As a teacher, I am usually excited if students can even recall that information.…
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Are your students “Number Shoppers” instead of “Problem Solvers”? Try numberless word problems!

Are your students “Number Shoppers” instead of “Problem Solvers”?  Try numberless word problems!
"Number Shoppers"....we've all encountered them: students who just plow through a story problem, pulling numbers out as if they were just grabbing their favorite snacks off the shelf and tossing them into a shopping cart; no regard for the value…
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Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th Grade Relating Fractions to Decimals

Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th Grade Relating Fractions to Decimals
Digging deeper into decimal fractions? ...there is a CAP for that! View the "Train the Trainer" video on "Relating Fractions to Decimals" below to ensure that your instruction has truly met the depth of the 4th grade MAFS standards. Yes,…
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Inside Mathematics Illuminates the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Inside Mathematics Illuminates the Standards for Mathematical Practice
Do you ever find it difficult to to wrap your head around what each of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice might look like in your specific grade level? Or do you struggle with how to incorporate the SMPs into…
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Reboot Your Regrouping Reteach!

Reboot Your Regrouping Reteach!
What is the one math concept that you still feel students have not quiet mastered in second grade? "Regrouping," you say. Well before you pull another small group to line up place values and regroup to the tens, consider rebooting…
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Math Journaling in Kindergarten

Math Journaling in Kindergarten
Check out this video on using Math Journal in Kindergarten as a tool for informal formative assessment!
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Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th grade Equivalent Fractions

Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th grade Equivalent Fractions
Students struggling with using fraction models to explain WHY two fractions are equivalent? ...there is a CAP for that! View the "Train the Trainer" video on "Equivalent Fractions" below to ensure that your instruction has truly met the depth of…
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3 Strategies to Keep Math Convo Moving

3 Strategies to Keep Math Convo Moving
Most of us have some "go-to" questions to initiate math conversations..."How did you get that?" "Did anyone solve it another way?" "Does anyone disagree and why?"... But what do we do when that conversation dies out before our students discuss…
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Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th Grade Division

Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th Grade Division
Looking to build your content knowledge of 4th grade division strategies? YES...there is a CAP for that! View the "Train the Trainer" video on "Division Strategies" below to ensure that your instruction has truly met the depth of the 4th…
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Nervous about Number Talks? Now is the time to give them a try!

Nervous about Number Talks?  Now is the time to give them a try!
You most likely have heard the buzz about number talks, but the pressure of state testing may have had you feeling like you didn't have the time to implement them in your classroom...well no more excuses! The Mathematics Florida Standards,…
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Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th Grade Multi-Digit Multiplication

Connecting Academics and Parents- 4th Grade Multi-Digit Multiplication
Have you checked out the CAP Parent Trainings on the Elementary Mathematics Icon? Don't worry....it's not too late! While it is true that these trainings were designed with parents in mind, each training also has an accompanying "Train the Trainer"…
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Building Math Talk

Building Math Talk
As part of the Standards for Mathematical Practice, students should be able to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Check out the video below to think about how the Same or Different task can be used in…
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Assessing Mathematical Fluency

Assessing Mathematical Fluency
It is the end of the school year. You've spent time and energy teaching various math concepts so that your students have a conceptual understanding of content. Students in your class have explored foundations of operations using concrete models and…
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Stop Perpetuating Math Anxiety

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I assure you that mine are greater.” – Albert Einstein Are teachers increasing students’ anxiety levels in mathematics, especially as state testing approaches? Teachers may very well be swelling the negative feelings…
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Subitizing and Shapes

Subitizing and Shapes
Check out this video by Graham Fletcher on connecting subtizing and geometry! https://gfletchy.com/fresh-ideas/
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Using 5 frames to build fluency

Using 5 frames to build fluency
By the end of Kindergarten, students are required to fluently add and subtract within 5. Throughout the year, students have built conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction through joining and separating situations. They've also have ample experience working with Five…
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Multiplying Decimals 3 Act Task

Multiplying Decimals 3 Act Task
Earlier this year, students built conceptual understanding of multiplication of whole numbers and decimals and multiplication of decimals by decimals. They used concrete models and grid paper to model the multiplication to find the product. The standard, MAFS.5.NBT.2.7, requires students…
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