Proving Equivalent Fractions with Models

Proving Equivalent Fractions with Models
In 3rd grade, students are expected to generate simple equivalent fractions. Example: 1/2 = 4/8 and 4/6 = 2/3. Models should be used to help students identify equivalent fractions. Sentence strips or strips of paper cut into congruent rectangles can…
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Awesome Math Challenges!

Awesome Math Challenges!
Check out the website MashUp Math for awesome math challenges! These are great way to get students excited about math and stretch their algebraic thinking!
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Comparing Fractions: What’s Important?

Comparing Fractions: What’s Important?
In 3rd grade, students are expected to compare two fractions that have either the same numerator or the same denominator. When comparing fractions, it is important for students to understand the value of the fraction and consider both the numerator…
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Understanding Multiplication

Understanding Multiplication
What is multiplication? Multiplication is when we know the number of groups and the size of the equal groups, but the total amount is unknown. Students are expected to use the actions in a story problem to directly model what…
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Fact Fluency- What is it?

Fact Fluency- What is it?
What is fact fluency? An important goal for third graders is to develop fluency with multiplication and division by the end of the school year. Fact fluency is the ability to think of numbers flexibly and respond accurately in about…
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Rounding with Open Number Lines

Rounding with Open Number Lines
Five or more raise the score, four or less give it a rest! This saying and others similar to it are often used to help students remember how to round numbers. When these students are asked why they rounded 48…
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Concrete-Representational-Abstract

Concrete-Representational-Abstract
What is the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) instructional approach? CRA is a gradual systematic approach to teaching mathematics. Each stage builds on to the previous stage and therefore must be taught in sequence. This three step approach has been found to be…
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Direct Modeling- Why is it Important?

Direct Modeling- Why is it Important?
What is direct modeling? Direct modeling is when students show exactly what is happening in the problem, using manipulatives or pictures, to solve. Direct modeling is a powerful strategy that provides a foundation for the more advanced strategies that follow.…
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Open Number Lines Can Change Your Life!

Open Number Lines Can Change Your Life!
What are open number lines? An open number line starts as a line with no numbers. They can be used as a visual representation for recording thinking during the process of mental computation. Why are open number lines so useful?…
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Seven Reasons Why Anchor Charts Are Incredible!

Seven Reasons Why Anchor Charts Are Incredible!
Anchor charts are essential to the math classroom. These simple posters help students take their thinking to the next level. Here are 7 reasons why anchor charts are incredible! 1. Math anchor charts provide a source of visual reference to…
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How to Get Your Students Talking About Math

How to Get Your Students Talking About Math
Do you find it difficult to get your students to talk about math? Do you feel like the quality of their discussions could improve? Here are four steps that will increase the success of accountable talk in your class! Step…
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The Ultimate Guide to Manipulatives

The Ultimate Guide to Manipulatives
As teachers, we know that manipulatives are vital to helping students develop an understanding of new concepts. We also know that student misuse of manipulatives can easily stress us out. To avoid the feeling of wanting all manipulatives to disappear…
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