Reasoning About Division

Reasoning About Division
Checkout how this 4th grade teacher uses the number routine "Number Strings" to engage students in meaningful mathematical discourse as they build their understanding of how to find whole number quotients using strategies based on place value, MAFS.4.NBT.2.6. Through her…
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Sense Making and Multiplication

Sense Making and Multiplication
Checkout this video from www.teachingchannel.org to see students build fact fluency as they discover how 1-digit multiplication can help with 2- and 3-digits, too. This is a great example of students engaging in "SMP 7: Look for and make use…
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Are your 4th graders still struggling with their basic facts?

Are your 4th graders still struggling with their basic facts?
While the 3rd grade standard MAFS.3.OA.3.7 states, "By the end of grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.", this is, unfortunately, not always the case. There are often 4th grade students who are attempting to build…
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Multiple Multi-digit Multiplication Strategies

Multiple Multi-digit Multiplication Strategies
MAFS.4.NBT.2.5 states that 4th graders should be able to: Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations Illustrate…
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Modeling Multiplicative Comparison

Modeling Multiplicative Comparison
Using simple bar models, often referred to as the "Singapore method", to represent the mathematical relationships in comparison word problems helps students organize their thinking to more easily make sense of the problems and generate equations. Drawing bar models provides…
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4th Grade Math Homework 101

4th Grade Math Homework 101
What are the benefits of homework? • Students: deepens understanding and solidifies concepts learned in class. • Parents: communicates what students are learning; an opportunity for parents to help their child. • Teachers: provides feedback about what students have previously…
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Promoting Precise Mathematical Language

Promoting Precise Mathematical Language
Why teach math vocabulary? The Standards for Mathematics emphasize that mathematically proficient students communicate precisely to others; however, the language of mathematics can often be confusing. Lack of knowledge of math vocabulary can hinder achievement. What makes math vocabulary different…
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Distributed Practice – What’s the point?

Distributed Practice – What’s the point?
Sure, you’ve probably heard “distributed practice” mentioned by your math coach or in a math training, or you’ve seen that hyperlinked arrow on the second slide of each GCG PowerPoint…but you may have found yourself asking, “What’s the point of…
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How do we find and fill the holes? – A Mathematics Learning Trajectory Tool

How do we find and fill the holes? – A Mathematics Learning Trajectory Tool
While the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) were designed to incorporate the 3 major shifts of focus, coherence and rigor, it can be easy to get so focused on a grade level, that the coherence across grade levels can get lost.…
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