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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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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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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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13 rules that expire in Math!

13 rules that expire in Math!
Have you ever heard someone say, "When you multiply, your product is always greater than your factors", "When you divide, your quotient is always less than your dividend and divisor." Are these statements always true? Are we inadvertently teaching misconceptions…
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Joining and separating….using actions to understand addition and subtraction

Joining and separating….using actions to understand addition and subtraction
According to MAFS.K.OA.1.1, students in kindergarten are required to, "Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations." They are also required to, "Solve addition and subtraction word…
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Make a Ten Card Game

Make a Ten Card Game
MAFS.K.OA.1.4, states that, "For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation." A fun game…
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Using real world math to build an understanding of addition and subtraction concepts!

Using real world math to build an understanding of addition and subtraction concepts!
Students are naturally inquisitive and observant! Why not use these characteristics to teach new concepts! One-way to utilize students problem solving abilities is through Three-Act-Tasks. Three-Act-Tasks allows students to draw on their natural noticing’s and wonderings! The Three-Act-Tasks consist of:…
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The struggle can be real when subtracting!

The struggle can be real when subtracting!
Do you have students in third, fourth, or fifth grade that are struggling with subtraction? Chances are, they missed the concrete phase of modeling subtraction with regrouping. This skill is extremely valuable as per the Mathematics Florida Standards, students in…
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Progression of Addition and Subtraction

Progression of Addition and Subtraction
The Progression of Addition and Subtraction is a wildly discussed topic in elementary schools. It is important that we do not rush students' understanding of the operations. Learning should be anchored in the foundational understanding of joining and separating situations,…
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Teach for Understanding

Teach for Understanding
Check out this quick video on teaching concepts through concrete and pictorial models to increase understanding.
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Preparing for Computer Based Testing

Preparing for Computer Based Testing
Check out this quick video on preparing for Computer Based Testing.
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Counting to 100

Counting to 100
According to the standard, MAFS.K.CC.1.1, students are required to, "Count to 100 by ones and by tens." During the school day, there are many opportunities for students to practice rote counting such as: Counting the number of chairs in the…
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Should I take the road less traveled?

Should I take the road less traveled?
We've all heard the saying, "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line." Last week, as I was walking around a school, I thought to myself, is that saying true? Are there certain routes within a school building…
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Money, money, money!

Money, money, money!
Like most people, for my New Year resolution, I resolved to save more money!!! To accomplish this, I plan to save all my dimes in a Mason jar "bank." My goal is to fill the mason jar completely! Your task…
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Where is the Math?

Where is the Math?
What math do you see in this picture? According to the Standards for Mathematical Practices, "Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations." How might students make sense of the quantities in this picture? What…
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Resetting expectations while reinforcing Math after Winter Break

Resetting expectations while reinforcing Math after Winter Break
Ahhh you had two weeks off for Winter Break and you are returning refreshed and ready to kick off the 2017 school year! Pretty soon 18 little minds will reenter your classroom! 17 days off of school means that it…
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Still struggling with counting?

Still struggling with counting?
Are your students still struggling with One to one correspondence? Check out this quick Origo One video! https://youtu.be/dvyLUpE6o7A
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Lots and lots of lights!

Lots and lots of lights!
As I was driving home the other night I noticed this beautiful display of lights and it got me thinking about...Math! Math is all around us….especially this time of year, so why not have a little fun with math in…
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