Math Grades 3-5

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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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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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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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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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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FREE Common Core Aligned Online Interactive Math Practice

FREE Common Core Aligned Online Interactive Math Practice
Checkout these two FREE interactive websites for additional math practice: www.tenmarks.com and www.frontrowed.com Both websites allow you to set up a free teacher account. You can then enter in your student roster, assign specific standards-based practice to each student, and…
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Keeping Math Fun During and After Testing

Keeping Math Fun During and After Testing
Checkout this quick and easy read "Tips to Keep Math Fun During Testing" from the tenmarks.com blog.
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5th grade HCTM Problem of the Month Winner February Edition!

5th grade HCTM Problem of the Month Winner February Edition!
Congratulations to the 5th grade winner of the Problem of the Month competition for February! There was more than 1,000 students that entered to win. The winner is Millay from Ms. Cannella's classroom at Mitchell Elementary!
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3rd grade HCTM Problem of the Month Winner February Edition!

3rd grade HCTM Problem of the Month Winner February Edition!
Congratulations to the 3rd grade winner of the Problem of the Month competition for February! The winner is Andrew from Ms. Bailey's classroom at Chiles Elementary
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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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Looking at Line Plots in 4th Grade

Looking at Line Plots in 4th Grade
In 3rd grade, students measured objects to the nearest half and quarter of an inch and displayed that data on a line plot. In standard MAFS.4.MD.2.4, 4th graders extend that learning to include displaying measurements to nearest half, quarter, and…
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Engaging Computer Games to Build Multiplication Fact Fluency

Engaging Computer Games to Build Multiplication Fact Fluency
Checkout these engaging online games to help increase fluency of multiplication facts. These games could be incorporated into a math block at school or accessed from home: Clear It http://www.abcya.com/clear_it_multiplication.htm Math-Man Mutliplication http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/mathman/mathman_multiplication10.htm Multiplication Blocks http://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication_blocks.html Number Trails http://www.mathplayground.com/number_trails_multiplication.html Kakooma…
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4 Strategies to Engage ALL Learners in Mathematical Discourse

4 Strategies to Engage ALL Learners in Mathematical Discourse
We know that today's math instruction is very different from our experiences as students. The teacher takes on the role of the facilitator, presenting students with problem solving scenarios and using students' sharing as the primary means of promoting understanding.…
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