## 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 …

## How Does Teacher Language Affect Student Learning?

Quick, but interesting read on how our descriptions and language used to describe student learning and goals could potentially affect student learning. For instance, when we describe a certain skill …

## Division Progression

The progression of division starts in 3rd grade…and it is crucial that students really develop a deep concrete understanding of division. If your 4th grade students are still relying on …

## Kids Confused by Conversions? Kick the Quick Tricks!

Teachers are often wary about teaching measurement conversions through problem solving…we revert to mnemonic devices, tricks and chants rather than encouraging students to use the same problem solving strategies we …

## But my 4th graders can’t tell time!

Elapsed time is incorporated into the 4th grade standard MAFS.4.MD.1.2: Use the four operations to solve word problems involving…intervals of time…and represent intervals of time using linear models. But what …

## The Progression of Multiplication

By the end of 4th grade, students should be able to apply their understanding of place value and properties of operations to multiply a whole number of up to 4 …

## Arrays, Area and Perimeter Game

Checkout this interactive game “Area Blocks” at http://www.mathplayground.com/area_blocks.html ! This game is a fun way for students to relate area and perimeter to the operations of multiplication and addition. Students …

## Taking a Step Back to Support Students with Area and Perimeter

Are your 4th graders struggling with area and perimeter? It may be time to take a step back. Ms. Park noticed that her 6th (yes, SIXTH) graders were struggling with …

## Putting the ‘Fun’ Back into Functions

Functions can be overwhelming with all of the f’s, x’s, and f(x)’s. But in reality, functions are quite easy to understand once you know how they work. So what is …

## 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 …

## 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 …

## Progression of Fractional Understanding

I won’t say too much here, because the time reading this could be better spent watching the video. 🙂 However, keep in mind, no matter what grade you are teaching, …

## Think Multiplication to Divide

For information on using multiplication to divide efficiently and accurately, visit the Origo 1 Minute Math Video:

## Depth of Knowledge Matrix for Elementary Mathematics

You may have read our earlier post “FSA-Preparing for Context Complexities” about the connection between Webb’s Depth of Knowledge complexity levels and the FSA. This post alluded to the importance …

## Preparing for Computer Based Testing

Check out this quick video on preparing for Computer Based Testing.

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 …

## 4th grade HCTM Problem of The Month Winner for January!

Congratulations to the 4th Grade winner of the Problem of the Month competition for January! The winner is Sebastian from Mrs. King’s classroom at Claywell Elementary.

## Determine Elapsed Time using a Number Line

To solve story problems involving elapsed time, encourage students to draw open number lines to help students conceptually understand the concept. This could prevent common misconceptions students may have when …