Math Grades 3-5

How Does Teacher Language Affect Student Learning?

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 as a "3rd grade skill" or say "a 4th grader…
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Division Progression

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 drawing pictures of equal groups with tally marks, they may…
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Kids Confused by Conversions? Kick the Quick Tricks!

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 have been trying to instill in them all year. Why…
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But my 4th graders can’t tell time!

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 do you do when your students can't tell time, let…
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The Progression of Multiplication

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 digits by a one-digit whole number and multiply two two-digit…
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Arrays, Area and Perimeter Game

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 either play against the computer or another player to create…
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Taking a Step Back to Support Students with Area and Perimeter

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 the concepts of area and perimeter, too. Watch the clip…
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Putting the ‘Fun’ Back into Functions

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 a function? Well, a function can be described as a…
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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 Fractional Understanding

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, you are providing students with key fractional knowledge in their…
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Think Multiplication to Divide

Think Multiplication to Divide
For information on using multiplication to divide efficiently and accurately, visit the Origo 1 Minute Math Video:
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Depth of Knowledge Matrix for Elementary Mathematics

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 of taking the complexity levels of standards into consideration when…
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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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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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3rd Grade HCTM Problem of The Month February Edition!

3rd Grade HCTM Problem of The Month February Edition!
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5th Grade HCTM Problem of The Month February Edition!

5th Grade HCTM Problem of The Month February Edition!
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4th grade HCTM Problem of The Month Winner for January!

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.
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Determine Elapsed Time using a Number Line

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 determining elapsed time. Make sure to include different types of…
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Relating a Clock to a Number Line

Relating a Clock to a Number Line
Telling a time is an important concept for everyday life. It’s also one that students some time struggle with if they don’t understand how a clock works. In 3rd grade, students are expected to: • Tell and write time to…
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