We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of HCTM to thank the hundreds of students that participated in our first ever HCTM Problem of the Month for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade. I would also like to thank…
Want to connect to your children's learning experiences at school but they currently don't have any homework? Check out this post from Edutopia, giving parents 15 alternative questions for deeper inquiry into the learning and experiences of their children's day…
Do your students struggle with identifying and understanding numbers such as eleven and twelve? If so, you are not alone. Teen numbers can be a struggle for kindergarten students for many reasons. First, the “structure” of the number does not…
During this school year, students have learned to represent numbers using a variety of strategies, including counters, tally marks, number lines and tens frames. Ten frames are a great way to not only help students represent numbers but also help…
Leaning the base ten system is like learning a new language for our children. Instead of letters there are the digits 0-9. Depending on the placement of the digit determines the value it represents. We group 10 ones to make…
If you add two odd numbers will your answer be an even or odd number? What about two even numbers? Will those results always be true? The idea of evens and odds may seem simple but it is a powerful…
“I spy an object that is below the television…” “I spy an object that is under the window…” Simon says, “Stand next to your chair…” Simon says, “Hold the ball over your head…” Simon says, “Put the pattern blocks on…
What are Math Norms? Math Norms are a set of expectations that describe what should be occurring in the classroom during math instruction. Norms should be written in a positive manner and outline student and teacher actions. Norms should cover…
Building vocabulary knowledge and usage in mathematics and science should not amount to copying definitions in notebooks. Decades of copying definitions has resulted in many students being able to repeat a definition but not show its application in context. A…
How effective is it to have a list of math words on the wall? Who decides what words to place on the wall and who puts them up on display? Students benefit from building vocabulary knowledge. Teachers often create word…
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…
Have you ever thought about using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices within the classroom? The first few months of school are spent building community within the classroom. Part of building community is reinforcing positive choices. Teachers use a variety…