Quick images to represent and compare numbers

Quick images to represent and compare numbers
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…
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Round and Round We Go… Where we will stop… At Rounding?

Round and Round We Go… Where we will stop… At Rounding?
In 4th grade students also use rounding to estimate sums and differences. This strategy is used to make sure that their estimation is reasonable. They used this strategy in 3rd grade. Below is some examples of estimation that students learned…
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There’s More Than One Way to Write a Number

There’s More Than One Way to Write a Number
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…
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The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round… Has nothing to do with Rounding but this does!

In 4th grade students use strategies to estimate numbers. One strategy for estimation is rounding. This is built off of the foundation they received in 3rd grade. Below is how students learned how to use number lines to estimate numbers…
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Birds use science tools too?

Blog Guest Authored from Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky Delaware State University Hawaiian crows are tool users Hawaiian crows (Corvus hawaiiensis) have joined the list of a few bird species that use tools. Tested in big aviaries, Hawaiian crows frequently picked up…
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Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving

Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving
143 students will be attending the school music concert. Each row will seat 13 students. How many rows will be needed for all of the students to have a seat? Long division. Ugh. When was the last time you used…
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Understanding Multiplication

Understanding Multiplication
What is multiplication? Multiplication is when we know the number of groups and the size of the equal groups, but the total amount is unknown. Students are expected to use the actions in a story problem to directly model what…
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Fact Fluency- What is it?

Fact Fluency- What is it?
What is fact fluency? An important goal for third graders is to develop fluency with multiplication and division by the end of the school year. Fact fluency is the ability to think of numbers flexibly and respond accurately in about…
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Let’s “Talk” Science

Let’s “Talk” Science
We have all heard the term “accountable talk.” We get it, kids need to turn and talk to each other. They can’t sit and listen to us all day. But, how do we know that they are talking and learning?…
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Teachable Moments Hurricane Hermine

Teachable Moments Hurricane Hermine
With our recent unscheduled days off thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine, students will no doubt be asking lots of weather related questions… What is a hurricane and how do they form? When will our next storm day be? What is…
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Relationships Don’t Have To Be Complicated- The Story of Multiplication, Division, and Place Value.

Relationships Don’t Have To Be Complicated- The Story of Multiplication, Division, and Place Value.
Once upon a time long long ago… Just Kidding. A long time ago (like yesterday or the day before) a post came out about base ten and place value. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out just…
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Arrays – Top 5 things to know about using arrays to model multiplication & division

Arrays – Top 5 things to know about using arrays to model multiplication & division
Top 5 Things to know about using arrays to model multiplication & division: 1. An array is an arrangement of things organized into equal rows and equal columns, which creates a rectangular shape. The rows represent the number of groups…
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What Do You Mean Base 10?

What Do You Mean Base 10?
What Do You Mean Base 10? Well our entire place value system is based on 10. In the visual below it shows how it would take 10 ones to make 1 ten. It would then take 10 tens to make…
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Understanding Division

Understanding Division
What is division? Division is when you know the total amount, and either the number of groups or the size of the equal groups are unknown. Students are expected to understand this process looking at the actions in a story…
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Putting the C and R back into exponents.

Putting the C and R back into exponents.
We are all aware of the CRA model of providing students experiences with mathematics content. In terms of exponents, students very rarely experience the "C" (concrete) or the "R" (representational) and usually begin with the "A" (abstract). So how can…
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Scientist… Scientist… What do you see?

Making and Recording Observations As scientists one of the process skills that we must use is making observations. Why? We must be able to communicate what we have discovered using our senses and tools. “These observations often serve as evidence…
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How can I teach powers of ten?

How can I teach powers of ten?
Do you struggle teaching powers of ten? Do I only teach it as a procedure or memorization of rules? Check out the link below from CPALMS. The lesson shows an engaging way to support students in making sense of powers…
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Rounding with Open Number Lines

Rounding with Open Number Lines
Five or more raise the score, four or less give it a rest! This saying and others similar to it are often used to help students remember how to round numbers. When these students are asked why they rounded 48…
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Top 5 Things to consider when teaching 3rd grade students about adding or subtracting with place value understanding!!

Top 5 Things to consider when teaching 3rd grade students about adding or subtracting with place value understanding!!
Here are the Top 5 things to consider when teaching 3rd grade students about adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers with place value understanding: 1. Student’s prior knowledge from 2nd grade and how it relates to 3rd grade standards Students in…
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Not Just Evens and Odds

Not Just Evens and Odds
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…
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