The Dreaded Math Word Problem: Get Organized to Solve the Problem!

The Dreaded Math Word Problem: Get Organized to Solve the Problem!
Students of all ages have difficulty applying comprehension skills when reading and interpreting math word problems. Those of us who attended school before the year 2000 know that most of our instruction was computation with two word problems to solve…
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Concrete-Representational-Abstract

Concrete-Representational-Abstract
What is the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) instructional approach? CRA is a gradual systematic approach to teaching mathematics. Each stage builds on to the previous stage and therefore must be taught in sequence. This three step approach has been found to be…
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Strategies for Estimating Sums and Differences

Strategies for Estimating Sums and Differences
What is estimation? Estimating is an important skill. Estimation is the process of getting an approximate amount, sum or difference. We want students to be able to use mental math to more quickly to arrive at a reasonable answer for…
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Why Bother to Estimate??

Why Bother to Estimate??
Estimation is often overlooked in lessons involving multiplication or division. Even if students are told to estimate first, they often calculate to find the precise answer then round it to make an estimate. That should prompt teachers to consider the…
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Understanding the 3rd Grade Math Florida Standards

Understanding the 3rd Grade Math Florida Standards
Do you have questions about what your child is learning in mathematics? To learn more about the 3rd grade Math Standards, check out the video below. https://youtu.be/gIg2f1fX8Gs
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Understanding the grade 5 math standards!!!

Understanding the grade 5 math standards!!!
Do you have questions about what your child is learning in mathematics? To learn more about the fifth grade math standards check out the video below!!! https://youtu.be/d5q2yWbNQg0
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Understanding the Kindergarten Math Standards

Understanding the Kindergarten Math Standards
Do you have questions about what your child is learning in mathematics? To learn more about the Kindergarten Math Standards, check out the video below. https://youtu.be/-K-zXIoos_0
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So what’s the deal with homework ???

So what’s the deal with homework ???
At the beginning of the year, you are probably thinking about homework. Check out the link below on how to best support your child with homework. https://youtu.be/I_cuu4Daqx8
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So what’s the deal with Homework?

So what’s the deal with Homework?
Are you wondering how to help your child with homework? Check out this video on guidelines for Elementary Math Homework as well as ways to help your child! https://youtu.be/7sgwZrk87mU
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Direct Modeling- Why is it Important?

Direct Modeling- Why is it Important?
What is direct modeling? Direct modeling is when students show exactly what is happening in the problem, using manipulatives or pictures, to solve. Direct modeling is a powerful strategy that provides a foundation for the more advanced strategies that follow.…
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4th Grade Math Homework 101

4th Grade Math Homework 101
What are the benefits of homework? • Students: deepens understanding and solidifies concepts learned in class. • Parents: communicates what students are learning; an opportunity for parents to help their child. • Teachers: provides feedback about what students have previously…
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Practicing Positional Words Using Games

Practicing Positional Words Using Games
“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…
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Building Place Value Understanding in the 3rd Grade Classroom

Building Place Value Understanding in the 3rd Grade Classroom
What is Place Value? Place Value is the value of a digit in a number based on the location of the digit. Place Value understanding is essential for students to add and subtract multi-digit numbers. Students need to understand that…
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Open Number Lines Can Change Your Life!

Open Number Lines Can Change Your Life!
What are open number lines? An open number line starts as a line with no numbers. They can be used as a visual representation for recording thinking during the process of mental computation. Why are open number lines so useful?…
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Seven Reasons Why Anchor Charts Are Incredible!

Seven Reasons Why Anchor Charts Are Incredible!
Anchor charts are essential to the math classroom. These simple posters help students take their thinking to the next level. Here are 7 reasons why anchor charts are incredible! 1. Math anchor charts provide a source of visual reference to…
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So Now I Get It!!!

It’s important in grade 5 for students to have a solid understanding of multi-digit multiplication. One way to do that is to make connections between methods. Take for example, the traditional method and the partial products method. Let’s learn a…
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Start your year off right with Math Norms

Start your year off right with Math Norms
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…
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3rd Grade Math Homework 101

3rd Grade Math Homework 101
What are the benefits of homework? • Students – homework deepens their understanding and solidifies concepts learned in class. • Parents – homework communicates what students are learning. It’s also an opportunity for parents to help their child. • Teachers…
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Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!

Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!
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…
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Stop creating a word wall for your students!

Stop creating a word wall for your students!
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…
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