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Engaging Computer Games to Build Multiplication Fact Fluency

Engaging Computer Games to Build Multiplication Fact Fluency
Checkout these engaging online games to help increase fluency of multiplication facts. These games could be incorporated into a math block at school or accessed from home: Clear It http://www.abcya.com/clear_it_multiplication.htm Math-Man Mutliplication http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/mathman/mathman_multiplication10.htm Multiplication Blocks http://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication_blocks.html Number Trails http://www.mathplayground.com/number_trails_multiplication.html Kakooma…
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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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Sense Making and Multiplication

Sense Making and Multiplication
Checkout this video from www.teachingchannel.org to see students build fact fluency as they discover how 1-digit multiplication can help with 2- and 3-digits, too. This is a great example of students engaging in "SMP 7: Look for and make use…
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Are your 4th graders still struggling with their basic facts?

Are your 4th graders still struggling with their basic facts?
While the 3rd grade standard MAFS.3.OA.3.7 states, "By the end of grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.", this is, unfortunately, not always the case. There are often 4th grade students who are attempting to build…
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Teaching Area in 3rd Grade!

Teaching Area in 3rd Grade!
1. What’s included when teaching area in 3rd grade? • Solving real-world problems involving area of polygons • Solve Real World Problems - Determining when it is necessary to find the area or perimeter from a given story problem. •…
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Understanding the Associative Property of Multiplication

Understanding the Associative Property of Multiplication
What is the associative property of multiplication? The associative property of multiplication is “an extension of the commutative property; to change the order and group two factors to find convenient products (such as 10) in order to make the multiplication…
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Modeling the Distributive Property of Multiplication

Modeling the Distributive Property of Multiplication
Modeling the Distributive Property of Multiplication. In 3rd grade: • students explore, discover and understand the distributive property • are not required to demonstrate understand in the context of a story problem • are limited to factors 0-10 • are…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Look what’s new in grade 5!!!

Look what’s new in grade 5!!!
Based on teacher feedback, Unit 1 has been decomposed into three mini-units along with a performance task to assess the big idea in that mini-unit. There were still be a summative assessment at the end of the unit which assesses…
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Are Timed Tests Effective Tools for Teaching Fact Fluency?

Are Timed Tests Effective Tools for Teaching Fact Fluency?
"Drilling with out understanding is harmful. I'm not saying math facts aren't important. I'm saying math facts are best learned when we understand them and use them in different situations."  Jo Boaler, Stanford University Read the trending article about her research…
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A Different Angle on Basic Facts

A Different Angle on Basic Facts
Many kids who struggle to learn their basic facts often believe there are hundreds of facts to be learned because they do not understand the relationship between the facts and between the operations.  A tool that can help students learn…
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