Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Calendar in the Primary Classroom

Since I’m moving from third grade to first grade for next year (and then I’ll loop with my kids twice up through third grade) I’ve spent my summer organizing all of my materials, looking for what I’ll need, and setting up my classroom in a...
A Look at my Math Block

A Look at my Math Block

I first started teaching self-contained third grade three years ago.  After spending close to 10 years in and out of classrooms, working with intervention students, and seeing some amazing teaching and learning, I knew I wanted to do math centers in my room and I knew...
Working with Division

Working with Division

Some people, districts, textbooks (take your pick) teach multiplication and division together in one unit and at one time.  I teach division after multiplication; after students have had some time working with multiplication, exploring equal groups, and building a...
Building Place Value and Number Sense Skills

Building Place Value and Number Sense Skills

When I was an interventionist looking at our schoolwide data, I noticed something in our students’ math data.  The students in third grade that scored lowest in math overall on our benchmark testing (NWEA’s MAP test), also were the lowest scoring in the...
Introducing the Distributive Property

Introducing the Distributive Property

Two years ago was the first time I taught the distributive property to students.  There was one (and I think only one) lesson in our textbook and it had students relate the distributive property to basketball.  In theory, it’s a great idea, and I’m sure I...