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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

The first time I taught the distributive property to my third graders I had no idea what I was doing.  There was one (and I think only one) lesson in our textbook and it had students relate the distributive property to basketball where students figured out how many...
Measuring Angles

Measuring Angles

Head on over to the Ellison blog to see how my students measured angles in our math textbook with a different sort of math tool!  Just click the image below to head...
6 YouTube Channels to Help you Teach Math

6 YouTube Channels to Help you Teach Math

I like to use videos and songs in my lessons as much as possible, and math videos are no different.  Having a video give a minilesson gives students the opportunity to take a break from me and my voice, which they love.  It also gives me a moment to sit down.  Sitting...
Teaching Elapsed Time- Concretely

Teaching Elapsed Time- Concretely

My last post showed one way I teach my students to figure out elapsed time.  Today, I’m over at the Ellison Education blog showing how I introduce elapsed time in the beginning.  It’s so important to start as concretely as possible, and I love giving my...