Math

Classroom Organization, Math, Misc., Reading

Turn Classroom Trash into Instructional Treasure: Make & Take Round Up

In case you missed any of April’s Make & Take Facebook live videos or blog posts on how to take classroom waste and make it useful, I wanted to do a quick round up! All of these ideas can be quickly and easily made with items you already have in your classroom such as dried up marker caps, empty fruit…

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Math, Phonics

Dried Up Glue Caps? Engage Your Students with this Free Game

Today we’re continuing our Make & Take Series: Turning Classroom Trash Into Instructional Treasure! So far we’ve made Fruit Cup Dice Holders and Marker Cap Finger Pointers.  This week I’m going to share a way to reuse glue stick or bottle caps to make a fun game for students. If you’ve been stock piling them because you knew they would be useful…

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Classroom Management, Math

Dice on The Floor? DIY Dice Holders to the Rescue!

Teacher, I dropped my dice again! I don’t know about you, but my class loves a good game, especially if dice are involved. It’s wonderful how engaged they always are, but I always have a few students who struggle to keep them off the floor. Today, I’m going to share a tip to help your students keep their dice on their desk using…

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Math

Early Finisher Math PowerPoints: Free Editable Template Included!

One of my favorite things about math instruction is that everyone understands math differently, and there are so many ways to think about and understand the same problem. However, that’s also one of the reasons that almost every math lesson I’ve ever taught that ends in independent practice leaves me with fast finishers as well as students who need extra…

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Common Core, Math

Interactive Math Notebooks: Why and Getting Started

Interactive Notebooks are not new, but in recent years they’ve become more and more popular. Interactive notebooks are used to allow students to express their creativity as they are learning throughout the year. They can be used for class notes, practice, and to show mastery of concepts, but the key part of interactive notebooks, and why they are so useful…

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Intervention, Math

Hairy Money: An Intervention Tool for Counting Coins

When I first started teaching, the New Jersey standards required my first graders to learn to count coins up to 99 cents. It was always an extremely difficult concept because it require a lot of skill at once (skip count by different amount, identifying coins and remembering their value, addition etc) Thankfully, the standards have since been revised, and new…

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Common Core, Math

How to Respond to Parents Who Question “New Math”

Have you ever had a parent point to the fact that their child was struggling on “new math” or questioned the “crazy” or “illogical” ways that their child is learning? What about a parent who just doesn’t understand why the kids can’t learn how to do things the “normal” way, like they did when they were in school? I’ve been there…

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Intervention, Math

Dab & Learn Number Sense Math Activities

I don’t know about you, but my favorite learning activities are those that normally the most simple. They’re typically my students’ favorite activities as well. Today I want to share some simple activities to that will help your students build their number sense in a fun and engaging (and simple) way. If you’ve been reading my blog, following me on…

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