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Math K/3

Classroom Craft: Multiplication Houses for Math Centers

Classroom Craft:  Multiplication Houses for Math Centers

Multiplication.  For some students it is one of the most difficult things to master.  While some teachers rely heavily on drills and others promote other methods of learning the facts, there is something to be said for activities that connect the learning of facts with hands-on activities.  Multiplication houses are one way to incorporate that
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Teaching Estimation with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project

Teaching Estimation with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project

Food is a great motivator for any lesson, but when it comes to math food is king.  Gumdrops, jellybeans, goldfish crackers, and pretzel sticks are only the tip of the food items that make great math manipulatives.  The Chocolate Chip Cookie Project not only involves food, it teaches students about estimating, grouping by 10s, and
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Math Games for Summer Learning

Math Games for Summer Learning

by Elizabeth Supan, Monthly Columnist As summer approaches, I have been thinking about how to keep my students activity working on their math skills during the summer. We have worked so hard all year long to master all of our math skills, that I do not want the “summer slump” to kick in and chip
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Solution Sunday: Math on the Move

Solution Sunday:  Math on the Move

The Problem:  My students are really struggling with basic math concepts this year.  I have an extremely diverse group with the need for a lot of differentiation.  One of the ways I have been able to really help students is by using a ten frame that I draw on the whiteboard.  I would really like
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Solution Sunday: Making Math Fun

Solution Sunday:  Making Math Fun

    The Problem:  Your students are struggling with understanding addition, subtraction, and number building in relation to 10.  No matter what you try, it just does not seem to give them the that “ah-ha” moment they need.  You have tried using printouts and plain paper, but your students get bored with worksheets and need
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Serving Up Addition

Serving Up Addition

Idea by Katy, Kdg. Teacher, Broken Arrow, OK To help my kindergarteners grasp the idea that addition is a process by which we combine two sets to make one larger set. I use disposable, divided plates fitted with two small and one large compartment.


Partners in Time

Partners in Time

Idea by Sylvia, 1st Grade Teacher, Northridge, CA I recycle empty paper towel rolls into little “wrist watches.”


Pizza Clocks

Pizza Clocks

Idea by Jane, 1st Grade Teacher, Philadelphia, PA When teaching time, I use pizza pie fraction puzzle pieces to help students understand concepts related to an analog clock.


Literature-Based Measurement Learning

Literature-Based Measurement Learning

Idea by Laine, Kdg. Teacher, Stephens City, VA For measuring weight, I like to read my students Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Beach Lane Books, 2010).  In this picture book, various animals attempt to share rides on one teeter-totter and find they must keep re-balancing themselves to make it work. This book provides many
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A “Dotty” Approach to Coin Mastery

A “Dotty” Approach to Coin Mastery

Idea by Teresa, 1st Grade Teacher, Baconton, GA For teaching money, I teach my students to put dots on their coin illustrations.  I tell them that each dot represents 5 and to count the value of the coin, you just count the dots by 5s.