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Could your students’ number sense use a boost? These quick and simple activities improve number sense while engaging your students.
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2nd graders aren’t known for their desire to sit still. Lean into their desire to get out of their seats with these geometry activities for 2nd grade students will inspire even your wiggliest learner to remember the difference between a hexagon and a quadrilateral. Build With Math Tools (and More!)
Recognize Fact Relationships This first activity isn’t necessarily for your students- it’s for the teacher! Stop trying to teach so many math facts. If you consider every fact from 0+0 to 10+10 and all of the related subtraction facts you will need to instruct (and your students will need to
Here in Upstate New York, spring is a cause for major celebration. After months of hibernating we are finally able to open the windows, breathe fresh air and feel the sun. I love to lean into the excitement of the season to inspire and engage with some fun spring math
When it comes to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, place value… etc. we ALWAYS start with hands-on materials and math manipulatives. But is that always the case with graphing? These 3 hands-on graphing activities will boost your students’ understanding of data and graphing in a big way! Hands-On Graphing Activity
There is so much more to “hands-on” than any single math tool can offer when it comes to teaching addition and subtraction with regrouping. When I taught these skills for the first time, I was the special education teacher in a 4th grade integrated co-taught classroom. And yet, even in
Word problems lend themselves so beautifully to differentiation- and yet sometimes it can seem like our most struggling learners can’t get a foot in the door. We know that searching for keywords isn’t the answer. So what is? Simple! Numberless word problems! When you implement a numberless word problems strategy,
I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite math differentiation strategies. It ensures differentiation with no “extra” work. It allows an entry point for all students. It includes extension — again without any “extra” work on your part! And it works for most any topic and most any grade
It’s not uncommon for a district to tell it’s teachers that you must use the curriculum, lessons or workbook that they have purchased with fidelity. This may or may not fit your general teaching style but it can make differentiation feel like a daunting task. These 4 strategies can help you
Let’s get this out of the way right now. Math intervention does NOT mean pulling a group of kids aside and helping them to complete their work after a whole group lesson. Another end of the spectrum? Math intervention does NOT mean stopping your instruction to “work on number sense”
The number one, most important thing you can do for students who are struggling in math is to meet them where they are and focus on increasing their understanding of numbers and operations. That’s it! The secret to math success! But here’s the thing, you can not do