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Free Number Sense Boosters

Could your students’ number sense use a boost? These quick and simple activities improve number sense while engaging your students.

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Valentine’s Day Math Read Aloud & Activities

Lean into the Valentine’s Day fun this month with a Valentine’s Day math read aloud along with some other easy-to-implement Valentine’s Day math activities! Valentine’s Day Math Read Aloud This sweet book Valentine’s Day, Here I Come is a collection of short poems perfect for a pre-k through 1st grade

When it comes to fact fluency it can be easy both to over-simplify *and* to over complicate. Having a clear plan with fact fluency materials at the ready can simplify the task of assessing, instructing and practicing math facts. What Fact Fluency Materials Should You Have On Hand? You will

Quick Start Math Intervention Resources

If, for whatever reason, math intervention is feeling overwhelming right now, this blog post is for you. These quick-start math intervention resources will help you move from no-plan to ready-to-go in a few short and simple steps. When a project feels too big or too overwhelming it can be easy

How to Respond to Significant Gaps In Mathematical Understanding

Whether you are a classroom teacher or an interventionist working primarily with small groups you may have encountered a student or group of students who have significant gaps in mathematical understanding. Determining the next steps can feel overwhelming when they seem to need “everything” but we can simplify the process

Should We Use the Alligator Number Comparison Strategy?

This may be the most controversial post I have written since “Key Words are NOT the Key To Word Problems” but here we go. Should we use the alligator number comparison strategy to support our students in comparing numbers? My answer is a resounding yes… and no. I take the

The Math Intervention Strategy that Lowers Prep AND Increases Understanding

Sometimes, planning fewer *new* activities is the math intervention strategy that will make the difference for your students. Any time you can spend less time planning while also maintaining engagement and increasing student understanding, it should be considered a win! When your students are developing their understanding of a new

Getting Started With Numberless Word Problems

Word problems are the place where numbers, operations, and comprehension collide. Numberless word problems are a tool you can use to boost comprehension so that your students can confidently apply their knowledge of numbers and operations to solve. If you’ve never used this tool before, or if you have tried

The Stress-Free Path To Math Fact Automaticity

If you have a goal around increasing math fact automaticity in your students this year you are in the right place. We’re going to untangle who should be working towards automaticity in the year ahead along with what steps to take to get there in a stress-free way. My 4-year-old