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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5 Steps to Organizing Math Intervention Materials

When you only have a small bit of time to plan for and implement your math intervention strategy, managing your math intervention materials can be the difference between having a successful group meeting and not meeting at all on any given day. This organizational strategy is what worked best for

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How to Teach Elapsed Time Word Problems

If you have students working towards understanding elapsed time word problems there are a few strategies you can keep in mind to make the process easier! All Elapsed Time Word Problems Are Not Created Equally! When diving into elapsed time word problems, not all problems are the same level of

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5 Steps to Independence in Math Class

Have you ever sat at a small group table watching a student succeed only to find them floundering when it came to an assessment on the exact same topic? Your instinct might be to spend more time with that student — but how when you are already spread so thin?

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Why Patterns In Multiplication Matter

By the conclusion of 3rd grade students should know all products of two one-digit number from memory. If our students are individually learning each fact, they will need to memorize 100 individual facts (over 100 if we add in facts multiplying by 10)! Taking advantage of patterns in multiplication can

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Common Word Problem Roadblocks

Word problems have long been a source of frustration for both students and teachers. But, in the real world, numbers aren’t found in isolation! Math is about recognizing the problem we are trying to solve, developing a plan to solve that problem and then carrying out the plan and checking

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Why Word Problem Types Matter

When I first learned about the different types of word problems (many, many years ago) I thought that we were overcomplicating the issue. Our program had students spending a lot of time reading word problems and identifying which problem type they were. Students were spending days writing “situation equations” and

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