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A few years back I was talking with a colleague after a staff meeting. I mentioned that I had recently had a breakthrough with a student who had a multitude of “gaps” in their learning. This student was in an upper elementary grade level but had a very early primary
It’s a common activity used to introduce place value. You give your students a pile of crackers, pretzel sticks and chocolate chips. You tell your students that the crackers are the hundreds, pretzel sticks are the tens and chocolate chips are the ones. You and your students take turns building
Knowing the partners of ten opens up the world of fact fluency and flexibility for your students. The best part? There’s no need to drill these facts! Your students can play engaging, hands-on, SIMPLE games to reinforce the partners of ten. The 5 games listed below will help your students
Addition & Subtraction Strategies. Fact Fluency. Fact Memorization. Three different sides of the same coin. Thinking about teaching math facts as being learned at each of these three levels will change your perspective on instruction altogether! Addition & Subtraction Strategies Counting on fingers, using manipulatives, using a number line, counting
Students learn math best when they can touch, feel, experiment and manipulate the concepts they are learning. Math manipulatives absolutely help facilitate this process. These FREE printable manipulatives are perfect for first or second-grade students. Why Use Printable Math Manipulatives? Using a research-based CRA progression your students will move from
My first year teaching math intervention I was in over my head by the second week of school. Funny thing is, by the second week of school I really hadn’t done anything other than assessing students and starting to form groups. I was given the advice to look at the
As a new math interventionist, I was given no real direction other than Here’s a few grade levels of kids. Find the tier 3 kids, put them in groups and improve their math. Thanks! Been there? Sound familiar? In looking for resources, I found highly restrictive intervention curriculums that wanted me to
Hands down, this is one of my absolute favorite math skills to teach. You take something that seems like such an abstract mix between place value and operations and without fail teach 6 and 7 year old how to be successful in manipulating these numbers. It’s almost like magic. As
1st-grade students get the first real taste of place value. In kindergarten, your students may have learned to rotely count to 100 and they may have had experiences with teen numbers as ten ones and some more ones, but here in 1st grade you are introducing the idea that the
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