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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.

## Latest from the Blog

### What Your Students Need To Know BEFORE You Begin Addition and Subtraction With Regrouping

Teaching addition and subtraction with regrouping is such an exciting time. It’s a benchmark skill that many kids and parents think of as the first opportunity to do “big kid math”. But before we rush into this skill, we need to be sure that our students have the foundational understandings

### 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

### 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

### 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?

### 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

### Simple and Engaging Christmas Math Read Aloud Books and Activities

With the holidays come a LOT of excitement. I have compiled a list of books you can use for a super simple Christmas math read aloud in your classroom with minimal to no prep ahead of time. Perfect for this busy holiday season in your classroom! It’s nice to be

### 3 Word Problem Solving Strategies To Improve Word Problem Performance

The ability to solve word problems doesn’t necessarily come easily to all students. We can improve our students’ ability to solve story problems with a few simple word problem solving strategies. In order to solve word problems, students need to be able to: Comprehend the action or context of a

### 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

### 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

### Math Differentiation or Math Intervention… Which Do Your Students Need Right Now?

So you have a student (or a handful of students) who need a bit of extra support to be successful in math. Math differentiation strategies might just do the trick but how can you know whether differentiation is enough or whether you need a more targeted intervention strategy? When Is