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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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4 Things You Need to Know to Develop Number Sense

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How to Overcome the Top 5 CRA Math Model Obstacles

There’s math theory and then there is real life in the classroom. You may LOVE the idea of the CRA math model but you may wonder how you can incorporate this type of model with a classroom full of students with varying needs. Let’s dive into some common roadblocks to

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How To Effectively Use the CRA Progression

You used hands-on materials all last week in math. Your students were rockstars. This week you were sure your students were ready to take the blocks away and move to a drawing instead. And your students fell flat. You were sure they were ready and you are left questioning what

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How to Makeover Your Math Lessons with CRA

Teaching math from a scripted program is less than inspiring. And that is putting it kindly. You likely didn’t sign up to be made to feel like a robot.You didn’t sign up to teach lessons you don’t believe in.And you certainly didn’t sign up to choose between keeping up with

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Which is the BEST Hands-On Tool for Teaching Decimals?

5th-grade teachers are set with a difficult task. Your students previously spent the majority of their time working with whole numbers in the base ten system. Now, you are supporting your students to build numbers that may be very difficult to model and conceptualize. Thinking CRA is helpful but what tools

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What I Have Learned about Place Value Manipulatives

I recently saw a post on social media with a fun place value activity. The teacher was using saltine crackers as a hundred, thin pretzel rods as a ten and marshmallows as ones. Students would use these materials to build a variety of three-digit numbers. Fun! In general, I don’t

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