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Category: Operations

How to Teach Subtraction with Regrouping in 5 Simple Steps

 Teaching subtraction with regrouping using the standard algorithm? You’re in the right spot! But, if you are teaching 1st or 2nd grade, please remember, the written algorithm for addition and subtraction isn’t necessarily the end goal!  Your students need to use strategies based on place value and relate them to

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The Simple & Effective Guide To Understanding Math Facts

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

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How to Introduce Subtraction

There are a number of misconceptions and errors we can predict when we introduce subtraction to our students.  Not understanding that subtraction starts with the total. Not understanding that subtraction can take away or take apart or find the difference. Not understanding that subtraction isn’t just the operation you use

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How to Teach Addition and Subtraction Fact Families in 5 Easy Steps

In first grade, students use addition and subtraction fact families to understand the relationship between addition and subtraction but also to become more fluent in addition and subtraction facts. Taking a CRA (Concrete-Representative-Abstract) approach can help students to understand and generate related facts and addition and subtraction fact families. Strategy

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Multiplying Fractions by a Whole Number

Fraction concepts are taken up a level in 5th grade and many of the topics are very abstract and difficult for students to understand. Multiplying fractions by a whole number doesn’t need to be one of these difficult concepts! By using the CRA (Concrete-Representative-Abstract) framework your students will link what

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