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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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How to Introduce Place Value in 1st Grade

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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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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