How to Teach Multiplication

In part one of how to teach multiplication, we discussed introducing multi-digit multiplication using base-10 blocks and moving students from concrete strategies to pictorial, and then to abstract. It is crucial to make connections along the way! Keeping that theme going we are moving to expanded and standard algorithm. Since the last strategy we focused …

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How to Teach Multiplication

This is a step-by-step guide on how to teach multi-digit multiplication to 3rd and 4th grade. In this blog we will focus on multiplying 2 and 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. Moving from concrete, to representational (pictorial), to abstract is key! And making connections between the progressions is absolutely crucial! The first thing we …

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Teaching Profit for 4th Grade

It took me way too many years to figure out that my adding and subtracting decimals unit was also the perfect time to introduce profit to my 4th grade students! Introducing profit now gave my students much needed practice at adding and subtracting decimals, while also spiraling in those pesky financial literacy TEKS. I felt …

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Jeopardy Math Review Game

If you’ve been following me for anytime, you know I love a good room transformation! Especially when paired with test review! Test review can be dry and boring, so I love to bring test review days to life with a fun theme! This Jeopardy math review game is absolutely perfect for doing just that! State …

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Building Multiplication Fact Fluency

The biggest complaint I hear from 4th and 5th grade teacher is “They don’t know their facttsssss!!!” I know it can be quite a challenge to teach students the skills they need to know in 4th and 5th grade (multi-digit multiplication, long division, etc.) when they don’t know their multiplication facts. Buuuuuut I’ve also taught …

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The Best Math Station Activities

Let’s talk about ideas for math station activities and games! First and foremost, keep it simple! I truly believe that students thrive on routine and knowing what to expect. This is even more important when you are expecting students to work and function while you do small group math instruction. Click here for 5 tips …

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Math Manipulative Toolbox for Students

“The student is expected to select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate….”blah blah blah. I know you’ve seen it! That process standard shows up in every TEK strand from kindergarten all the way to statistics and pre-cal. But are we really allowing students to choose their tools…or are we …

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Math Block Schedule

Math workshop and small groups are my jam! I have done guided math in many different ways and my math block schedule changed a lot depending on different factors. But THIS is my absolute favorite way to schedule my math block and teach in small groups. I’ve done this type of schedule with anywhere from …

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math workshop display

Math Workshop Display

So, you’ve gone to the workshops, read all the books and blogs, researched your resources and you’ve decided to get going with math workshop. Stations, rotations, guided math, whatever you wanna call it! Small groups will absolutely change your classroom for the better. There is so much value to sitting down with a small group …

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