f you didn’t already know, Math Journaling is my JAM! It may be my favorite thing that goes on my my classroom, no matter the grade level! My goal for today is to provide you with big picture rationales and objectives, as well as explain some of the smaller details to help you implement math journaling in your own classrooms. BIG PICTURE: Top 5 Reasons to
At it’s core, place value is understanding groups of 10. This is a big jump for many students. We are asking them to shift from counting with one-to-one correspondence to counting groups. We are asking them to understand that ten ones are the same as one group of ten. That’s a HUGE jump! Another huge jump with understanding place value is that students need to
Do you have a Math Word Wall in your classroom? Have you thought about having one, but not sure where to begin? Well, today I’m going to show you how I have used Math Word Walls in my classroom, and some tips for how to make them an effective reference tool in your classroom! I LOVE my math word wall now, but it hasn’t always
I am so excited for this Summer Math Series to start! I’m beginning with one of my favorite concepts to teach: Number Sense! More specifically, I want to take a look at building fluency with composing and decomposing numbers. The ability to fluently compose and decompose numbers is a critical step in mathematical thinking. It’s important to regularly provide a variety of experiences to help
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite games to build math fluency. If you’re not familiar with Shut The Box and it’s many variations, you are going to want to tune in (and snag it for FREE at the end!) The standard version look a little something like the photo below. There are two sides (for two players) each with the numbers 1-10 or 1-12.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we have been studying different forms of poetry for the past few weeks. My kiddos have been rocking this unit, and some have really found it to be a creative outlet, or a way to highlight their sense of humor! Last week, I was trying to review some key geometry terms… but it wasn’t going very
Do you use Kaboom! in your classroom? It has been my go-to center for the past few years, whether I’m teaching Firsties, or now third graders. If Kaboom! is new to you, or it is something you haven’t yet tried in your classroom, here are some great reasons to give it a try: 1. It is highly engaging! 2. It lasts for as long as
If you’ve ever taught multiplication, you know how hard it can be to help students build fluency with their facts. All of our students process the concept of multiplication differently, and therefore will build their fluency and understanding at different rates. For some students, you can never have enough worksheets because they are finished before you even have a moment to put out the next.
Symmetry can be a difficult concept for students to understand and apply, especially for those who struggle with visual-spatial planning and visual-motor integration. Our math curriculum has a small introduction to symmetry, but most of its focus is on the several work pages that ask students to reflect images over different lines of symmetry. While several students are able to see these lines of symmetry
As much as I love math centers, sometimes it’s nice to have a common group experience too! The trick is finding activities that are naturally differentiated, and have multiple entry points. This week, we tried an activity that integrated Social Studies and Math… even better! Our class has been studying China for the past month or so, and we are nearing the end of our