math

Fun & Easy Math Crafts for a Fall Bulletin Board

Pumpkin spice, changing leaves, flannels, corn mazes and math crafts? Fall fun is here and if you know me, you know I love a cute math craft. Making things “cutesy” gets a bad rap. But, things that are adorable can still be engaging and effective. Candy Corn Number Forms This

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Place Value Game: How to Play Trash Can Math:

Are you ready for THE BEST beginning of the year math game ever?! In this post, I’m going to teach you how to play Trash Can Math–a place value game!  I learned this game two years ago when I was filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.  We got

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Strengthen Math Fact Fluency with Flashcards

Year after year, I had students who struggled with mastering their math facts. It made it difficult to confidently move on in teaching more complex mathematical concepts. In this post, I’m discussing how to build a toolbox of strategies to strengthen math fact fluency with flashcards. In order to become

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Why Guided Math isn’t Always the Best

Guided math has become one of the new “trends” in math professional development. It’s like as soon as these buzzwords arise, leaders are quick to want to shift immediately. But, like any new educational trend, we need to really evaluate whether or not the instructional strategy is the best fit

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How to Set Up Fast Fact Folders for Daily Practice

I am SO excited to share with you today the system I have been using the past few years for my students to practice their math facts daily. It’s called Fast Fact Folders. It provides differentiated practice with options to track progress. My students have LOVED practicing their facts this

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My First 3 Math Lessons of the School Year

Planning for the beginning of the year is so important for setting the tone for your classroom. My first 3 math lessons of the school year, I ask myself “What do I want to communicate about what is valued in our classroom in this subject area?“ In math, I want

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Games, Apps & Ideas for Math Fact Fluency

Practicing math facts can be dull and boring OR fun and engaging. I know my 2nd grade team is ALWAYS in search of new ways of practicing and assessing math facts. It is crucial that our students master these foundational skills in order to be successful mathematicians. Here are a

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Simple & Engaging Math Game for Practicing Subtraction

Hi! Today I am going to share a really simple and easily differentiated subtraction game (could be adapted for addition, too!). I just love love love using games for learning. My math block usually looks something like this: Mini lesson: 15  minutes Whole group practice: 10 minutes Independent practice: 10-15

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