Every minute of the instructional day is precious. There is never enough time to do it all! How can I help kids review math skills in a fun way, but still make sure they are learning? It has to be easy to implement and meaningful. These were some of the thoughts that ran through my mind and ...

# Blog

## Ten Frame Calendars – A New Twist on Calendar Time

Put a new twist on calendar time by using a Ten Frames Calendar to teach concepts like odd and even, counting on, composing and decomposing numbers. All while making note of special school events and holidays. A Ten Frame Calendar can help students: see how 10's are built easily ...

## Interactive Number Lines: A Number Sense Builder

Have you been looking for a hands-on way to build number sense in your elementary kids? Look no further, I have just the thing. Interactive number lines! All you need is painter’s tape, index cards and sticky notes. What is so great about interactive number lines? Join me as I show ...

## Rounding 101 – Number Lines, Games and More

Why is Rounding So Important? If you live in a state that uses math common core standards (3.NBT.1) or some variation, students are expected to know how to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, by the end of 3rd grade. Even though rounding is a standard, I often feel like ...

## 6 Strategies for Teaching Skip Counting

Let's talk about skip counting! This skill is sometimes viewed as an arbitrary math skill or something you recite on the playground. Skip counting is so much more. It helps students see patterns in numbers as well as lays a great foundation for number sense and learning the multiplication ...

## The Power of Making Tens

Hello! This is Greg from Mr Elementary Math and I am excited to be taking part in the first I Teach linky series. I wanted to talk about one of my favorite math strategies "Making Tens". Making Tens is such a powerful strategy because it reinforces relationships between numbers. When young ...