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 ...

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## 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 ...

## 5 Fun Ways to Teach Multiplication Facts

A few months ago, I wrote a post about using read alouds to teach multiplication. I am always on the lookout for new ideas to help students master their multiplication facts. Interestingly, I didn't always enjoy learning my multiplication facts. I remember sitting down in the kitchen with my dad ...

## 10 Ways to Teach Math Using Post It Notes

Let me start by saying, I love post-it notes! I can never have enough. I have plenty of them at school and home. We use post-it notes in our daily lives. Oftentimes, we use them to jot down notes or quick reminders. But today, I wanted to share how you can use them during your math ...

## Using Interactive Number Lines to Support Number Sense

Since the beginning of the school year, I've been thinking about ways to build number sense with my students. Check out my earlier post 3 Math Routines to Build Number Sense. I recently stumbled upon an idea about using number lines to help students better understand the relationship between ...