Are your students having great difficulty counting and understanding number relationships with numbers beyond 100? Well, I definitely understand! Building number relationships and number sense can be a struggle. According to the common core standards, students in the 1st grade should be able to ...

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## 4 Read Alouds that Support Multiplication

As teachers we want our students to develop a strong understanding of the multiplication facts. If you live in a state that uses the Common Core standards (or some variation of them), foundational understanding of multiplication begins in the 2nd grade. Students work with equal groups of objects ...

## Thinking Critically with Fractions and Number Lines

In my post Squashing Fraction Misconceptions, I talked about the advantage of building number lines with fraction bars. As an extension to that blog post, which you can find HERE, I wanted to share another fraction number line activity with you. This is a mental math strategy that makes students ...

## Fly on the Math Teacher’s Wall – Squashing Fraction Misconceptions

This month, I have the pleasure of linking up with 15 great math bloggers for the Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall Blog Hop. Our topic for discussion is fractions. Today, I want to discuss the importance of using number lines with students to get them to conceptually understand fractions. Number ...

## Math Problem Solving 101

Have you ever given your students a money word problem where someone buys an item from a store, but your students come up with an answer where the person that bought the item ends up with more money than he or she came in with? Word problem solving is one of those things that many of our children ...

## 100th Day of School – 2015 Math Ideas

Can you believe that the 100th Day of School is upon us? In fact, for me it is Friday, January 16th. Need some quick ideas to help celebrate this milestone? Check out some of the hyperlinks below to discover new ways to engage your students on that day. Math Ideas from the ...