Here's the understatement of the year: teaching place value is kind of a big deal! From kindergarten through 5th grade, "Numbers and Operations in Base Ten" shows up in the common core math standards like clockwork. The task of "understanding place value" grows in complexity every year and ...

# Let's Get to the Math

## The Counting On Strategy for Addition

Want to learn more about the Counting On Strategy for addition? Look no further, I'm going to break it down for you right here and right now. What Is the Counting On Strategy? Counting On is a strategy kids use to, you guessed it...add numbers. Kids start using this strategy when they are able to ...

## 5 Ways to Have Fun With Math Name Tags

As you know, I am always trying to think of fun and interactive ways to teach math. I wrote a blog post a while ago about ways to make reviewing multiplication fun and one of the ideas was to buy "Hello My Name Is" name tag stickers and write equations on them. Then students would have to call each ...

## Pumpkin Math Investigations

Are you looking for new ideas for hands-on Fall math activities? Look no further, I have a great math activity just for you, Pumpkin Math Investigations! Using read-alouds to teach math concepts is a great way to engage our kids. One of my favorite Fall math books is How Many Seeds in a ...

## 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

Are you looking for rounding games and activities that will help your students master this tricky skill? I've got the solution. And it has to do with number lines. Why is Rounding So Important? If you live in a state that uses math common core standards (3.NBT.1) or some ...

## 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 ...

## 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 ...

## 3 Math Routines to Build Number Sense

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 ...

## 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 ...