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 ...

# 5th Grade

## 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 ...

## 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 ...

## 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 ...

## Place Value Review Battleship Style

Place value understanding and number sense are important concepts that should be revisited with students throughout the school year. Recently, I used the game Place Value Partners by Laura Candler to work with a small group of students. Students paired up to play this game. One ...

## Properties of Operations: Multiplication

Properties of Operations are those three pesky words that reoccur throughout the common core standards. Some of you may be wondering exactly what they mean. Properties of Operations are the foundation of arithmetic; we use them when performing computations and recalling basic facts. ...