Have your students ever picked the numbers in a word problem and just did something random with them? They may have added when they should have multiplied or subtracted instead of divided. It can get very frustrating when students simply say they don’t know what to do. But what can we do to assist them?
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Fourth grade students are expected to begin multiplication with fractions. Below is the common core standard. 4.NF.4 – Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number. When introducing this concept, I made sure to connect the equations to repeated addition and how the ‘x’ symbol means ‘groups of’.
I shared on my instagram account the following activities I created to review prime and composite numbers with my daughter. We glued the multiples bookmark along with the prime and composite numbers chart inside her interactive notebook. If your students need extra help, the following sheets can be place inside sheet protectors and
Math Sorts are engaging, standards-aligned math activities that get students talking about math. You can learn all about Math Sorts by visiting this blog post. Math sorts are no-prep activities. These math sorting activities can be completed independently, but it’s important to give students time to explain how they sorted their cards. This can be
Are you interested in math centers, but don’t know what to do during your small group instruction time? Perhaps you tried using your math textbook but found you wasted time deciding which problems to complete and which to skip? I faced this exact problem. I only had 15 to 20 minutes with each small group.
Teachers are given a curriculum map to follow, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Every student is different and sometimes you have to spend that extra week(s) on fractions or a few more days on elapsed time. This all sounds like something a good teacher would do. The problem? If you are an upper
It’s the beginning of third grade and you’re working on addition and subtraction word problems. Everything seems to be going well, and you feel confident moving on to multiplication and division. The problem? Your students are given an addition and subtraction problem to solve during their morning work and several students get the incorrect answer. Why?
In the previous blog post, we talked out how the compensation strategy can help students create simpler addition problems, you can view the blog post about it here. Today, let’s look at how this strategy works in subtraction. Example 1: 800 – 254 You take 1 from 800 and get 799 You then take 1
Let’s talk about compensation. This is a strategy where you manipulate numbers to create friendly numbers. These friendly numbers are easier to add. Example 1: 87 + 399 You take 1 from 87 and move it to 399 Now you have 86 + 400 86 + 400 = 486 You’ve now made a simpler problem