## Most Recent 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. ### Spiral Math Review for Upper Elementary Grades

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 ### Using Place Value Disks to Model Addition & Subtraction

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? ### Compensation Strategy: Subtraction

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 Why use math sorts? Discussions Differentiation Aligned to the standards No-prep FUN! 1. Discussions We constantly tell students to show their work or explain their thinking. Using math sorts weekly will give students practice in putting their thinking into words. Your students will use math vocabulary as they explain how they sorted their cards. They It was my second year of teaching 3rd grade when I decided to move towards a math workshop model. My students were struggling with many math concepts and whole group instruction was not helping. The idea of math centers sounds great, but it can quickly get overwhelming. I’ve listed some problems I faced and also ### Review Types of Angles using Fractions of a Circle

In this lesson students will review types of angles and review unit fractions. Use a Square Pattern Block When introducing angles, I give each student a square pattern block. We review everything we know about a square. polygon – closed shape with straight lines quadrilateral – 4 sided shape parallelogram – two pairs of parallel 