Third grade is such a critical year for developing the concepts of multiplication and division. It’s important that students get lots of concrete experience making equal groups and representing them with multiplication number sentences. This little freebie combines a pictorial representation with fact families to provide students with meaningful practice. Grab yours here.
Kids these days (wow, I sound so old…) don’t get to play board games near as much as they used to, and there are some key mathematical skills to be learned playing board games. For example, kids need to know that you don’t count the square you’re on when moving your playing piece. That directly […]
Number lines are such an incredibly powerful tool, and I think sometimes they get underutilized. Sure, many (I hope ALL!) teachers have number lines hanging in their classrooms, but they can be used for so much more than just sequencing numbers from 1 to 100. Last summer, I found a couple of great new books published by […]
I met with the Kindergarten team yesterday, and they were looking for new ideas for comparing numbers to 20. I suggested starting with concrete materials–teddy bear counters, linking cubes, or two-color counters. I like showing groups of ten, even with manipulatives. So if the students were building 13, I would like to see them use 10 […]