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Real-World Math: My New Picket Fence

Real-World Math: My New Picket Fence

As I write, the thump of sledgehammers and the whir of buzz saws can be heard outside my kitchen window. In my small community of houses, we all have white picket fences in our front yards. It was actually part of the charm that sold me on the house. The fences,...

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1st Grade Essentials: Basic Fact Strategies

1st Grade Essentials: Basic Fact Strategies

With pages of math standards at each grade level, what is really considered essential learning? In this series of posts, I attempt to highlight the key skills at every grade level, explain those skills in layman's terms, and provide activities and tasks for helping...

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Real World Math: Cooking for One

Real World Math: Cooking for One

Stop for a minute and reflect on your definition of real-world math. Often, we think of real-world math as word problems that use a real-life situation as the context. My only problem with that definition is that in the real world, math is often messy. Consider, for...

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Real World Math: Toilet Paper

Real World Math: Toilet Paper

Look no further than your local grocery store and current events for this real-world math problem! Here's the problem: A family of four uses two-thirds of a 6-roll package of toilet paper each week. How long will 4 packages last? Lots of good math in there! First, you...

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Math Activities for At-Home Learning

Math Activities for At-Home Learning

As many of us find ourselves in the position to provide distance math learning opportunities for our students, online resources can be a tremendous help. Unfortunately, a large number of our students do not have access to technology at home and, even for those who do,...

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Do This, Not That: Aligning to Standards

Do This, Not That: Aligning to Standards

As students spend increasingly more time engaged in independent math workshop tasks, it's essential that we align those tasks to our content standards and math process standards. This post is the second in a series of three. Check out the first post here, and there is...

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