# Blog

## Modeling Place Value Relationships

They sometimes say that math is the science of patterns, and maybe nowhere is that more apparent than in our place value system. Unfortunately, we often teach place value at…

## Ten Flashing Fireflies: Booklet for the Combinations of Ten

Math practice should be engaging for students, and what could be more engaging than connecting math to a charming children’s book? And while we want math to be engaging, let’s…

## Place Value Models for Young Children

To truly understand place value, students need to not only identify theย place, or position, a digit is sitting in (e.g., the 4 is in the tens place or there are…

## Ordering Numbers on an Open Number Line

An open number lineโone that isn’t labeled with numbersโis a great tool with many applications in the math classroom. The power of an open number line is that you write…

## Math Puzzles for the Win!

Who doesn’t love a good puzzle? We engage students in algebraic thinking and productive struggle when we use math puzzles! Read about various types of math puzzles you can use…

## Place Value Games

I know that it’s summer, and you might not be thinking about the beginning ofย next school year. But place value is typically one of the first units for many grade…

## PreK Math: What Does Early Numeracy Look Like?

People have some pretty strong feelings about what PreK math and even Kindergarten math should look like. How do we help young children develop important mathematical understandings while still incorporating…

## Math Warmups: Ten Minutes that Pack a Punch

In many classrooms, the math instructional period starts with a warmup. What you do with that math warmup sets the tone for the rest of your math instruction, so let’s…

## Why Students Don’t Know Their Basic Math Facts and How to Help

If you teach 3rd grade, you know that some students come to your class not knowing their basic addition and subtraction facts. And in 4th and 5th grade, there are…