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## Comparing Fractions: Find a Common Numerator or Denominator

“Learning to compare and order fractions is important to developing an understanding of fractions.” Marilyn Burns (About Teaching Mathematics, 2015, p 430) “Helping students develop their ‘fraction sense’ is extremely important before...

## Exploring Equality and Composing Numbers

I’ve been working with my Firsties on the following TEK: 1.2(A) recognize instantly the quantity of structured arrangements Although it is not mentioned in the TEK, the mathematical word for this skill is subitizing. The dot patterns on dice and dominoes are...

## Direct Instruction…Do We Need It?

I thought that would get your attention! Now just hear me out. I want you to consider that there is really very little in math that students must learn through direct instruction, that is explicit instruction from a teacher.  Let me give two examples, and then...

## Winter Freebie Ebooks…A Holiday Gift!

Again this year, Teachers Pay Teachers has sponsored their Winter Holidays Tips & Freebies ebooks!  This annual Christmas present has grown from one book with 50 pages (and freebies!) to FIVE books for separate grade bands containing over 200 pages. For those of...

## Equivalent Fraction Dash

I was looking back through my digital archives, and I found this little equivalent fraction game.  My 5th graders used to love this game because, well, you get to run in the classroom.  Basically, you divide the class into two teams and hand out the cards equally to...

## Identifying Coins and Exploring Coin Relationships

I planned with 1st grade yesterday, and they are getting ready to tackle money.  In Texas, 1st graders need to be able to identify coins, know the values of the coins, and understand relationships between the coins (1 nickel has the same value as 5 pennies). I read...