Fractions & Decimals

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…

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…

FREE Computation Games, K-5

Kids learn best when they are engaged and challenged! Luckily, math games have the power to do both! Read on for FREE computation games for grades K-5. This post contains…

Unit Fraction Game: Cover Up

Why do our students struggle to understand fractions? A big part of the problem is that fractions are incredibly abstract. If I were to ask you, Which is greater, 1/8…

Teaching Math Without Worksheets

Worksheets have long been a staple in mathematics classrooms. But should they be? Read on to explore how teaching math without worksheets can lead to more engaging and meaningful lessons…

Composing and Decomposing Numbers

As a young girl, I briefly took gymnastics lessons. Anybody else? I have to admit that I was not very flexibleโI couldn’t do a smooth backward roll to save my…

Composing and Decomposing Fractions

Not too long ago I wrote about the power of part/whole thinking, and how an understanding that begins in Kindergarten has tons of applications throughout the elementary curriculum. Here’s yet…

Visualizing Fractions | EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS FREEBIE

How important is it that our students understand fractions? According to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, it’s super important. The research team found that fifth graders’ understanding of…