Grades 3-5 Archives - Math Coach's Corner

## Problem-Solving vs Word Problems

I remember preparing for an interview for my first teaching position in the 90’s. I was told that I would likely be asked to explain my approach to teaching problem-solving. I jumped on the Internet to research problem-solving and craft my response. What I found...

## The Power of Part/Whole Thinking

Part/whole thinking begins in Kindergarten when students are expected to learn the number combinations for the numbers through 10. Below you see a graphic representation for the combinations for 5. These are often called number bonds. This is a year-long process as...

## Personal 1,200 Charts

Hundred charts are very versatile tools in the elementary classroom. Working with the patterns on hundred charts helps students develop place value understanding. Hundred charts are also excellent tools for solving multi-digit addition and subtraction problems. There...

## Solving Complicated Math Word Problems

What makes math word problems so difficult for students to solve? Well, if you’ve ever watched students fly through a word problem at warp speed, it’s pretty clear that many of our students haven’t developed strong habits for reading, analyzing, and...

## Getting to the Heart of a Math Word Problem

Consider this math word problem: Mario and Terrence have both been saving their allowance. Mario has saved \$35 and Terrence has saved \$52. What math is the problem asking you to do?  If you said you don’t know, don’t feel bad! Without the question, there...

## Teaching Decimal Place Value So They Remember!

But you’ve learned this! You’ve said this, right? I know I have. We might be teaching, but are the students learning? It’s all about understanding and retention. Using models for decimal place value helps students develop a deeper understanding of...