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## Drawing Number Lines to Visualize Equivalent Fractions

The idea of fractions being equivalent is such a key understanding for helping students develop “fraction sense” that it absolutely must be done right. Students need to see a variety of representations of equivalent fractions to help them see the...

## Comparing Fractions: Using a Benchmark of 1/2

“Understanding why a fraction is close to 0, 1/2, or 1 is a good beginning for fraction number sense. It begins to focus on the size of fractions in an important yet simple manner.” (Van de Walle/ Lovin, 2006) In this series of blog posts, I am exploring 5...

## Exploring Comparison Subtraction with a Life-Sized Number Line

I borrowed this photo from Linda at Kinder Doodles!  Be sure to check out this post for great ideas for building number sense! Comparison subtraction is such a hard concept for kiddos!  Pose the following problem: Susan has 8 marbles.  Lisa has 3 marbles.  How many...

## Ordering Numbers on a Number Line

Workstation activities don’t need to be complicated.  They just need to allow students to practice their standards!  My 1st grade team needed a little workstation activity for ordering numbers on a number line up to 120, and this is what we came up with. The...

## Handy Ten Frame Placemat with Number Sense Routines

Last week I spent two days in sunny Avon Park, FL, working with teachers from Avon Elementary. It was a real treat because I finally got to meet and spend time with my previously-cyber-friend turned flesh-and-blood-friend, Sara! She was such a gracious hostess and...

## Appy Hour: Little Monkey Number Lines

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope you had wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week, and thanks for joining me for Appy Hour tonight. 🙂 Tonight I want to feature an app from Little Monkey Apps.  They have a terrific suite of apps for math, including apps for subitizing,...