When I learned my basic multiplication facts, it was totally through rote memorization. I might have memorized 6 x 6, knowing immediately that the product is 36, yet when asked about 6 x 7, I would see no connection. I had not memorized that one yet. Fast forward. Our...

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 or 1/4? you would likely have an image in your head corresponding to those fractions. Unfortunately,...

Are you looking for new ways to practice subitizing with your Kindergarten or First Grade students? This little math game for subitizing can be used as a whole class activity, at your small group table, or even in a workstation! If you’re not familiar with I...

A while back, I wrote a post about incorporating mathematical reasoning into computation practice. In that post, I shared a free long-division choice board. Today, I am sharing a free 3-digit subtraction choice board to illustrate how easy it is to adapt tasks so you...

Equality is a hugely important concept in math, and that begins with truly understanding the equal sign. Today I’m sharing with you a mini-lesson that can be used for whole-class instruction or at your small group table and incorporates productive struggle,...

Do you wonder where fact families are found in the current standards? The fact is, current standards don’t actually mention fact families at all anymore. Instead, they refer to “the relationship between operations.” An understanding of this...