# Operations

## FREE Multiplication Game: The Squares Facts

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…

## 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…

## FREE Math Game for Subitizing

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,…

## FREE Subtraction Choice Board

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…

## Understanding the Equal Sign

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…

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…

## Long Division Choice Board

If you asked your students what the purpose of math is, what do you think they’d say? This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my…

## Number of the Day with Ten Frames

One of the perks of being a math instructional coach is that you get to visit classrooms on a daily basis. On one of those visits, I observed this 1st-grade…

## 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…