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## Developing Automaticity with Basic Math Facts

The standards, whether the CCSSM or the TEKS in Texas, definitively state that students should develop fluency with calculations, and that means automaticity with basic facts. Knowing math facts is similar to knowing sight words–it frees up the mind to...

## Subitizing: Instantly Recognizing Quantities

I’m currently working with my Kinders and Firsties on subitizing. If you’re scratching your head about the word “subitizing”, you might not be alone. Consider this–how many fingers are displayed in the picture above. I’m pretty sure...

## The Difference Between Knowing and Understanding Place Value

My 2nd graders have been exploring place value, so yesterday I wrote the number 43 on the table in front of one sweet friend and asked what he could tell me about the number 43. He proudly told me it was 4 tens and 3 ones. This is very common, right? We ask students...

## Ten Frame Mania–FREE App

Put two of my favorite things together–Greg Tang and a ten frame–and I’m a happy camper! I am in awe of Greg and the amazing resources he provide teachers for free on his website. If you have not tried his Word Problem Generator, you are truly...

## Counting to the 100th Day

It’s the beginning of the new school year, so what better time to think about the time-honored tradition of counting to the 100th Day of School? Many teachers have routines for counting the days to the 100th day, but I want to propose using ten-frames.  You can...

## Developing Part/Whole Thinking

I’ve been working with my firsties on composing and decomposing the numbers 3, 4, and 5.  Last week, I used number bond cards and manipulatives–linking cubes and ten-frames–to introduce the idea of number bonds.  Read more about that here.  Over the...