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## Making 100, A Fall Themed Freebie

Last year, I posted a little fall-themed freebie in my TpT store called Closest to 100.  The idea of the game is to find the difference between a number and 100.  For example, the difference between 53 and 100 is 47.  The player with the smaller difference wins the...

## Technology and the CRA Sequence of Instruction

I got an email from a reader last week asking about the impact of technology on the CRA sequence of instruction, so I thought I’d blog about it.  First, let me remind you that CRA stands for concrete, representational, and abstract.  From Van de Walle (pg 99):...

## Place Value–Building Meaning Behind the Numbers

Place value is such a fundamental concept, and it’s very difficult for kiddos to understand. This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my link and purchase a product, I receive a small commission. There is no additional cost to...

## Extending Odd and Even to Larger Numbers

By 1st grade, students learn to determine if small numbers are odd or even by pairing up objects.  For example, if students count out 8 objects, they can make 4 pairs, so the number is even.  With the number 9, however, there is an “odd” man out.  But we...

## Place Value, CRA Style

What is CRA you ask? It stands for concrete, representational, and abstract, and it’s a research-based instructional sequence that results in a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts. Concrete learning is hands-on.  It’s using manipulatives to make...

## Subitizing Craze

Is it just me, or does it seem like subitizing was part of every class that every primary teacher attended this summer?  I’m heading north to Connecticut today to get my son moved in at college (gulp!), but I wanted to make sure you’d seen...