### Help Students Understand Addition With Regrouping Using Sticky Notes

Make addition with regrouping simpler! If you have laid a solid foundation in place value, your students are probably ready to take on addition with regrouping.  Kids can quickly get lost in what number to carry and where to write it.  Fortunately, there’s a teaching aid hiding right in your desk drawer…the versatile sticky note!…

### Why I Teach Time to the Minute First

This sounds crazy but stay with me for a minute ; ) It works like this: *Explain or review that the short hand points to the hour. *Point out all of the little tick marks around the clock.  Count them all together to establish that there are sixty.  Explain that the long hand shows how…

### The Big List of Skip Counting Activities

If you teach 1st or 2nd grade you’ve probably spent a lot more time skip counting than the average person off the street.  It’s one of those things that kids need a lot of short, frequent practice with.   If the thought of counting by 5s one more time makes your want to poke your…

### Addition with Regrouping Using Sticky Notes

Check out my post on the iTeach Second blog about how to use sticky notes to model addition with regrouping.

### The 10-Minute Routine that Skyrockets Number Sense

I will never forget my first day of student teaching when my host teacher put a 2-digit by 2-digit division problem on the board and asked the kids to mentally solve it. I’m not sure what her point is here because I’m sure they’ll all be stumped. After a couple of minutes of silent “think time” she…

### 5 Must Try Classroom Tools for Building Number Sense

Building Number Sense Don’t miss the math running record GIVEAWAY near the end of this post! I’m linking up again this week with Denise from #TeacherMom for her Building Back to School linky party!  This week we’re talking about classroom tools and I’m sharing my favorite tools for building number sense.  These are perfect activities…

### A Beginner’s Guide to Math Strategies – Part 1

A Continuum of Math Strategies Math strategies develop along a continuum (see the dashboard above).  We teachers can build students’ mathematical power by recognizing where they are on the strategy continuum, and helping them to move toward the most efficient strategies.The Institute for Mathematics and Education describes three levels of strategies for each operation (read more…

### Teaching Coordinate Graphing

Teaching coordinate graphing has never been so lively!  Here are ideas to engage all kinds of learners. Capture the Penguins Coordinate Graphing Game Turn coordinate graphing practice into a game!  MathWire.com has several different coordinate graphing games to play but I loved this one!  Students fill the grid with some kind of marker.  Here the…

### 3D Shapes Anchor Chart

It’s a snowy holiday Monday here in Colorado.  I have a fun anchor chart to share for Anchors Away Monday. I made this chart with my class when we were studying 3D shapes.  All of the kids cut and taped together their own shapes.  Then we held them up and counted the faces, edges, and…