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!…

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.

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…

Open Number Lines Explained

If Not the Algorithm, Then What? The summer before my school was implementing Common Core math standards, we all attended a 3-day training.  In 2nd grade we tackle “regrouping” (or borrowing and carrying) in addition and subtraction.  It’s a big deal for us, it’s our thing, and we’re proud to teach this critical skill. I…

Math Fact Running Record

Today I’m linking up with Miss V’s Busy Bees to talk about assessment! Have you had this experience during math: “Everybody tell me what the answer to the problem is..” “Seventeen!” You think: Wow!  My kids are doing great with solving math facts. Then you go to test them only to find out that some…

Choosing the Best Math Strategy

Matching Strategies to Equations Problem: I’ve taught my students lots of math fact strategies but how do I get them to put those strategies to use?!? Solution: Learning HOW to carry out a strategy is one skill but it’s not helpful unless a student knows WHEN to use that strategy.  It’s useful to devote some instruction…