### How to Teach Difficult Word Problems Like a Boss

“And that is how we solve a compare problem!” I say triumphantly as I step away from a white board filled with pictures and numbers. “Ok, go ahead and try the next one on your own.” Quiet, blank stares, tapping pencils. No one knows what to do. That’s when I realized that I was teaching…

### 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

Skip counting ideas and activities for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade math class. This post contains affiliate links.     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…

### 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. Read Now

### 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

A list of activities that build number sense in the elementary math classroom. Especially for 1st and 2nd graders. This post contains affiliate links.   “Mrs. Braun?” a second grader asked. “What comes after September?” With a smile, I responded, “October,” but my stomach tightened like it does when I realize I’ve left my curling…

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

Ideas for teaching math fact fluency strategies in first and second grade. 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…

### 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

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 vertices.  The avalanche of card stock shapes went home with the kids (thank goodness) but we kept this chart to…