### 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!…

### Thanksgiving Activity Freebie

The seasonal aisle at my grocery store switched directly from Halloween to Christmas, but I refuse to ignore Thanksgiving!  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  I’ve got a Thanksgiving activity freebie for you!  It’s a color by number that helps kids practice +10 and -10.  It’s great as a math center, homework, or something to…

### 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…

### 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…

### 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

Improve math fact fluency for addition and subtraction by teaching first and second graders how to choose the best math strategy for a fact.   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…

### Part-Part-Whole

Problem: My students have such a hard time with unknowns in all positions of math problems. (Common Core standards 1.OA.A.1, 2.OA.A.1) Solution: Give them plenty of exposure to part-part-whole!  It seems so basic, just a way of showing the two smaller numbers that combine to make a bigger number.  As shown on the picture, 3…

### An Easy Strategy that Boosts Math Fact Fluency

A strategy to teach elementary students for increased math fact fluency. Problem: My students spent so much time counting on to add.  It’s not efficient! Solution: While there are a variety of strategies for adding, one of my most recent discoveries is what I call the “in betweens” strategy.  Here’s how it works:    …