Building Conceptual Understanding

Making Half

Making Half Finding Half Using Fraction Bars Before diving into equivalent fractions, I have found that letting students explore by building ½ with fraction bars helps build a foundation … Read more

Fractions Introduction

Fractions Introduction Start off with a quick conversation to activate prior knowledge *tip: have visual pictures available for students to see“Where and where do we … Read more

Comparing Fractions Chant

Comparing Fractions Chant Need a chant to help with comparing fractions? Here is a chant that encompasses not just the skill but the conceptual understanding! … Read more

Do we just add a zero at the end?

Do we just add a zero at the end? Creating number sense is something students struggle with throughout their elementary school career – I know … Read more

Multiplying Decimals | Why does it get smaller?

Multiplying Decimals | Why does it get smaller? We were doing a lesson on multiplying decimals with models when a student asked a question: “Why … Read more

Prime & Composite | Save the Animals

Prime & Composite | Save the Animals Teach the divisibility rules first Teaching students the divisibility rules can save a lot of time! Teach the … Read more

Is it 10x the value or 1/10 the value?

Is it 10x the value or 1/10 the value? FOCUS TEK: Supporting 4.2A interpret the value of each place-value position as ten times the position … Read more

Decimal Investigation

Decimal Investigation Building a strong understanding of how our base ten system works is always so important. Taking the time to help students understand this … Read more

Dividing Decimals with Models

Dividing Decimals with Models Aubrey’s mom is planning to make her famous orange limeade and asks Aubrey to go to the store. Aubrey ended up buying 3 … Read more

Perimeter and Area of Irregular Shapes

Perimeter and Area of Irregular Shapes Finding Parallel Sides The first thing my students practice is finding the set of parallel sides. Doing this will … Read more