# best teaching practices

## 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

## Comparing Fractions with Common Denominators & Common Numerators

Comparing Fractions with Common Denominators & Common Numerators If students understand what a fraction is and have a good understanding of comparing unit fractions, comparing … 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

## 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

## Multiplying Fractions: Keeping the Skill in Context

Multiplying Fractions: Keeping the Skill in Context I have found my students struggling to grasp the act of multiplying and dividing fractions conceptually. One suggestion … Read more

## Pizza Fractions – Unit Fractions

Pizza Fractions – Unit Fractions I always start with this activity as a foundation for comparing unit fractions. Every year, this activity is a huge hit with … 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

## 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

## 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

## Less than, Equal to, or More than ½

Less than, Equal to, or More than ½ Now that students have had plenty of practice with comparing fractions to a half, this part is … Read more