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## Counting Buddy Fun

Do you have a Counting Buddy Jr. or a Counting Buddy Sr. in your classroom? Ever wished you used it more? Get ready to explore the many ways this versatile little manipulative can be used, even outside of math!  I designed the Counting Buddy nine years ago as an...

## Slow to Go Fast: Multiplication Progression

It's about that time of the year… If you are a 3rd grade teacher, you’ve probably been reviewing addition and subtraction from 2nd grade and working on concepts of place value, and now it’s time to help kids understand their multiplication facts and patterns! If...

## Visual Models: Demystifying Additive and Multiplicative Comparison Problems

Your students are all part-whole problem pros??  Must be time to enter the world of comparison problems using visual models! Some teachers are confused by additive and multiplicative comparison problems, thinking of them as just part-whole multi-step problems....

## Going Deeper with Visual Models: Part-Whole Multiplication/Division

Have you tried visual models yet? Ready for more? Let’s bring in the rest of the Part-Whole family of word problems in today’s blog! Watch this first! Prerequisite: If you haven’t watched our Visual Model Basics video yet, stop - right now! - and go watch it! It will...

## Visual Models: Your Secret Weapon for Word Problem Comprehension

Tape diagrams, model drawings, visual models, bar, model, unit bar - different names for the same thing: strategies to help with the comprehension of word problems for students.  Sometimes in math, each book or teacher takes a name for a really great idea and...

## Place Value: Rounding with CPA

Ever felt like banging your head against a wall as you’re teaching this one? You’re in good company! Usually, we go to that old procedure we were taught where you underline the place you’re rounding to (if you’re rounding to the nearest 10, you underline the 10s...

## Place Value: More or Less

Got place value basics? Great! Now, let’s apply those concepts as we go deeper into place value with the idea of more and less!