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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!

Place Value: Back to Basics

As we move from numeracy into number sense, one of the most important things we need students to understand is our place value system.  Typically, we start off our year learning about place value, reviewing from last year and then building on that. This year...

Conservation Milestones: Conservation to 20

As our numeracy talks start to lean towards actual number talks, let’s look at conservation to 20! Conservation to 20 numeracy talks are appropriate towards the end of the kindergarten year (the last two or three months). In 1st grade, we would start conservation to...

Conservation Milestones: Conservation to 10

First grade is a big year - the transition from numeracy to number talks!  Beginning in PreK, we assess the kinesthetic level of our PreK students and begin to work on conservation to 5. In Kindergarten, we want to work with any students that need kinesthetic...

Conservation Milestones: Conservation to Five

Numeracy development is key at the beginning of the year! Within the first three weeks of starting school, whether you are a PreK or Kindergarten teachers, we want to find out where students are within their early math levels so you can plan for the rest of the year,...

Back to School: 3 Tips for Math in the Time of COVID

To say “back to school” will look a little different this year, might be an understatement! Across the country, schools are working with a tornado of different ideas and plans, some of which have yet to be solidified even today!