Upper Elementary (3-5) Posts

Slow to Go Fast: Multiplication Progression

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...

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Place Value: Rounding with CPA

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...

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Place Value: More or Less

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!

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Place Value: Back to Basics

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...

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Working with Fractions: Subtracting Fractions

Working with Fractions: Subtracting Fractions

Last, but not least, we’re closing out our Working with Fractions series with subtracting fractions with Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) means.  When it comes to subtracting fractions, this operation is very similar to adding fractions in how students understand...

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