Christmas, fractions, guided math, hands on learning, holidays, math, multiplication, problem solving, student engagement, task cards, test prep

How to Have Fun When You Don’t Have Time for Fun!

Some of my favorite memories of my elementary school years involve making crafts and playing games! My favorite craft was making gingerbread scented salt dough ornaments! But, anyone who teaches in this day and age knows we don’t always have time to do the fun stuff, right! So, to make the most of the season I sneak in a little…

Read More

addition, Christmas, guided math, holidays, problem solving

Candy Shop Math Centers

I am getting excited about the holiday season! I have made some new games/activities to play with my 3rd and 4th graders using some really fun clip art! Seriously, the elves are so cute! The four newest games/activities I have created are: Addition Bingo Subtraction Matching Addition and Subtraction Balancing Equations Addition and Subtraction Word Problems The four activities can…

Read More

addition, back to school, classroom ideas, elementary, guided math, hands on learning, math, problem solving

Tips to Plan and Prep for Math Workshop or Guided Math

While there may be times that you want to use a traditional whole group model for instruction, there are other times you need to work with small groups in order to differentiate for your individual student’s needs. Math workshop (or guided math) is a very successful way to work in small group instruction time and maximize student learning. To make…

Read More

addition, elementary, hands on learning, kinesthetic learners, math, problem solving, student engagement

There are many ways to teach problem solving to elementary students. Most students are successful with a well structured problem solving plan.  However, we all have at least a few students who just don’t “get it” with regular classroom lessons. Working one on one or in small groups and applying well planned interventions helps these students find success.  Last week I shared my first three…

Read More

addition, division, elementary, math, problem solving

Interventions for Problem Solving in Math

There are many ways to teach problem solving to elementary students. Most students are successful with a well structured problem solving plan.  However, we all have at least a few students who just don’t “get it” with regular classroom lessons. Working one on one or in small groups and applying well planned interventions helps these students find success. My favorite “Go To” intervention strategies are:  …

Read More

addition, elementary, freebies, guided math, hands on learning, math, problem solving

How to Solve Multi-Step Word Problems

After many years of teaching I have put together a “tool box” of tips and tricks to help students really understand and solve word problems, even the all complicated multi-step problems. Today I would like to share some of those tips!  Whether you are a teacher, home school parent, or a parent helping your child with homework, these tips should help!