These clever ideas for organizing math stations are going to help keep your classroom tidy all year long! Each tip is clickable and will lead you to more details about organizing the math stations. Use colorful storage drawers with wipe off labels to rotate your current centers throughout the year. 2. Use empty frosting cans to store card games. 3.…

## Expanded Notation Made Easy(ish)

I am not sure when I learned how to write numbers in expanded notation, but I am certain it was not in 3rd grade. Students now are expected to learn how to write numbers in expanded notation as early as 3rd grade here in Texas and I am sure that applies to other states as well. But why? It is…

## Using Money to Understand Place Value

I like place value blocks. They are a great concrete model for helping students to understand the relationship between ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. Students can count the blocks and set them side by side to see that ten ones is the same as one hundred or that one hundred tens is equal to one thousand. I also think it…

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…

## 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: …

## Geometry Center Activities

Geometry is one of my favorite units to teach! Maybe it is because I like to quilt so the patterns and shapes are fun for me! Maybe it is because there are so many hands on activities for my students! Some of my favorite activities for centers and/or workstations (math workshop) are: 1. Tangrams: I love to give my students…

## Figuring Out Elapsed Time

Do your students have trouble with elapsed time? It can be a tricky skill, but I have learned a few things that help my students to be successful! 1.) Read the problem once and then discuss or think about the story. Is it in order? What does the story tell you? 2.) Read the story a second time and…

## 5 Top Tips for Test Prep

Seriously, how did it go so fast? Here we are almost to the end of the year, enjoying the Spring weather and looking forward to lazy days of Summer … BUT … we have to get through end of year testing first! Here are a few tips to make test prep successful: Tip 1: Prioritize areas of need – I don’t…

## Connecting Math to Student’s Interest

So, we all have had that one kid that just hates math, or that one kid who is bored because they don’t see the meaning to learning math. Okay, if we are really being honest, we know quite a few of these kids … quite a few each year! Flash back to my beginning years teaching. I naïvely thought if…

## Awesome Math & Science Easter Activities

It is that time of year again! Time for jelly beans, eggs, bunnies and baskets! There are so many ways to use Easter excitement to keep your students engaged in classroom lessons. Here are some of my favorites from around the web: Math: One of my favorite activities this time of year is a Math Egg Hunt! Buy a…