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My Weekly Math Block

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My Weekly Math Block

I often get questions about my schedule. One of the questions I get most is what my math block looked like. It can be confusing and overwhelming to plan out your math schedule. It seems like every year more is added to out plate: weekly math prompts, progress monitoring, Student Learning Objectives, and more! Trying to fit everything in can be a challenge. While my schedule did change slightly from year to year, I tried to keep the overall structure the same the best I could. I am going to show you how I set up my math block as...

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Math About Me

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Math About Me

I want to tell you about a really easy and fun get to know you activity. This can also be used for a fun math activity throughout the year. What's even better is that your students will love to create these and they make FABULOUS hallway displays.  First, you print off the math page that is most appropriate for your classroom. Have your students fill out the different sections by creating math sentence, models, or pictures to represent information about themselves. This is a great review of place value concepts, fact families, and more.  Then the students can color or...

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Hexagon Fractions

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Hexagon Fractions

Pattern blocks are a great way to introduce fractions and talk about shape attributes at the same time. They provided a hands-on way for my kids to see how numerators are smaller pieces that can make up a whole. These pages with the blank hexagons and the chart helped my kids begin to manipulate the pieces and get used to the idea of a hexagon as the whole. From there, we would create simple fractions, still using the hexagon as a whole. This is also a great page to use when creating equivalent fractions because kids can easily see how...

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5 Ways to Make Fractions FUN

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5 Ways to Make Fractions FUN

Fractions can be a tricky concept for students. There are things that seem "backwards" and confusing. Take, for example, this list of fractions: 1/2, 1/4, 1/6. Which fraction is the smallest? The one with the BIGGEST denominator! That can really confuse some of our kiddos. At first, the idea of teaching fractions scared me. However, I began to learn that teaching fractions can actually be a lot of fun! Here are 5 tips and tricks that I've used to help make fractions easier to understand. 1. Fractions and Food: Make fractions familiar. Kids have been working with fractions their entire...

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Flashcards for Fact Fluency

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Flashcards for Fact Fluency

I wanted to give a little bit more information to those of you who have asked about my flashcards. I created three different formats of the flashcards I use as part of my fact fluency program, so you can pick which format works best for you. These can be used in a variety of was to meet your classroom needs. I used mine as daily practice to teach fact families. There are no operation signs (+, -, x, ÷) on purpose. The goal of these flashcards is to help your students understand how the fact families are related. (You can grab my...

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