3-5, Estimation, Fractions, Making Math Accessible, Math Tools, Number Sense, SMPs, Strategy Development

As teachers and students ramp up for testing I was invited to visit a 5th grade class and asked to focus on fractions. Before the lesson, the teacher and I discussed the importance of a number line, which was an extension of a conversation we had a couple weeks back....
3-5, 6-8, Cheese Mover, Estimation, Math Tools, Modeling, Number Sense, Strategy Development

Students can create models that represent their understanding, but can they undo models that explain the reasoning of others? It was time to find out. I showed this picture to a 5th grade class and asked them to write an equation or expression that matched the area...
3-5, 6-8, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Games, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development

UPDATE 3/17/19: The updated cards can be found in this post (Multiplication Subitizing Cards: An Upgrade to Building Fluency) —————————— Learning basic facts through tricks or a mnemonic song lead students...
3-5, 6-8, Cheese Mover, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

I hate math tricks and avoid them at all costs. Tina Cardone and many members of #MTBOS are huge advocates of conceptual learning which is how we became blessed with this gem. There’s no denying that students love tricks, especially the ones that retrieve...
Estimation, Fact Fluency, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

I’ll start off by saying that I’m definitely not a Number Talks guru and over the past 4 years I’ve learned just enough to be dangerous! The first day of school is less than 12 days away and my summer is over! Thankfully I’ve had the...