What a nice surprise waited for me when I opened up my teaching partner's math cupboard! She had all her math manipulatives organized in tubs. This makes it easy to grab what you need in a hurry. She said it works well - when her first graders are done with the materials, they know to put them back into the tub and snap on the lid.

Most of the smaller tubs are "Ziplock" brand tubs that are meant for several uses. This is her second year of using them and they still look brand new!

## Saturday, September 13, 2014

## Friday, August 22, 2014

### Great Way to Look at the Mathematical Practices

Found a poster on the Internet that grouped the Mathematical Practices into mathematical behaviors. I made a poster to remind me, as I am lesson planning, to create activities that will weave these practices into the fabric of math.

Math - It Works |

## Saturday, August 16, 2014

### The Problem with Teaching Math After Lunch (Freebie)

Teach math after lunch? That means you have students who are suddenly sluggish and groggy. They're ready for a nap while you have visions of engaged, bright-eyed students tackling the toughest problems.

One thing I've found helpful is to start math before they even finish walking in the door. I have a stack of "answer cards" that I lay out on the desks ahead of time. As they walk in the door I hand them a problem card. They need to solve it and find the answer. (Their desk for the day) Every day they will sit in a different spot.

This strategy has kept students from getting too comfortable, gets them using math right away, is a great review, and sets the tone of the class. Here is a sample freebie to get you started!

Desk Cards

Math - It Works

One thing I've found helpful is to start math before they even finish walking in the door. I have a stack of "answer cards" that I lay out on the desks ahead of time. As they walk in the door I hand them a problem card. They need to solve it and find the answer. (Their desk for the day) Every day they will sit in a different spot.

This strategy has kept students from getting too comfortable, gets them using math right away, is a great review, and sets the tone of the class. Here is a sample freebie to get you started!

Desk Cards

Math - It Works

## Monday, August 4, 2014

### Number Hops (Freebie Included)

Have you tried a

Students begin with a target number and add or subtract their way to the final number. I encourage them to do this mentally by working with tens first, then with ones. It can be done as a whole group but students really like to work on them individually. Try it out with the freebie below. I have a months supply for 2nd graders in my TPT store. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Number Hops coming soon!

**lately? Just something I've been working on. I've had a lot of requests for quick (10 minute) warm-ups for math. Since 2nd graders work so much with place value and they really need to become fluent with numbers, I created***Number Hop***for 2nd grade.***Number Hops*Students begin with a target number and add or subtract their way to the final number. I encourage them to do this mentally by working with tens first, then with ones. It can be done as a whole group but students really like to work on them individually. Try it out with the freebie below. I have a months supply for 2nd graders in my TPT store. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Number Hops coming soon!

Penny

## Wednesday, July 30, 2014

### First day of School Activity

First ten minutes of the first day of school can seem awkward! I want students to have something to do while we wait for everyone to put their gear away and get settled. This simple activity has worked well for me.

Use a large piece of heavy paper. Draw apple shape (This is the best I can do:)

Create interesting puzzle pieces. Make a few more pieces than students for those that join your class later in the year.

Write students' names and snap a quick picture so when you need to reassemble it is easier!

First day of school, I put everyone's puzzle piece on their desk and they color them in. They can put things they like, special designs, you name it.

Throughout the day I have students work on putting the puzzle together. I don't tell them what it is and it usually takes awhile. This time gives students a chance to work together and I assess who my leaders are, who might need help with social skills, etc...

At the end I create a bulletin board right outside our classroom door by stapling the completed apple with the heading: Room 147 "Working Together - A Perfect Fit"

Penny

Other activities for your students during the year

Use a large piece of heavy paper. Draw apple shape (This is the best I can do:)

Create interesting puzzle pieces. Make a few more pieces than students for those that join your class later in the year.

Write students' names and snap a quick picture so when you need to reassemble it is easier!

First day of school, I put everyone's puzzle piece on their desk and they color them in. They can put things they like, special designs, you name it.

Throughout the day I have students work on putting the puzzle together. I don't tell them what it is and it usually takes awhile. This time gives students a chance to work together and I assess who my leaders are, who might need help with social skills, etc...

At the end I create a bulletin board right outside our classroom door by stapling the completed apple with the heading: Room 147 "Working Together - A Perfect Fit"

Penny

Other activities for your students during the year

## Monday, July 28, 2014

### 6 Great Ways To Learn Multiplication Facts

**THE YEAR OF MULTIPLICATION.**It is all things multiplied. Yet, it has always been a struggle for students to become fluent with their facts. Flashcards are boring and not very effective. We don't have a lot of extra time during the day to work on fact fluency (in fact no extra time at all). Some parents will put in the time at home, some won't.

So what do we do?

__Here are a few suggestions:__1. It always helps when students are familiar with their

**multiples**first. That way, if they do need to resort to their fingers for skip counting, they can do it quickly and easily until they memorize. Sooner or later, after having to figure out what 3 x 4 is, they

**will**memorize it.

2. There are many

**on-line programs**(even free programs) that focus on multiplication facts. Sometimes kids are motivated to practice when it is on-line in a game-like format. If you have classroom funds,

**is a fantastic investment. It runs about $8 a student and runs for a year.**

*"First in Math"*3. Make fact problems part of every warm-up, every day.

4. Use arrays to help students memorize the square numbers (3x3, 4x4,) In our classroom, we had Crazy Eight, a square with 64 hunting dogs!

5. A school-wide program of recognition, or even a grade-level focus with incentives may put a buzz in the air around learning facts.

6. If you do use flashcards, use

**Triangle Fact Cards.**That way, students have 3 visual numbers to connect with, they are subliminally getting the message of how multiplication and division work together and you can change which missing number you are looking for, which prepares them for those more difficult 6 x __ = 24 type questions. Triangle Fact Cards

Triangle Number Cards |

Check for missing product |

## Thursday, July 24, 2014

### Making the Hardest Subtraction Problem Easy! Freebie Included

Just when you think your students have a handle on subtraction......along comes a problem with multiple zeros. Then it becomes a "can you remember which zeros turn into 10's and which zeros turn into 9's? Don't forget the last digit that has to become one less. Here is an easy trick to show students about subtracting when a bunch of zeros rear their ugly heads.

Hopefully all the leg work of showing students what we are doing to a number when we re-group, using base 10 blocks, has already been done. If students have difficulty with determining one less than 3,000, then we know we have some place value work to do!

Here is a freebie to practice.

Subtraction Practice

Hopefully all the leg work of showing students what we are doing to a number when we re-group, using base 10 blocks, has already been done. If students have difficulty with determining one less than 3,000, then we know we have some place value work to do!

Here is a freebie to practice.

Subtraction Practice

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