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Using Grams, the Metric Unit for Weight Jul 07, 2022

Think about a gram for a moment.  Can you identify something that weighs one gram? Can you visualize the approximate size of something that would weigh a gram?  When you look at...

Building Math Skills With Habit Trackers Jun 28, 2022

Summer vacation is here!  When my kids were in elementary school, I would always get nervous at the thought of all those endless hours and the laments of, “Mom, there is NOTHING to...

What is a Ratio Table? Jun 21, 2022

When I was in school I never learned how to use a ratio table.  You might be asking yourself, "What is a ratio table?" I started using them as a teacher and have found them to be such a...

Math With Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Jun 14, 2022

Now that school is over, my kids and I are busy going on adventures – berry picking, afternoons at the pool, and trips to the park.  We are always toting a cooler filled with snacks...

What are the characteristics of a highly capable math student? May 24, 2022

What are the characteristics of a highly capable math student?  Does it mean that the student can calculate quickly or accurately?  Does it mean that that student is the first...

Subtraction Strategies - Comparison Method May 05, 2022

Often when we are talking with young children about subtraction we use the term “take away.”  While we can sometimes think of subtraction as taking away, subtraction can also...

Building Conceptual Understanding in Math May 03, 2022

Before the days of GPS systems if you needed to go somewhere in a new town you would get out a map and take a look at what route you might take. You might decide to take the freeway. You would do...

The Value of Counting Coins May 02, 2022

About ten years ago I asked a group of third graders how many of them had coins in their room at home that they could touch and play with.  Only about 1/3 of the class raised their hands....

Creating Lifelong Learners - Setting Routines Apr 29, 2022

When my son was in first grade his teacher wrote 4-7= on the board.  He eagerly shared that the answer was -3.  His teacher was caught off guard and realized that she had...