Reading whole numbers is an important math literacy skill and is one that's closely related to place value. Students often misread whole numbers, so teach them the swoop and group word attack strategy, which is often used in reading literacy instruction. It works for math, too!

Reading Whole Numbers Using the Swoop and Group Word Attack Strategy

Please welcome Michelle Williams, a 4th grade teacher from Texas.  Today she shares a super helpful idea to help students attack large numbers much in the same way they would attack large words.  Thanks for sharing Michelle! When students learn how to read, they begin to read words with CVC patterns, but as they encounter

Place value is a core understanding in math that comes up over and over again in the curriculum through K-12 schooling. Our guest blogger believes that place value should be revisited often, and she shares a few tips for how to teach and practice place value year-round.

Place Value at Every Grade

Hello! I’m Ashley from The Teacher’s Treasure Chest!  I am so thankful Rachel let me stop by Minds in Bloom! I love her blog and have used several of her products! I have been teaching for five-and-a-half years. For two-and-a-half years, I was substitute teaching. The other three were spent in the primary levels. I am very

Finding Measurement Tough to Manage? Ideas for 4th and 5th Grade

We continue our awesome guest post from Chris of Making Meaning.  If you missed the first post about finding time for measurement and data for 2nd and 3rd grade, read more here.     Take it away Chris! The Fourth Grade MD standards: As fractions become more important in 4th grade, the percentage of standards

Finding Measurement Tough to Manage? Ideas for 2nd and 3rd

Please welcome Chris of Making Meaning.  Chris wrote an in depth blog post about finding ways to sneak in measurement and data standards into your classroom each day.  It was so good that I decided to break it into two posts.  One for 2nd and 3rd grade and the other for 4th and 5th grade.

Math is a challenging subject, and many parents feel inadequate at helping their children succeed in math. It's an obstacle, but it's not one that's impossible to overcome. Our guest blogger, who is a veteran teacher, shares several excellent tips for parents to help their children succeed in math this school year.

Help Your Child Succeed in Math This School Year

I am so pleased to welcome veteran teacher Vicky (aka SciPi) to Minds in Bloom. This post is full of great tips to help your child succeed in what is often a challenging subject. Success in school starts and continues at home, but many parents feel inadequate when it comes to helping their children with

Data standards are always tricky to teach, but our guest blogger doesn't see certain Common Core standards taught in third, fourth, and fifth grades often enough. It's a data standard that asks students to use number lines to enhance their understanding of fractions. This data standard is tied into the fraction knowledge required at each grade level, and it is a great way to incorporate fractions, measurement, and data at the same time.

Data Standards: Common Core Style

Lucky us, we have a math specialist guest posting today! Read her post to find out how to implement one of the trickier Common Core data standards.   In the Common Core, there is a measurement and data standard (MD.B) that I don’t see being addressed in many programs at the third, fourth, and fifth

What are some ways to make math assessments less boring

Create Engaging Assessments with Math Performance Tasks

I am so pleased to host guest blogger Michaela Almeida of Reading Royalty. Her post just may revolutionize the way you assess math!   As a child my feelings toward math were lukewarm at best. My distaste for math only worsened as I continued through school, hearing from teacher after teacher that math just “wasn’t

Common Core strategies often seem to leave people wondering why things are done the way they are. In fact, the Common Core State Standards have been quite controversial since they were introduced. However, at least as far as math is concerned, there is actually a "method to the madness" with the Common Core strategies, which our guest blogger describes in detail in this post.

Common Core Strategies for Teaching Math (and why they really are a good idea)

I am so happy to host Mrs. BBZ’s guest post because she does an incredible job of demystifying the strategies. As a child I had no idea why I “carried the 1” when doing addition. I just did it by rote. These strategies would have helped me to actually understand addition and subtraction with regrouping rather than just

Add this BOOM! game to your task card routine, and your students will love it! It's a fun way to mix up centers, review, and general instruction.

BOOM! A Free Game to Use with Task Cards!

It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to review. Just mix the BOOM! Cards in with another set of task cards and put them into a BOOM! bin. Players take turns drawing cards and answering them. They get to keep the cards they answer correctly. But if a player draws a BOOM! card,

ideas for teaching dollars and cents to students

Ideas for Teaching Dollars and Cents

Counting coins, making change, and solving money word problems are all important skills. Here are some ideas to help you teach them! NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.   Counting Coins First off, manipulatives are the way to go, ideally real coins and “play” dollars, but the plastic version is okay. It is fun

Division Interpreting the Remainder Freebie

FREE Interpreting Remainders Handout and Posters

Division is the trickiest of the four basic operations. Word problems are also quite difficult for many students. Throw in interpreting remainders, and you have a Trifecta of Confusion in Elementary Mathland. That is unfortunate, because interpreting remainders is an important skill, and it is also part of the Common Core Standards. The trick to interpreting

how can I implement cooperative learning in my classroom

Cooperative Math Problem Solving

Today, I am trading blogs with Laura Candler of Corkboard Connections!  You can read her insightful post about cooperative math problem solving right here and then hop on over to Corkboard Connections to read my post about task cards.   Cooperative learning can transform a classroom, but it does take a bit of trial and error to

Free Jenga Multiplication and Addition Games

Why use flashcards or worksheets to practice basic facts when you can use a game instead? You can use these free fact strips to make Jenga into a game students will love to play again and again. If you don’t have a class Jenga set already, you can probably find one for a dollar or

What are some fun math games to play in the classroom?

Diffy – A Fun Subtraction Game!

Diffy is great for practicing subtraction, but it also requires students to think logically and identify patterns. It can be played with integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and money, but I think it is most fun with whole numbers. It’s great for kids, but adults enjoy playing, too. Begin by writing four different numbers into

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