# MINDS IN BLOOM BLOG

### 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 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.

### Developing the Common Core Strand of Algebraic Thought with Representations

I am so very pleased to welcome Dr. Shari Beck of Teaching to Make a Difference to Minds in Bloom. Her in-depth post on developing algebraic thinking shows you exactly how to apply the standards to each elementary grade level.   Algebraic thinking is part of one of the major content strands included in the

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: 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

### 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

### Four Evil Math Wizard Spells That Change Basic Math Problems into Brain Bending Challenges

Yippee, more Common Core Math Strategies! I love this post from second-career teacher Deirdre Calhoun because it is not only well researched but also so very useful. Be sure to see her four “Evil Math Wizard” spells below…and check out her blog! They don’t call me the Evil Math Wizard for nothing. For over 10 years,

### 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

### 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

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

### 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

### 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

### 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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