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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 more words, they soon realize that as words get larger,

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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 excited, though, to be starting my adventure into the intermediate

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Algebra is typically reserved for upper middle school and high school, but did you know that the Common Core State Standards encourage strands for teaching algebraic thought as early as kindergarten? Our guest blogger, a seasoned mathematical instructor with advanced degrees, breaks down this Common Core standard about algebraic thought and explains how it can be taught in grades K-5. Click through to read her explanations!

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 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and a vertical progression

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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 grade levels.  It is all about students constructing and using

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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, I’ve challenged my students to think and persevere when solving

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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 following the steps. And that is HUGE!   When I

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There are lots of creative ways for teaching dollars and cents. Rachel explores several games and activities that can be use to teach this important skill.

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! 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 and satisfying to handle real money, and it echoes real life. This cannot be said for pictures of coins on

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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 remainders is to really understand the problem and what is

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Cooperative learning is an excellent instructional tool, but students need independent work time first in order to grow confidence with content. Learn how this cooperative math problem solving system works so that you can try it out in your next math lesson!

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 be successful. When I was first trained, I used cooperative learning

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These free measurement task cards will help your student practice a variety of essential mathematics skills, as well as practice the skill of measurement. Plus, since they're task cards, you can use them in centers, as a review game, as partner work, and more!

FREE Measurement Task Cards!

I started off making a set of free task cards for upper elementary, but then I decided that the younger set should have some, too, so now there is something for almost everyone! Not only that, but both of these sets are also correlated with Common Core Standards. Measurement Task Cards for Grades 2-3 To complete these cards, your students will be measuring things around

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