## Test Prep Starts Now

Every bone in my body wants to stick my head in the sand and pretend that I don’t have to worry about state testing this year. I don’t want to think about it. At all. I would much rather completely ignore testing, but I wouldn’t be doing anyone any favors. If I wait until testing […]

## Teaching Multiplication Facts

Teaching multiplication facts is certainly a challenge. I surveyed more than 20,000 teachers about their biggest challenge teaching math, and the overwhelming response was that students don’t know their multiplication facts. We’ve all experienced it. Some students easily memorize their multiplication facts, and other students memorize most of their multiplication facts but struggle with the

## Multiplication Resources Part 2

This post is the second part of my multiplication series. It focuses on teaching multi-digit multiplication with area models, partial product, and incorporating problem solving. If you missed the first post in the series, you can find it here. Week 4  1-Digit By 4-Digit On the fourth week of the multiplication unit, I finally begin

## Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Tomorrow, my students will participate in a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. We originally had a school-wide outdoor activity planned, but due to rain, I’m moving to Plan B. The goal of the Halloween scavenger hunt is for students to place the corresponding sticker beside each of the seven riddles. The trick is that students have to

## The BEST Math Playground Games

Have you ever stumbled upon a website and wondered why you’ve never used it before? That’s how I was with Math Playground. It was love at first click. I am very picky when it comes to websites and math games. I am not looking for more skills practice with low level computation and little to

## 4 Steps to Eliminate Fake Reading

It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and we’re well into the school year. I’ve taught my reading mini lesson and have already met with one guided reading group. I look around the room and everyone appears to be on task during their independent reading time. Things are running perfectly. But not really. One student “finishes” at least

## The Day After Halloween Activities

These Day After Halloween activities are here to help!! I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the only days more challenging than Halloween is the day AFTER Halloween. There is nothing quite like a room full of children who’ve eaten nothing but candy over the past 24 hours.  I’ve heard many teachers say that

## Halloween Math Activities

These Halloween math activities are a blast for students! They’re so much fun and full of great math content. Here’s an overview of the Halloween math activities included in the Halloween edition of the Multiplication Math Centers. As with the other centers in a booklet format, everything can be copied into a single booklet. This

## Combine Multiplication Resources

After teaching place value and rounding, my next math unit is multi-digit multiplication. Since time is always a concern, I jump into this unit and pick up right where I left off with my previous unit. You can read more about my place value lesson plans and instruction here. In this post, I hope to

## Fictional Narrative Lessons

Fictional narrative lessons are almost always fun for students! In fact, most upper elementary students love writing fictional narratives. They get to let their creative juices flow and have fun with writing. However, this may be the most challenging writing genre for students. Even though fictional narratives are “fun” they require considerable planning and technique.

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