One way to increase student engagement is to incorporate task cards into your instruction. You can use task cards with centers, playing Scoot, or even use them digitally. While I love using my more traditional task cards, I'm always on the lookout for out of the box ideas to keep

## End of the Year Math Project

This Summer Camp Math Project is one of my favorite ways to end the school year. Each of the activities has a summer camp theme. While it's certainly not necessary for students to have read Holes to enjoy this resource, the ones who are familiar with the book will definitely

## Teaching Data Analysis & Graphing

I kind of don't have a unit for teaching data analysis and graphing. Technically, I do have one (here it is), but I don't teach it lesson by lesson. Instead, I try to incorporate the graphing lessons within my other math units. The reason I do this isn't because of some profound

## Testing During A Not So Typical Year

No two years teaching are ever exactly the same. Your students change, the calendar changes, the curriculum changes, and some years your grade level changes, and the quantity of gray hairs increases. However, the 2020-2021 school years bring those differences to a whole new

## Teaching the Concept of Division

Division can be a tricky and confusing concept for many students. When I was teaching 3rd grade, this was the unit when a large group of students would begin to fall behind. There are so many potential reasons for this struggle: lack of number sense, multiplication facts, and not

## Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers

When you throw the terms "multiply" and "fractions" in the same standard, it can sound a bit daunting. Fortunately, if students have a sound understanding of multiplication and fractions, this is somewhat natural for students. This post includes some of my favorite lessons for

## Add and Subtract Fractions

Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators typically isn't introduced until fifth grade, so this concept isn't too difficult for fourth graders. The most common mistake is for students to add or subtract the denominator, because they aren't thinking about the

## Comparing Fractions

This post includes some of my favorite lessons for teaching students to compare fractions with strategies such as: common numerator, common denominator, benchmark numbers, the missing piece, and equivalent fractions. The goal of the lessons is to help students develop concepts of

## Equivalent Fractions

The next portion of my Fraction Unit involves equivalent fractions. As students develop their fraction number sense, they typically come to the realization that some same-size fractions have different names. This gives a natural transition to teaching equivalent

## Fractions on a Number Line

This post highlights four of my favorite lessons for teaching fractions on a number line. These are lessons I use with my fourth grade students. When I was teaching third grade, I used very similar lessons and incorporated a bit more practice. You can read more about third grade

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