## How to Solve Word Problems

Teaching students how to solve word problems has always been a challenge for teachers. As an upper elementary teacher, I frequently see students immediately try to find a solution, rather than thinking about the meaning of the problem. They see a word problem and want to instantly grab the numbers and do something with them. […]

## Division Interventions

High quality math interventions are not easy to find. I can access plenty of digital programs-some that I like, some that I don’t. But, students need more than practice on the computer. They need hands-on, guided lessons that provide authentic learning experiences. Since I’m responsible for my students’ math interventions, I ended up creating my

## No Prep Measurement

I posted my No Prep Measurement resource back in 2016. After I posted it, I ended up moving grade levels and never had an opportunity to share about this fun collection of activities. This no prep packet is perfect for third grade math teachers. In this post: Introduction Elapsed Time Length Liquid Volume Mass Introduction It

## Factors and Multiples Worksheets

These factors and multiples worksheets and activities can help you as you teach factors and multiples. I speak from experience when I say that teaching factors and multiples is not for the faint of heart. In fact, factors and multiples are one of the most challenging concepts for students. A lot of that challenge stems

## Math Fact Fluency

While all students benefit from math fact fluency, students who have difficulty in math may need more experiences and instruction to reach a solid level of fluency and automaticity. Those experiences may need to be more explicit and focused to support students. This post continues the blog series on how to support students who struggle in math

## 3 Step Guide to Word Problems

This article continues the blog series on teaching students who have difficulty in math. So far the series as addressed: Foundations of Math Instruction When Your Students Don’t Get It Systematic Instruction Mathematical Language Math Representations Math Facts To support students, especially those who have difficulty in math, we should provide deliberate word problem instruction.

## Place Value for Third Graders

Place value for third graders is an important part of your math curriculum. In this post I’ve shared some of my favorite place value lessons from my place value unit. There are few math concepts more important than place value, because this is the unit that lays the foundation for all other math units. It

## Using Math Representations

While all students benefit from multiple representations in math, students who have difficulty in math need more experiences with these representations. Those experiences may also need to be more explicit and focused. This post continues the blog series on how to support students who struggle in math by incorporating multiple representations. Types of Representations Concrete

## Math Vocabulary

This post continues the series on teaching students who struggle in math and focuses on the importance of math vocabulary. For most teachers this is an obvious part of the process, but I’d be remiss to leave it out. Math vocabulary is academic language that includes vocabulary and language structures when thinking about, talking about,

## Systematic Instruction

Systematic instruction intentionally builds students’ knowledge over time toward a specific learning outcome. This post continues the blog series on how to support students who struggle and shares strategies to incorporate systematic instruction for students who have difficulty in math. Systematic Instruction – Review I imagine that the review component of systematic instruction isn’t shocking

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