Last week when my students walked in the classroom and saw the escape boxes set-up, they started bubbling with excitement. I was asked no less than 100 times, "Are we going to do an escape today?". I let the suspense build until they just about couldn't take it anymore, and then

## Explaining Answers in Math

Teaching students how to explain their answers in math is not an easy task. At the beginning of the year a student's typical math explanation looks something like this, "I added 120+230 and got 350." Sometimes I even have students write, "I did it in my head." I've even seen, "I

## Your Starting Place For Teaching Fractions

It's hard to think of a math concept more important to upper elementary students than teaching fractions. Unfortunately, many students, even adults, have a difficult time understanding fractions. For many students, fractions are where they begin to struggle with math. The concept

## Christmas Math Project

The only thing more fun than a math project is a Christmas math project! It combines two of my favorite things. You can find this Christmas project here. You can read about my Christmas Fraction Project here.
In this activity, students are invited to enter a house in a holiday

## Christmas Fraction Project

Several years ago, I used my Christmas Geometry Project as a multi-day math project before Christmas break. When I changed grade levels, I wasn't been able to use the activity, because I hadn't taught geometry. I LOVED the math project so much that I turned the Geometry Project

## Thanksgiving Math Activities

Through conversations with other teachers, I've seen an increasing need for more differentiation options and opportunities with math tasks and math projects. I have several ideas for tiered tasks in mind, but I'm sure those projects will take quite some time to create. In this

## How to Teach Long Division

As I began teaching long division through the area model and partial quotient, I became concerned that while my students were learning the procedures they weren’t adequately learning the concept behind the procedures. I did not want the area model strategy and partial quotient

## Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication

Is it crazy that I get excited when I begin teaching multi-digit multiplication? Probably. I'll own it. I think it's so fun because it's the first topic I teach that is completely new to students. Place value, rounding, addition, and subtraction are all built off of previous

## Football Math Project

I love finding ways to tap into my students' passions and interests, and football is definitely at the top of many of my students' list. This football math project meets all of my requirements for a good lesson, AND my students think it is the coolest thing ever. I actually got

## 3rd Grade Place Value Centers

If you've spent much time on my website or follow me on social media, you know that I am passionate about high quality math instruction. I'm a firm believer in balanced instruction with conceptual lessons, problem based learning, and an appropriate amount of skills practice and

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