Adding and Subtracting 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 meaning of the fraction. Fractions greater than one can also cause a challenge when […]

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Teaching Word Problems

Teaching Word Problems

It’s no secret that addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems present a considerable challenge to students. Students often rush through word problems and immediately try to find an answer, rather than thinking about the meaning of the problem. Students see a word problem and want to immediately grab the numbers and do something with

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Addition Remediation

After I finish my place value remediation lessons, I begin my lessons for subtraction and addition remediation. I always begin with addition, but I do intermix fact families as I teach addition. This allows subtraction to become a more natural form of computation for students. These lessons begin very easy, but they build a conceptual

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