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How to Organize an Elementary Math Block

Here’s an equation for you… ES + x – y + 5(z)= A Great Day in Elementary Math If the ES=Elementary Students, what do you think the ‘x’ and ‘y’ and ‘z’ represent?  Maybe…  x=Coffee  y=A Broken Copier  z=Classroom Associates Elementary Students + Coffee – A Broken Copier + 5

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Math Center Ideas for Upper Elementary

Bring peace to your day with these math center ideas for upper elementary. Take a moment to imagine the perfect moment in your math class. Live in that moment. Let your mind work its way around your classroom and observe your students.  First, you see yourself. You are working with

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Digital Puzzles for Math Review

Use Digital Puzzles for Math Review

Math review can get a little boring, but these digital puzzles can help. Awesome for in-person or digital learning, these interactive math review puzzles are self-checking and perfect for centers or individual work. Puzzles provide the ultimate learning experience. They require problem-solving and focus, and when they are combined with

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3 Fraction Challenges for Upper Elementary

Teaching fractions just got a whole lot more exciting with these three fraction challenges for students. Rather than teaching fractions in worksheets or on the whiteboard, use some of these challenges to get students to use and model fractions in creative ways. In the Find a Fraction Challenge students will

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3 Unexpected Ways to Use Task Cards

Task cards remind me a lot of cards from the board game Trivial Pursuit. Each card has a task or question on it, and the task cards can be used in a variety of ways. Let’s be honest, if you have been teaching elementary school for a while, you are

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8 Ways to Practice Math Facts

Now, maybe I’m dating myself here, but do you remember the old days when math was all about the teacher holding up flashcards and doing daily timed worksheets (sometimes on colored paper!)? Some of us look back on those days and appreciate the simplicity of the redundant exercises. Many of

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Place Value Resource Round Up

There are few certainties in the world these days, but one thing I know for sure is that if you teach upper-elementary math, you are going to be teaching place value this year and you are going to need place value resources. I also know that if you teach 5th

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Rounding Activities

Rounding Activities Kids Will Love

Rounding numbers always seems to be a challenge for many of my students each year.  We create anchor charts, practice, and play games until they finally start to get it.  Today I’m going to talk to you about a few of the rounding activities we did to review rounding.  We

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