Thursday, August 27, 2015

Math Task Cards for Rounding 4NBT3

Rounding Multi-Digit Numbers
to any place with precision and accuracy.

Trying my hand at creating some math task cards 
for my new group of Fourth Graders to practice 
rounding multi-digit numbers to any place value.

Thought I'd start with an no frill, easy on the ink 
task card set to help students practice as this skill.

You can download a free copy here...let me know if you think 
they'll be helpful or if you'd like to see something more/less added to them.

I'm just starting with 12 cards as my plan is to have these in a station...
IF I were using them as a scoot game, I'd need to make more...

Here's to a getting used to a new grade level!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Join me for a Twitter Chat on Engaging & Effective Apps!

Hope you'll join me tomorrow to talk about some engaging and effective
apps to use this year to get your students

Here's a list of the questions...

and here's a google slide presentation of some
of my favorite apps!
You can stop the presentation at anytime and
click on an image to take you to the resource in the slide show :)

Log Onto Twitter and search for the hashtag
#appengage #edcampglobal

It's gonna be a day of great PD
all from your comfy place!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Making Sense of Math Linky Week 4: Math Strategies

Excited to share some strategies for Math in
the Fourth Week of our 
"Making Sense of Math" link-up!

What are some strategies I use to build my 
Students' Number Sense?

1. Model Model Model....different methods and strategies for computation!
2. Have students do "mental math" in the hall... I ask them to 
"see it in your brain" as I give them math word tasks.
3. Let the kids take over the board...They explain how they solved a task and 
answer all the questions from their classmates!
4.  Ask students to explain their work...
(I had to be really clear that they weren't wrong...
I just needed to hear how they solved the problem... 
seems like if I asked them to explain...
they'd immediately thought their answer was wrong :)
5. Help students to realize there's MORE THAN one "right" way to solve a task!

What are some strategies I model?
I LOVE using Ten Frames in the classroom as well as the Hundreds Chart
Here's a great download from 
and it's FREE!
Has some great posters for modeling different strategies to use 
while computing equations :)

Here's a neat set of posters
Love the graphics and simple terms for the different strategies 
for adding and subtracting here.

Here's a super neat set of posters for 
Multi-Digit Multiplication Strategies
I look forward to using this year in Fourth!

The biggest part of helping my kiddos develop
a better sense of using strategies was 
Letting them do the talking!
They learn a ton from each other.

We also use the eight
Mathematical Practices in my district 
You can see Mary Lirette's 
Mathematical Practice Standards poster set HERE
She linked each one of the practices to a 
community helper's job.
Really helped the kids to see understand the practice more...
So while we're talking about our strategies,
We're using MP3,4,and 5 to help us 
share with others about the different ways that problems
can be solved :)


Our Making Sense of Math series continues on

Please consider linking up with us to share you thoughts, activities, and ideas
on Making sense of Math!
I'd love to see what types of strategies you
share with your students and how you get them 
to understand the idea that there's 
More than ONE right way to get the answer to a problem :)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Guest Blogging on The Techie Teacher

So excited to a part of the 
Guest Blogging Series over at
Hop over and check out some great
posts from some great bloggers!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Making Sense of Math Linky Week 3: Mental Math

Our series on "Making Sense of Math"
is in it's Third Week and the topic is
Mental Math

I LOVED using mental math techniques with my second graders!
I've gotten into the habit of having a
"Hall Basket" 
that sits on a desk outside my room and contains
lots of grab and go mental problems for hall travel.
I use the "down time" of waiting at the bathroom for some
hall mental math engagement!
I have flashcards as well as word problems 
on cards that I can ask students to show me the answer with their 
hands or whisper in my ear.
You can read more about how I use 
Number Talks to help build mental math 
on this POST
You might even find an #appengage app that I 
love using both on the iPads and the computer
to help work with rekenreks for mental math.

Be sure to hop over to 
Kinder Kraziness for more
Mental Math Shares and join the linky!

and be on the lookout for more in the series of...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Making Sense of Math Linky Week Two

I'm joining the 
Making Sense of Math Linky 
with my eFriends again this week!
This week we're talking about 
Modeling Different Computing Methods!
Marilyn Burns says, 
“When children think that there is one right way to compute, 
they focus on learning and applying it, 
rather than thinking about what makes sense 
for the numbers at hand.”

Have you ever used "Math Talks" with your students?
You can check out more about this great tool 
and see some demo videos on 
This is a wonderful time where I am able to 
record the different strategies students 
are using to solve a problem.
By writing down the solutions as the students are 
sharing them, I'm able to help expose everyone to strategies 
that they may not have considered.
The Teaching Channel has some great videos on 
ways to solve problems differently. 
One of the ideas I'm excited to try this year is 
called "Choose 3 Ways!". Students choose 3 different strategies 
to solve the same math task.
You can have students work on their own or with 
small groups to share the information.
The goal is to help students
focus on different methods that make sense
to help solve different situations...
to help them realize that there is 
no one right way to solve a math task...
to help them to become flexible thinkers...
Check out this video from "The Teaching Channel"...

I couldn't find the worksheet so I created my own...
You're welcome to download it HERE...

Another way I plan to help my students 
see different ways to compute the same problem is by
joining in the 
Wondering how you tweet a math task?
Check out this GoogleSlide presentation on #gmttc
or Tweet me a question

Keep hopping by to check out all the great topics we'll be
discussing during the months of July and August!

How do you plan to help your students
model different computing methods?

Join the linky below!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Making Sense of Math Linky Week One

Growing up, I never really “got” math! 
Teachers tried to explain the content, 
but it was never in a concrete format that I truly understood.  
Most of the time I just memorized and moved on. 
Consequently, during my first years as a teacher, 
math was the subject I liked teaching the LEAST! 

Skip forward about “XX” years and now I LOVE teaching math!
More than that…I LOVE sharing activities and ideas that 
help students understand math better with other teachers!

I’m linking up with some awesome eTeacher friends 
to participate in a Summer Post series about Number Sense.

Using Marilyn Burns 
'7 ways that teachers can directly impact a developing sense of numbers'
our posts will cover the following topics 
over the next 8 weeks…
(cause we’re creative and we can always find at least 
one more idea we want to share about!).

This first week we're discussing how we 
Link math to Real-World experiences...

In Marilyn Burns terms....
'Present students with situations that relate to both 
inside and outside classroom experiences. 
Students need to recognize that numbers 
are useful for solving problems.' 
- See more at: 

One of the best ways to connect math to the real-world
was through Twitter Math Tasks for me...
I had my students Tweet tasks on Tuesdays 
to see if other classes from around the world
would be able to solve their questions.

Read more about our 
Global Connections through Twitter

I challenge you to connect your class globally..
choose your grade level to share with 
Mrs. Ladd and I in 
Math Task Twitter Challenge
You can read more about the challenge 

I hope you'll follow 
Mrs. Ladd
on Twitter

Hop over to Mary Lirette's Blog
to read more about 
Making Sense 
Linking Math to Real-World Experiences

Don't forget to 
check out the app giveaway
for Bright World eBooks
Ocean Forests.