Card Games to Practice Facts

A variation of the game “Go Fish” is asking for the number that will make a combination of 10 instead of asking for a duplicate number.  For example, if you hold a 7 in your hand, you need to ask for a 3 because 7 + 3 = 10.  This game has students quickly recognizing the combinations and builds their number flexibility. 

Here is a site with a number of other quick card games to help with fluency from Math Geek Mama. Practice facts can be fun and I hope you share your favorite one.  20 Best Card Games

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Division Box Method

Do you lose your place when using the standard long division algorithm?  These videos on the Grid Method or Box Method  use many of the same steps as the standard algorithm but with a different method of organization.  This process has one looking at the individual place values and determining how many groups can be taken out of that amount and regrouping any leftover amounts.  Try it out!

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Math Before Bed

Many of us read each night before bed, it is a great way to end the day.  I recently heard about Math Before Bed and Bedtime Math App providing additional opportunities to read with your child, discuss ideas while exploring math.  The stories are interesting and as one report said, “A little math can go a long way.”  Have fun exploring!

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Normalizing the Productive Struggle.

This is a great article and Ted Talk about enriching a math experience.

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2019-2020 Morning Math Lab – new days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

The Morning Math Lab will start up on Monday, September 23 at 7:45 for Grade 3-5 students who receive math support.   The lab will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  Remember when the snow starts to fly, there is NO Morning Math Lab on delayed start days. 

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Division

This video by Graham Fletcher talks about the progression of division.  This is interesting not only for students but for parents who only know the standard algorithm strategy.  

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Polyup and Sumdog

I’ve added two new websites to the online websites.  On both sites, you may sign in as a guest.

The first one is Polyup.com which was designed to “learn creative problem solving and computational thinking” (as per Jo Boaler, Stanford Graduate School of Education).  Jo Boaler also has a website called youcubed which is worth exploring.

The second is sumdog.com  which has been recommended by one of our 3rd grade students who said there is a lot of math and games at the same time.  

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Hour of Code

For the past 3 years, we have joined in on the Hour of Code.  The students love learning about computer programming especially when then are making the Star Wars and Minecraft characters move across their screens.  Some may ask, how this is math related… patterns, logic, and lots of problem solving.  The sessions have great explanations about computer programming and walk the students through a series of lessons.  If you want to try it out.  Hover over the Coding in the menu and select Hour of Code.  There are a variety of coding options. I suggest starting with the Minecraft or Star Wars that include the explanations and lessons. Enjoy and have fun!

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New Place Value Jeopardy link

I’ve place a new link under Number Sense.  This Jeopardy game can be played by one person or a class.  Try this Jeopardy Link.

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Multiplication Strategies

Many of the grades are multiplying and here is a visual from Math Coach’s Corner showing how to multiple using partial products and an area model.

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