Fractions and Feeding a Group of People Feeding a group of people can be difficult, especially when it comes to Multiplying Fractions by a Whole Number in the recipe. So often we hear kids ask, ”When am I ever going to use this?” Well, if they are ever going to follow a recipe, the answer […]

# Adding and Subtracting Fractions in the Real World

Engaging Your Students with Food: Fractions in the Real World When it comes to Fractions in the Real World, one guaranteed way to get kids to participate in class is to use food. Yes, food. I believe that food is the universal means to get participation by any group of people – especially kids! No […]

# Standard Algorithm for Multiplication: Math in the Natural World

Math in the Natural World: Standard Algorithm Multiplication 5th Grade The natural world is a fantastic vehicle for getting kids to think deeply about the Standard Algorithm for Multiplication. When I show a nature video at the beginning of class, I get immediate buy in because they are all fascinated, especially when it has to […]

# Multiplicative Patterns on the Place Value Chart: Gamify Your Math Class

Teaching Every Student – How to Gamify Your Math Class Multiplicative Patterns on the Place Value Chart Not all kids are the same. They don’t look the same or act the same. And they certainly don’t learn the same. As teachers, we know that reaching every kid can be a challenge. Getting every kid to […]

# Numerical Expressions: Teaching the Language of Math

Teaching the Language of Math So much of being successful in math is being able to understand math vocabulary and numerical expressions for problem solving and to express one’s ideas and questions about the math concepts. Sometimes kids get hung up on the idea that math is only about numbers, but that’s just not true. […]