Patterns and the Coordinate Plane Activity

Patterns and the Coordinate Plane: Ordered Pairs Initials

Patterns and the Coordinate Plane Played Out This activity (Ordered Pairs Initials) will provide students with practice in graphing ordered pairs and seeing how patterns in the ordered pairs play out on the graph.  Students are usually pretty good at graphing ordered pairs.  It takes a class period or two to get the X and […]

How to teach Volume of a Right Rectangular Prism, volume of a right rectangular prism, find the volume of a right rectangular prism, formula for volume of a right rectangular prism

How to Teach Volume of a Right Rectangular Prism

Manipulatives and Volume: Volume of a Right Rectangular Prism I have noticed that students often leave out the unit label when doing word problems or measuring.  For the longest time, I didn’t understand why this was the case. However, one day I had an epiphany.  My students didn’t understand what the label actually meant!  When […]

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 […]

How to Teach the Standard Algorithm for Multiplication 5th Grade Math

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 […]

Numerical Expressions: Teaching the Language of Math

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. […]