### Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

#### January 31, 2017

A topic that I have been thinking about recently is the use of area models to teach multiplication. Today’s post looks at how we can look for and make use of structure (Standard for Mathematical Practice 7). We will combine the topics of place value and area models in the elementary curriculum in order to help students see the structure of multi-digit multiplication. Today’s download will help your students see how the structure of the number system place value can be used to multiply two numbers. This method is a step in the process of the conceptual development of multiplication in Grade 4 that will help students eventually learn the standard algorithm for multiplying two two-digit numbers by the end of Grade 5.

#### March 28, 2016

The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice, often called the math practice standards, are part of the Common Core. Don’t get confused as they are referred to in so many ways: the math practices, the standards for mathematical practice, the SMPs, or the MPs. They all mean the same thing! Most often I see them referred to as MP1, MP2, and so on. Whether you are a fan of Common Core or not, these math practice standards will help your students think mathematically, conceptualize math, and become better problem solvers. Here are two ways I have started using them in my classroom.

#### March 2, 2016

I am so glad that you found this math blog among all the possible sites you might have landed on through the Internet, and I hope you keep with me as I continue to develop the blog. What you will find here is a collection of standards-based math activities, thoughts on lesson planning, trends in K–­­8 mathematics teaching and learning, a focus on the mathematical practice standards, and connections to children’s literature that can be paired with math lessons.

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Comparing & Contrasting Texts: Ruby Bridges, Grades 4–5

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DOK & Blooms Reference Sheets

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Notice & Note Signpost Posters K–5

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Notice & Note Signpost Posters K–5

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Literacy Classroom
Resources K–5

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Comparing & Contrasting Texts: Ruby Bridges, Grades 4–5

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Interactive Read Aloud, Harvesting Hope K–5

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Literacy Classroom
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