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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 25, 2017

Blizzard of Numbers Factors and Multiples Game, Grades 6–8

My students have come to love math centers. They call it "game time," but I know it is really a time where they can apply their newly learned math skills. One of the activities in the center focuses on a card game of factors and multiples. The theme of this activity is Blizzards. My students always get excited when it snows, so I thought having a game with a blizzard theme would get them excited about factors and multiples.

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September 2, 2016

A Math Icebreaker to Start the Year

It’s a new school year and I’m already looking for new activities to use with my students, so that we can get to know each other and I can observe a little bit about their math skills. Today, I’m sharing with you a math icebreaker that will get students out of their seats and interacting with each other. Though I use these types of activities throughout the year, I think they are most helpful at the beginning of the school year. They allow me to see students interact with each other and I can see which students are initially shy and which are naturally more gregarious.

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August 16, 2016

3 New School Year Activities to Get to Know Your Math Students

As we get started with the new school year, I am always thinking of ways to get to know my math students. Carefully choosing the right new school year activities sends a clear message to our students: “I am interested in who you are and what you think.”

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March 2, 2016

Welcome to the Progress in Math Blog

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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