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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

November 9, 2017

Polya’s Problem-Solving Steps: Finding Unknowns Elementary and Middle School

It is unfortunate that in the United States mathematics has a reputation for being dry and uninteresting. I hear this more from adults than I do from children—in fact, I find that children are naturally curious about how math works and how it relates to the world around them. It is from adults that they get the idea that math is dry, boring, and unrelated to their lives. Despite what children may or may not hear about math, I focus on making instruction exciting and showing my students that math applicable to their lives.

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June 22, 2017

Practice Multiplication and Division Fact Families Using Arrays

Making sure that every child is solid in his or her multiplication and division facts is critical to students’ success in their later coursework and in life itself! Though I have seen many activities in my time as a teacher, I haven’t seen any that focus on using arrays to help students learn multiplication and division fact families.

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May 8, 2017

How the Number Line Should Be Used at Each Grade Level to Support Coherence in Mathematics

Using number lines is one of those topics that are often taken for granted in the elementary and middle school curriculum. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, their use is spelled out explicitly, beginning in Grade 2.

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August 24, 2016

Subitizing PowerPoint Activity, Grades 1–4

The downloadable subitizing PowerPoint slides below are based on a great activity I have used in my class over the years, at every level.

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March 16, 2016

Mathematical Vocabulary for the Four Operations in Elementary School

One of the posters that is most helpful to my students in class has been the chart of mathematical vocabulary words used for the different operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is really useful for students when they are trying to decode a word problem. I have even from time to time photocopied it so they can glue the mathematical vocabulary in their notebook.

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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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