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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 30, 2017

Gingerbread House STEAM Activity: Math Connections for Grades 1–8

If you are like me, you are wracking your brain for a holiday-themed STEAM activity for your class. There are several possibilities for non-religious themes. I have looked through many of the ideas: cutting out snowflakes, decorating trees, making paper strip stars, etc., but the one I like the best is constructing a gingerbread house out of graham crackers. Gingerbread houses are part of many holiday traditions and associated with winter, so it is a reasonably safe choice for most classes.

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November 16, 2017

Teaching Shapes and Their Attributes to K–2 Students

Teaching shapes and their attributes is an important part of early elementary education. One thing to remember when you are introducing shapes and their attributes is that students go through sequential stages of development when they learn about shapes. 

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May 16, 2017

The Importance of Composing and Decomposing Shapes in Early Elementary School

Playing with pattern blocks, tangrams, and other manipulatives in order to create new shapes can be fun for early elementary students. In addition to being fun, there are many important concepts that students can develop while working to build and decompose shapes.

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March 28, 2017

How to Use the Standards for Mathematical Practice in K– Grade 2

One way to help students achieve high levels of mathematical proficiency is to use the Standards for Mathematical Practice in addition to content standards. When we are able to infuse our lessons with these practices, students engage their higher order thinking skills in order to solve problems.

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September 26, 2016

3 Quadrilateral Activities to Learn the Names of Quadrilaterals

Here are some quadrilateral activities that you can use in your first through third grade classes as well as some advice about how to use them. After a quick review of what students need to know about the names of quadrilaterals, I am sharing with you 1) a story book that you can use during your reading class, 2) a word list for quad- and quart- that you can use to design a vocabulary activity, and 3) a download for students using straws or other manipulatives.

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June 23, 2016

Solid Figure Activities with 3 Dimensional Figures for the Early Grades

Teaching the concept of solid figures starts very early on in a child’s education, often pre-school but for most in Kindergarten. There are several solid figure worksheets you can find online, but I want to share some engaging solid figure activities that will keep kids interested and talking about what they are learning about 3 dimensional figures. The download for this post is six great solid figure activities and includes a rubric to help students and teachers assess progress in students’ understanding of solid figures. The activities can be used extend lessons in the Progress in Mathematics series for Kindergarten to Grade 2.

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