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# Teach Think Elementary

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## Comparing & Ordering Fractions: Fraction Sort

Sorting fractions is a great way to help students apply and solidify their understandings of fractions, especially comparing, ordering, and finding equivalent fractions.  It's a fairly straightforward, simple activity that allows for a lot of really good, higher...

## Adding & Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators: Why Students Struggle

If your students are struggling with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, the problem could actually be with: understanding of how to compose and decompose fractions.   Can they add and subtract fractions with LIKE denominators, first? Do they...

## Fractions on a Number Line

Kids tend to do really well understanding the concept of a number line and using it to count whole numbers.  And they also are usually able to understand basic fraction concepts.  But when it comes to putting the two concepts together- fractions on a number...

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## Student Portfolios

With testing season also comes the question: When we test in the mornings, what do we do in the afternoons??  We don't want to further stress our kids out or place high demands on them.  But we also want to maintain order, and we definitely don't have time...

## How to Use a Math Menu

What is a Math Menu? It’s a list of choices that students can choose from when they finish their work.   (A “menu” of math games and activities.) What goes on a Math Menu? I like to have a good balance of new games/ activities and oldies but...

## Increasing Student Participation

Here are 10 ways to encourage student participation in your class: 1. Start small.  When you ask a question, have students first discuss it with their partner.  Then, have the partners pair up (groups of 4) and share.  When students get comfortable...

## How to Use GoodNotes for Teaching

GoodNotes is an app that's mostly intended to be used for note taking and as a planner. But GoodNotes can also be used by teachers to help streamline our planning, keep track of assessment data, explain concepts to students, and much more! Here are some reasons to try...