# Teach Think

Elementary

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## From the Blog…

## Empowering Students with Assessments

Assessments can be a stressful event for students. They can feel like punishment for not learning ‘enough’ or being ‘smart enough.’ Students can develop low self-esteem and feel unmotivated if they think that they “should’ be able to do...

## 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 order...

## Place Value in Upper Elementary

By the time students get to 4th and 5th grades, they should already have strong conceptual understanding of the following place value concepts: -counting by ones, fives, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc. -each place value is 10 of the place value to the right....

## 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...

## Why we Need to Classify Quadrilaterals

Classifying quadrilaterals is one of those skills that adults love to make fun of with those, ‘I didn’t learn anything useful, but I learned the difference between a rhombus and a trapezoid.’ jokes that teachers hate. The thing is, when students learn to...

## Add More Measurement to Your Classroom

For some reason, measurement and geometry always seemed to be the weakest strands for the elementary students in the schools I’ve taught in. Maybe it’s because they aren’t traditional arithmetic, or maybe it’s because they tend to be left for the end of the school...

## Why I Don’t Teach Rounding Tricks (anymore!)

My very first year teaching, I taught a self-contained special education class of 16 students in a New York City public school. Did you know you can do that with absolutely no experience or qualifications? Yeah…. I had absolutely no idea what I...

## Teach Multiplication Facts with Array Cards

What are array cards?Array flash cards are just like regular flash cards that have the regular "times table" on one side and the product or "answer" on the back. The difference is that array cards also have an array showing the factors as rows and columns....

## How to Differentiate Math Games

One of the reasons I love using math games in my classroom is that there are so many ways to differentiate math games to meet the needs of the students. Often, kids can be playing the same game, and with some minor variations, they can be playing it at different...

## 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...

## Geometry & the Fraction of an Area

I love when math strands overlap and students can see the connections between them. Fractions and Geometry overlap quite a bit. There are three ways to think about fractions: 1. The Set Model: This model works with fractions of groups, like ¼ of 24, so ¼...

## 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...

## Teach Think Elementary

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