by Melinda | Aug 10, 2020 | Math

Do times tables come to mind when I ask how you teach multiplication? They are one of many tools I like to use. Memorizing multiplication tables helps kids do mental math more quickly and allows them to do more complex computations. That said, starting with an...
by Melinda | Jul 6, 2020 | Math

Can your students identify place value? Place value is the order in which we put digits together. Place value helps us read whole numbers into the thousands, millions, billions, and beyond. Kids start by learning ones and tens, then hundreds and thousands, tens of...
by Melinda | Jun 29, 2020 | Math

Skip counting is an essential math skill that helps kids develop calculation fluency. It’s also a cornerstone for learning multiplication and division. We often start teaching skip counting with 2, 5, and 10 as these are some of the easiest numbers for kids to work...
by Melinda | Jun 1, 2020 | Math

Are you a fan of task cards? My students seem to like them, and as a teacher, I find them incredibly useful. They can be used for: Additional practice and reinforcement Independent work in stations Practice at home Challenges or enrichment Small group work or games...
by Melinda | May 25, 2020 | Math

When students are learning to skip count, some numbers are easier than others. There’s a reason we start with 10, 5, and 2. Skip counting by say, 7 or 9, can be tougher for many. And with any numbers, kids run into skip counting barriers. Lots of practice with...
by Melinda | Apr 20, 2020 | Math

Skip counting is a critical math skill because it helps kids: Calculate more quickly Calculate with more ease Get ready for multiplication and division. Most of us skip count without a thought 2-4-6-8-10-12 or 5-10-15-20-25-30 or even 3-6-9-12-15-18-21 … We almost...