by Melinda | Jul 15, 2019 | Math

What time is it? Is it almost time for recess? How long until lunch? Kids have a lot of questions about time. And so often we refer to time. They hear: It’s time for bed. We’re going to read for 20 minutes. We’re not leaving for three hours. It will take 2 ½ hours to...
by Melinda | Jun 10, 2019 | Math

Do your measurement lessons measure up? I find measurement can be a bit of a neglected though an essential area of math. From checking lengths with a ruler and comparing size to calculating the area of different shapes, students need to be able to measure. They also...
by Melinda | Jun 3, 2019 | Math

Circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon … are you teaching shapes? Students need to be able to recognize and name these 2-D shapes and define the characteristics of each shape. There are so many...
by Melinda | Mar 11, 2019 | Math

Last week I talked about why mental math matters and how to teach 5 key mental math skills. Now I want to share a few games that my students love that keep mental math practice fun—even for kids who say they don’t like math. 5 fun mental math games You’ll find a game...
by Melinda | Mar 4, 2019 | Math

Why can’t we just use a calculator? Can’t the computer do it? Do you ever hear this from students who don’t want to do math? They have a point. Calculators and computers can be very useful in figuring out complex problems or crunching large amounts of data, but, as...
by Melinda | Jan 28, 2019 | Math

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how to introduce skip counting in the classroom. Most kids pick up on skip counting pretty quickly, especially with numbers like 2, 5, and 10. They’ll even get numbers like 3, 4, and 9, but at some point, kids tend to get stuck....