Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet: Part 2

Jul 19th 2016

Yesterday as part of my blog series, Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet, I gave you a sneak peek into my second grade classroom with a focus on my guided reading area. I use the district prescribed curricula along with our […]

Create Write-On, Wipe-Off Problem-Solving Journals

Jan 3rd 2016

Problem-solving plays an important role in my daily math instruction. Students use pre-made journals to help them complete the problem-solving steps, solve the problem in 2 ways, explain their thinking and rate themselves on a learning scale. These journals track […]

Presenting Brian Breaking Badger

Apr 3rd 2014

Hi, I’m Brian Breaking Badger, and I love to break numbers apart. Separating place value is considered my art! I break numbers into ones and tens with my teeth, Then I work with the place value underneath. I’ll add or subtract […]

Presenting Tallying Toad

Mar 13th 2014

Hello, I’m Tallying Toad. I get you started on the problem-solving road. A tally mark is a straight line to show one; Group tallies into five is how it’s done. First make four tallies, nice and straight; Then make a […]

Introducing Clark Counting Crocodile

Mar 3rd 2014

I’m Clark the Counting Crocodile. Use me to help you count. Start with the largest number, and draw lines for the remaining amount. Count on for addition, count back for subtraction; Then circle the answer as your final action.  Clark […]

Meet Max Modeling Mouse

Feb 23rd 2014

Greetings I’m Max the Modeling Mouse. I solve problems by using things from my house. Beans, cubes and counters are useful math gear; Use them to model the problem so it’s clear. Max Modeling Mouse is the first strategy animal […]