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Day 87: Exploring Equivalents

With all the designs complete, today my 5th grade advanced students had the opportunity to discuss their designs and prove that they work. Evident in their designs was that the size of the whole was different from student to student. … Continue reading

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Day 81: Fractions and Decimals

With this cut-and-paste activity, my 6th graders had to match the multiplication sentence with its respective product. However, the multiplication sentences were written as fractions and the products as decimals.  Aside from noticing patterns, students noticed a relationship between the … Continue reading

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Day 60: Revisiting a Favorite

Earlier in the year, I used this great activity from Runde’s Room to review prime factorization with my 6th graders. Because of its resounding success the first time around, using the task for my 5th grade advanced class was a … Continue reading

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Day 58: Dividing Fractions and Whole Numbers Aggravation

When you strongly believe students should develop understanding of a concept through hands-on activities, exploration and discussion, teaching division with fractions (among other concepts) can be down-right aggravating. Sometimes I wish I could erase memorized procedures from memory and replace … Continue reading

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Day 55: Chanukkah Probability

There is no better time to introduce probability to our third graders than Chanukkah. Dreidel is, of course, is this holiday’s quintessential game of odds. The lesson today focused on developing relevant probability vocabulary, including the terms impossible, likely, unlikey, … Continue reading

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Day 35: What Could the Numbers Be?

Two numbers have a sum of 10. What could the numbers be? Prove it using a drawing. Three numbers have a sum of 10. What could the numbers be? Prove it using a drawing. I love the openness of these … Continue reading

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Day 17: A Message

Messages like this one make it all worth it.

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