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## Why We Celebrate Pi Day

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March 13th, 2018Also known as March 14th, Pi Day is when mathematicians and math lovers around the world celebrate pi, often approximated to 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The circle is often the first shape many learn in childhood, and can be observed in nature in pinecones, apples, oranges, the cornea…

## Exploring Fractions: Using Knowledge of 1/2 to find 1/6s

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February 25th, 2018In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, students describe how they found the rods that are 1/6 of the unit interval. What important fraction concept does Marcela’s reasoning support?

## Fractions on a Number Line

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February 16th, 2018The fourth graders I’ve been working with had been studying fractions for about a week before I taught this lesson. They were using fraction pieces that they’d each cut for a beginning set of fractions—1 whole, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16. Magnetic versions of their fraction pieces were especially useful for this lesson. (Information about…

## Fractions February: Exploring Problems Through Measurement

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February 06th, 2018My eight-year-old neighbor Zoe spent the day with me recently so we decided to do a little baking. The recipe we were using called for ½ cup of sugar and three cups of flour. After using the ½ cup measuring cup to add sugar to the batter, I suggested we use the same measuring cup…

## An Important Teacher Decision: When and When Not to Give the Answer?

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February 02nd, 2018The fourth graders I’ve been working with this year have recently been learning about fractions. Last week I began a lesson by drawing two representations on the board (as shown above) and writing a question. I gave the students about five minutes to do a “quick write” to answer the question and explain their thinking.…

## Fractions Fun Book Giveaway

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February 01st, 2018Fractions are a critical foundation in mathematics, and at Math Solutions, we are dedicated to providing teachers with the tools they need to promote fraction sense in their classrooms. That’s why we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Fractions February! We hope you can join in our fractions celebration! Please share your own favorite fractions resources with us…

## Math Workshop: The Power of Learning Stations

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January 30th, 2018“We need to ensure that every single minute is being used with kids engaged in mathematics.” How can learning stations transform math instruction? Author Jennifer Lempp shares the power of math workshop learning stations in the math class in this video from her book, Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math, Learning Stations, Reflection,…

## Giveaway: Let’s Celebrate Math Talk

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January 26th, 2018At Math Solutions, we love math talk! Nothing makes us happier than seeing students engaged in conversation about math. We love seeing students explain their reasoning, deepening their mathematical understanding and learning. We have many resources we share with educators to help ensure teachers can foster an environment conducive to learning and a classroom culture…

## Join us 1/31 for a #MathWorkshopChat

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January 23rd, 2018Are you interested in using the math workshop model of instruction in your classroom and putting your students at the center of learning? Join @Math_Solutions for our second #MathWorkshopChat on Wednesday, January 31st at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. Mary Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Jennifer Lempp, author of Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math,…

## Math Workshop: Every Teacher’s New Best Friend

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January 17th, 2018Mary Mitchell reviews Math Workshop by Jennifer Lempp, and explains why it is every math teacher’s new best friend.