## Word Problems

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January 10th, 2018Word problems have long been difficult and frustrating for students to solve and for teachers to teach. A colleague recently forwarded an email from a woman looking for resources to help her fourth-grade granddaughter with word problems. I thought for several days about how to offer positive support to both the grandmother and her granddaughter.

## A Mental Math Lesson

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October 25th, 2017I taught this mental math lesson to a class of fourth graders. I chose an addition problem—99 + 17—for the students to solve mentally, purposely selecting a problem that would be accessible to the students. Also, I knew that the problem could be solved in different ways. I planned to elicit from the students strategies for figuring out the sum of 116 and then to show video clips of other students solving the same problem. After watching each video clip, we’d analyze how the student reasoned and then check back to see if anyone in our class used the same strategy.

## Labeling the Number Line

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November 02nd, 2016Why are fractions on the number line so hard for students to understand, and what can teachers do to help students reason their way through them? In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Mr. Seay demonstrates for students how to label the number line after the unit interval has been partitioned into thirds. How does Mr. Seay’s…

## Strategies for Adding 5/9 and 8/9

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October 12th, 2016Once students can make sense of fractions, what are the strategies you use to make sense of their computation? In this clip from Beyond Invert & Multiply, Ms. Kretschmar guides a student-to-student discussion. Students often have difficulty articulating the reasoning behind their approach to solving problems.…

## Numbers Between Zero and One

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October 07th, 2016Students have many misconceptions about fractions. What strategies can teachers use to encourage students to share their ideas? In this clip from Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Mr. Seay asks his third graders to share what they think about the numbers between zero and one. What do students seem to know about these numbers? …

## Number Talk: Dot Cards & Ten Frames

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September 13th, 2016Numerical reasoning starts from the earliest stages of child development. Stacking blocks, counting objects, and filling containers are examples of beginning ideas of reasoning with numbers. As children transition into kindergarten, it is important to provide opportunities to build a foundation that mathematics is about making sense with numbers and number relationships from the very…

## Post from Marilyn’s Blog: The 1–10 Card Investigation

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June 03rd, 2016The 1-10 Card Investigation has a big payoff with students. It engages their interest, involves them with making sense of a problem and persevering to solve it, and gives them experience with evaluating their progress and changing course as necessary. Plus it has a playful aspect that too often is lost in math class.

## Video Post: Understanding the Relationship Between Numerators and Denominators

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January 27th, 2016Making the leap from whole numbers to fractions can be challenging for students. Understanding the relationship between numerators and denominators is crucial to fractions success.

## Video Post: How Real-life Scenarios Can Teach Fractions

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January 05th, 2016Math concepts can often be challenging for students to grasp, which is why at Math Solutions, we provide tips for making your lessons go a little easier. Connecting content to real-life situations is often a huge help for struggling students. Doing so lets kids draw connections between the math they learn in the classroom and…

## Video Post: Get Students Talking

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December 01st, 2015Math talk is the practice of using conversation and questions to help your students learn to reason mathematically.