Kindergarten teachers know how important it is to help their students develop a good number sense. Next, it is time to move on to addition and subtraction. That means constant math facts practice time! Math facts practice is more than giving students flash cards to memorize. It is more hands on practice through the use of manipulatives, technology, and various math facts games. When thinking about addition, we focus on math facts within 5. We start with counting 2 sets of objects and then ... Read More about Need a free and easy prep math facts activity?
Isn't writing challenging to teach? I think so too! To help, I worked on incorporating some writing activities into my interactive notebook pages this year, Maybe this freebie will come in handy for you and your students! You can grab this writing freebie from my Second Grade Language Arts Interactive Notebook. It will help your kiddos work on planning informational writing for a piece about plants and a topic of their choice. If you decide to download it, click here ... Read More about Interactive Notebook Freebie – Writing
Regrouping, borrowing, carrying, long division, multiple digit multiplication, there are so many different ways to explain "long operations" that sometimes I have to clarify to parents what it is that I'm talking about what I start discussing long operations. Parents (and probably most teachers too) learned the long division algorithm or the long subtraction algorithm in one specific way growing up. They were taught that this is the ONLY way to do math and these are the ONLY words to use to ... Read More about There’s more than one way to skin a cat – Free long operation posters
We all know that learning about missing addends or unknown numbers is challenging for our first and second graders. As teachers we recognize that it can be challenging to teach as well. We have all taught a concept and thought the students understood it and then we find out they don't! It can make our teacher heart sad (and frustrated). This happens a lot with missing addends. I want to give you a couple of hints that have worked for me in the classroom. What activities can help students ... Read More about Take a Bite out of Missing Addends
Who doesn't love hidden picture puzzles? As a kid I loved looking for the hidden pictures in the magazines in the doctor's office waiting room. Not only are puzzles fun, but they have amazing cognitive benefits as well! These puzzles help with object constancy - the ability to recognize the properties of an object and understand that even if it changes size or direction, it is still the same object. Finding hidden pictures is also great for visual discrimination skills - the ability to see ... Read More about Free Hidden Picture Puzzles Activities