Elementary Math, Math Literature, Math Picture Books, Math Talk, Mathematical Environments, Number Sense, Problem Solving, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

Math Picture Books

Over the course of my career as a classroom teacher and throughout my journey as a mother, I have developed a LOVE of picture books. I love reading books to students, picture books and chapter books. What's even better is when I would read books during our math time. Some of my favorites are below:… Continue reading Math Picture Books

Conceptual Learning, Concrete Pictorial Abstract, Elementary Math, Fractions, Manipulatives, Multiplication, Number Sense, Uncategorized

Top 5 Manipulatives: Pattern Blocks

I am a HUGE advocate for using manipulatives in the classroom... at all grade levels. I have not always thought this. Early on in my career when I went from teaching Algebra I to 4th grade, I saw teachers in my elementary building using manipulatives as I would walk by and think, "Why are they… Continue reading Top 5 Manipulatives: Pattern Blocks

Division, Elementary Math, Number Sense, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

Division with Multi-Digit Dividends

This may be an unpopular opinion, but the traditional algorithm for division is outdated and needs to go away. Let me explain. The traditional algorithm for any computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is a procedure and when taught alone does not make math meaningful and make math make sense to students. We as adults… Continue reading Division with Multi-Digit Dividends

Elementary Math, Number Sense, Pedagogy, Uncategorized

Creating a Math Community

Friends, it's the time of year that teachers are thinking about the return to school or you're already back and in the swing of things. First, I want to wish each and every one of you a great school year! I know that a lot of you that follow me here at Make Math Meaningful… Continue reading Creating a Math Community

Elementary Math, Fractions, Math Talk, Number Sense, Uncategorized

Brownies with Fractions

Any one who knows me personally knows I love to cook and I love math. It’s even better when I combine the two! Maybe you’re like me and like to have a little bit of fun when you cut your brownies? My kids know what’s coming when I have one of them come over when… Continue reading Brownies with Fractions