Tuesday, March 26, 2019

πŸ’•Place Value! πŸ’•

πŸ’•Hi everyone!

I recently watched a group of students playing a computer game that featured place value.  Watching them play the game, I observed who easily played through the levels and who had trouble advancing.  

As a teacher my mind went to task analyzing what was needed as a foundation in order to understand place value.  

With that in mind here is a checklist to determine if students have the necessary skills to understand place value.  

Click here to download this poster!

If students don’t have these skills, STOP and teach these essential building blocks to understanding place value or your students will struggle with this cornerstone of mathematics throughout the year.

Young students can develop a strong understanding of place value when teachers assess their knowledge base before diving into place value.  Make sure your students have the foundation they need to create a strong knowledge of place value.

When you are sure your students have mastery of the above elements, move on to place value and watch them zoom!


Happy Teaching!


Click here to see the Fun to Teach products. We have a variety of games and activities to help build these essential math skills in young mathematicians.
                                                    Place value with3 digit numbers

Figure Eight Schoolhouse Rock

Hello everyone,

Who does not love Schoolhouse Rocks?

Here is a cute little video, "Figure"  to share with your students!

Happy Teaching!

Figure Eight Schoolhouse Rock

Hello everyone,

Who doesn't like School House Rocks?

Here is a great little video to share with your students!

Happy Teaching!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

1st grade Common Core Math Vocabulary

Hi everyone,

Granite School District's has a super math vocabulary resources and 1st grade Math Vocabulary lists that was updated in June of 2013! 

Their Math Vocabulary lists are aligned to Common Core State Standards and have definitions.  Here is a sample:

English 1st Grade CCSS Vocabulary Word List
Revised 6/3/13

Additive Identity Property of 0
analog clock
Associative Property of Addition
bar graph
bar model
closed shape
Commutative Property of Addition
composite shape
count back

That is not all they do!

Granite School District also made great word wall cards you can print out.  







Each word has 3 cards:

    1. Word

    2. Word and visual

    3. Word, visual, definition

     Granite School District's website also has Parent Guides to the common core, curriculum maps, assessments and more!

Click on over to this great website and start downloading your math vocabulary words today!

Click here!

Happy Teaching,


Friday, June 8, 2018

check out this great freebie

Hi everyone,
As teachers we know how important it is to have a firm understanding of prefixes. Research shows the importance of building students’ vocabulary. When students learn and review prefixes they see relationships between and among languages. Many prefixes have a basis in Latin – also the basis for Spanish. Unknown words or new vocabulary can be figured out by students when they use their knowledge of prefixes.

That being said, check out this great freebie:

This 27 page game packet increases your students' abilities to identify number prefixes in Spanish and gain meaning of unfamiliar words through play. By playing the 3 games included in PREFIJOS DE LOS NUMEROS students become familiar with these great prefixes. They learn that simply understanding and recognizing number prefixes can help them interpret the meaning of unfamiliar words, both mathematical and non-mathematical. This game package includes black line masters for:
-Bulletin board number prefix introduction sheets
-Game board
-Game cards
-Concentration cards.
-A variety of games
-Activities to send home
-Easy to use teacher's guides
-Easy game assembly

Check out this site for more game and activities for teaching Math Prefixes in any language!

Math Prefix Activities

Happy Teaching,

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Higher and Lower

Hi everyone,
I stumbled upon a very helpful game to use to enhance the ordering skills of young children.

is a web-based ordering game, where students click on a card to show it's value.  Students order the card from higher to lower value.  You can use the pictures of objects with younger students and the numerical forms with older students. 

This site allows you to choose to order the following concepts:

  • objects or numbers to 10
  • objects or numbers to 20
  • fractions
  • time
  • decimals
  • and more!

The best part is that this game will also allow you to input your own cards for numbers, fractions, and measurement.

Check it out!  Click here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer is here! 
Are you looking for a way to connect with students and their parents over the summer?  Mailing off a list of summer activities that promote literacy and math during the vacation months might be what you are looking for. Many times parents ask us for ideas of things they can do at home with their children during the summer, but lose the list as summer sets in.  Mailing them a checklist of summer activities connects you with them.   
Here is a list of great weekly activities parents can choose from:
·      Library Time!  Go to the public library once a week

·      Old and Young! Visit a senior center once a week and read someone there a book.

·      Estimate It!  Keep an estimation jar and have your kids guess the amount once a week!  Make sure they count the beans, rocks, etc. to verify their estimation.

·      Clean Up Day.  Choose a local park to visit weekly.  Pick up any trash you find and then have a picnic!

·      Journal Time.  Once a week have your child write in a summer journal.  Orally review the week together and then give your child time to write about the events of the past week.

·      Wrap It Up! At the beginning of the summer pick out 8 to 10 books that your child wants to read. Wrap them up in gift-wrap and once a week let your child chose the book he/she will read for that week.

·      Game Day!  Reserve one day a week for game day.  Gather together several games and let your children choose which game they want to play.  Young children can build math skills by playing go fish or concentration with a simple deck of cards.

·      Research It!  Catch bugs and research them with you kids!  Great fun and builds investigation skills in your children.

·      Put on a Play!  Once a week read a play with your children.  Dress up and act it out.  This is a great way to continue literacy during the summer.

·      Local Museum.  Call your local museum and ask when they offer free hours. In the summer many museums offer free hours and days.

·      Lemonade Stand!  Teach your child about money and responsibility by having a lemonade stand once a week during specific hours.  Shopping, counting change, and determining profit are all great Math skills for your child!

·      Keep in Touch! Let your kid write a family newsletter once a week.  This is a great way to learn about summarizing as they describe the weeks activities.  Kids can type up the newsletter, add photos and send them out to all the grandparents.

Happy Teaching!
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