Teaching students to justify their answer in math can be difficult, but thankfully it doesn’t have to be. I want to share with you some ideas for teaching students how to justify answers in math, as well as some of my favorite resources for providing much needed practice with math tasks and word problems. 1…. Read More

## Teaching Order of Operations {Free INB Template}

Call me crazy, but I really love teaching order of operations to my fifth graders. It is always one of my favorite math lessons to teach, and my students always grasp it pretty easily. In this post, I will share my anchor chart, an interactive notebook template my students use in their math notebook, as… Read More

## Teaching Students How to Study

One thing that I have learned teaching upper elementary is that some students have to be taught how to study. Most don’t come to us already knowing how to study. Sure, some students grasp the material quickly and retain it easily. However, the majority of my students needed me to explicitly teach them strong study… Read More

## Teaching a Conceptual Understanding of Basic Multiplication and Division {Freebies}

Many of my students in the past have come to me lacking conceptual understanding of basic math concepts that were introduced as early as 2nd and 3rd grade. The most important part of my math instruction is fostering a conceptual understanding and this is really important as fifth grade moves into more abstract math concepts…. Read More

## What Can You Put in an Interactive Notebook? {Freebie Included}

Interactive math notebooks are an amazing way to anchor your students’ learning. In my classroom, our interactive notebooks become a personalized student textbook. The day before our mid winter break, I snapped a few pictures of my favorite interactive notebook pages from our math notebooks. I wanted to share these pages with you as a… Read More

## Partial Quotients: Easy Breezy Division {Lots of Freebies}

Long Division is every teachers’ (and students’) worst nightmare, it seems! Every year, my students come to me with very little number sense. This makes dividing with two digit divisors so difficult. In response to this, I started teaching my students “Easy Breezy” division, a spin off of partial quotients that provides that much needed… Read More