In all my years of teaching, I have always taught classes where a majority of my students needed extra support for math. If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I use math centers and small group math instruction quite a bit to meet the needs of all my students. Over the years,… Read More

## Higher Level Math Centers for Upper Elementary Students {Including Free Centers}

Math centers are a huge part of my math instruction, and over the years I have had my students complete a lot of different math centers. However, in the past three years as I become more comfortable with math centers, I have begun incorporating at least one higher level math center as part of my… Read More

## Solving Word Problems Without Relying on Key Words

One of the toughest things about teaching fifth grade is definitely the word problems. By fifth grade, a lot of students have become so dependent on using key words that they no longer even read for meaning when they’re solving word problems. However, as fifth grade teachers know, key words only take the students so… Read More

## Teaching Students How to Justify Answers in Math

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

## Math Groups (Two Ways I Use Math Groups in my Classroom)

I have received a lot of questions since posting about how I use math centers in a Guided Math format in my classroom. Click here to read that post. I thought I would take some time to write another post specifying more about the two types of math groups I use in my classroom to… 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

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