If any skill will be the death of me, it is definitely Fractions! They are so hard for 5th graders to wrap their heads around. And the standards for 5th grade? Gah, I remember learning some of these standards in middle school! But, unfortunately, they must be taught. In order to make Fractions a… Read More

## Show the LOVE with Word Problems!

Word problems were always a struggle for my students. It was like pulling teeth to get them to write more than just the answer. Almost three years ago, I created this acronym to help my students think through, represent problems, and show all of the work when they are solving word problems. The students love… Read More

## Using Word Problems in Interactive Math Notebooks (Regularly Incorporate Word Problems Into Your Math Instruction)

Can we be real about something for a minute? My first year teaching, I rarely did word problems. As a first year teacher, I wanted my students to succeed in math. But, I didn’t really feel confident about what to do when they struggled with a problem. So, yes, we did word problems, but they… Read More

## Multiplying Mixed Numbers: Free Printables {Math is Real Life}

This month’s Math is Real Life post is a little different than normal. For this one, I decided to write about what happened last week when I was planning my math lessons. We were beginning instruction on multiplying mixed numbers. The focus of the first few lessons was on the computation process and the conceptual… Read More

## Teaching Math Through Cognitively Demanding Tasks

Once a week, I do a cognitively demanding math task lesson to expose my students to rigorous word problems and allow them to learn from each other. I do this with the skill we are working on (if most of the students have mastered it) a review skill, or even to introduce a new skill. … Read More

## Winter Math: Free Constructed Response Practice

Earlier this week, I blogged about sneaking some constructed response practice into Halloween fun. Read that post and grab two free math tasks by click here. The students had a great time completing them and it was some much needed practice so I decided to create a winter version for this upcoming winter season. I… Read More