Decimals can be tricky for some students. To help, I use re-teaching as needed and regular review. An easy teaching resource to use for review and re-teaching are task cards. This post shares a free set of decimal task cards that reviews 5th grade decimal skills, along with ideas for using this decimals review with 4th and 6th grade students.
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Fractions are always one of those tricky skills that need lots of strong instruction, spiral review, and re-teaching/remediation. I always found that frontloading 3rd and 4th grade fractions review helped my 5th graders master grade level skills. This post will share a free set of fraction task cards that you can use in 3rd-5th grade (depending on your needs - more ... Read More
Division can be very scary for students, even basic division. A strong conceptual understanding of division will help build students' confidence with division and help as they progress into multi-digit division (and even division of decimals and fractions). This post shares a quick 2-page division intervention assessment that I use to assess gaps in my 4th and 5th ... Read More
Do your students struggle with their multiplication facts? Despite what I thought my first years teaching, they don’t need more flashcards. They definitely don't need timed drills or tests. Instead, they need strategies to help them use what they do know (easier multiplication facts or addition facts) to solve any problem. Check out this post to read about the 6 ... Read More
One of the biggest struggles with teaching 4th and 5th grade math is that a lot of our students don't know their multiplication facts. They don't have their multiplication facts memorized and (more importantly) they don't have strategies to find the answer quickly. Students often struggle with multiplication fact fluency and automaticity because they lack a conceptual ... Read More
One of the best ways to see if your students have mastered a reading skill is to see if they can apply it in their writing. I love doing this with themes (read more about how I teach theme and use a working backward activity by clicking here) and text structure. It also works perfectly with context clues. This post will share a simple (but rigorous) context clues activity ... Read More
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Welcome friends! I’m Jennifer Findley: a teacher, mother, and avid reader. I believe that with the right resources, mindset, and strategies, all students can achieve at high levels and learn to love learning. My goal is to provide resources and strategies to inspire you and help make this belief a reality for your students. Learn more about me.