Word problems + fractions = a lot of struggle for many students. Especially when you throw in new concepts like multiplying and dividing fractions. Those fraction word problems are always pretty tricky for my students. The first year that I taught multiplying and dividing fractions, I really had to spend some time breaking down the concepts myself in order to best help my ... Read More

## Free 4th Grade Fractions Pre-Assessment and Checklist

Teaching 4th grade fractions is one of my favorite math skills to teach, but it can get tricky. In my opinion, the 4th grade fraction skills are pivotal for students' success in later grades with more advanced fraction skills. Unfortunately, many 4th grade fraction skills can be taught with tricks that don't build necessarily conceptual understanding, which can really ... Read More

## Word Problem Strategies : Analyzing Word Problems with Free Organizers/Mats

Word problems used to be the bane of my existence as a new teacher. Thankfully, I learned new strategies and resources to help me implement and teach word problem strategies all year. To be honest, teaching word problems all year was the ONE thing that I did that had the greatest impact (if you are interested in more information about word problems and how I teach them, ... Read More

## 4 Ways to Teach Students to Make Common Denominators

Teaching students to add and subtract fractions can get very tiresome quickly. All of the little opportunities for errors with making equivalent fractions, adding/subtracting, and just when they think they are done...boom...they may have to convert or simplify the answer. It can definitely get tedious quickly. One area that I have almost perfected (because nothing is ... Read More

## Free Fraction Activities

Fractions are one of those math topics that my students consistently need practice in. I try to mix up the fraction activities and printables my students complete to keep them engaged and working hard. This post will share some free fraction math printables that are perfect for extra practice and math centers. (Click here to read more about how I teach math here and how I ... Read More

## Comparing Fractions Activity with Brownies

One of my goals as a teacher is to make fractions more engaging and relatable to my students. One of the easiest ways I have found to do this is through food. I am fortunate to have always worked in schools that allow food as part of lessons and my students love it. On this post, I will share a comparing fractions activity using brownies that is perfect for 4th grade ... Read More

## Basketball Fraction Review for 4th and 5th Grade

Fractions are by far one of the most difficult skills in 4th and 5th grade. There are so many fraction skills and my students easily get confused trying to remember all of them. One way I have found that helps is to consistently provide my students with engaging fraction review to help them review all of the fraction skills and keep them straight in their minds. On this ... Read More

## Multiplying Fractions and Whole Numbers: Two Types of Problems

Confession: I had to relearn 4th and 5th grade math conceptually in order to best teach and support my students. I learned that when I taught algorithms and tricks without the foundation of a conceptual understanding, it really affected my students' mathematical understandings and how they solved word problems. When my students didn't have a conceptual understanding of ... Read More

## Fraction Mats: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Fractions...otherwise known as the trickiest math concept known to man. Well, I may be exaggerating, but fractions certainly are not your average 5th grader's favorite math concept. Nor are they typically a teacher's favorite unit to teach. However, armed with some activities, tools, and tricks, fractions really don't have to be all that bad. This post will share ... Read More

## Subtracting Mixed Numbers with Regrouping (Using Manipulatives)

Subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping can be super tricky for some (or most) students. There are many ways to teach subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping using manipulatives that may help your students conceptualize the process. On this post, Rachel from You've Got This Math will share three of her favorite ways to teach subtracting mixed numbers when borrowing is ... Read More

## Free Fraction Game | Jenga Fraction Review

Adding Jenga in a small group center is one of my favorite ways to liven up ordinary review or task cards. Jenga is extremely versatile, and even the plain ones can be used with any set of task cards (read about playing Jenga this way for test prep here). This post will specifically share how to use the colored sets to review fractions (4th and 5th grade fractions games ... Read More

## 8 Ways to Help Students Be Successful with Word Problems in Upper Elementary

Word problems can be really difficult for upper elementary students. The complexity of the word problems increase, the length of the problems themselves increase, the numbers are larger and more abstract, and often key words just don't work. Today I want to share with you eight ways to help students who struggle with word problems in upper elementary grades. 1. ... Read More