After seeing Create Teach Share's post about her Close Reading Toolkits, I knew I wanted to do something similar for math tools. Math centers are a huge part of math instruction in my classroom, so I created a toolbox of math tools and hands-on math supplies that my students use on a regular basis. I have included quite a bit of stuff in my toolbox, but some of the charts ... Read More

## 10 Ways to Get Students Writing in Math

Writing in math is more common and important in the elementary years than ever before. When I was in school, I barely remember writing more than a sentence in math class. Now, students are required and expected to write several sentences and even paragraphs explaining their math and justifying their answer. This can definitely be tricky as many students still think ... Read More

## Math Manipulatives for 5th Grade (Free Printable Activities)

Students love using math manipulatives, and they often help the students understand key math concepts. Students in the primary grades use manipulatives on a regular basis. As a fifth grade teacher, I try to actively bring in as many manipulatives as I can in my math instruction. In this post, I want to share with you my favorite math manipulatives, ideas about how to use ... Read More

## Increase Motivation, Engagement, and Mastery with Student Choice (Using Choice Boards)

One of the most powerful ways to increase student motivation, engagement, and mastery is through choice. Many of the activities and assessments that students complete on a daily basis are mandatory and non-negotiable. Keeping this in mind, I try to offer my students choice as much as possible throughout all subjects. Choice can be very powerful for students. For some ... Read More

## 7 Ways to Support Students with Math Centers

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 guided math centers and small group math instruction quite a bit to meet the needs of all my students. Over the years, I have learned several strategies to effectively support my students and ... 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 normal math center rotations. To see what I typically have in my guided math ... 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 that gives a peek into my guided math centers 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 maximize instruction and differentiate ... Read More

## My #1 Tip for Making Math Centers Work {Freebie Included}

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I am a huge fan of math centers. On this post, I want to share my number one tip for how I make math centers work in my classroom. If you are thinking about implementing math centers, definitely read the entire post and make sure you grab the FREE math centers for you to try out! Keep centers consistent or ... Read More

## Quizizz {A Self Paced Online Review Game}

Last week, a teacher friend told me about Quizizz and I knew I had to check it out. Quizizz is an online multi-player review game that is a great alternative to Kahoot. It is self paced and can be completed as a whole group review game or assigned as homework (or independent work - more about this later). This is great for classrooms that are 1:1 and great for classrooms ... Read More

## Getting Started with Math Centers

Math centers can really change your math instruction for the better. I wanted to share some tips and strategies for getting started with math centers in your classroom. In this post, I want to share some things you should consider and questions you should answer before you get started. Hopefully, you will find some useful information if you are new to math centers, ... Read More

## Managing Math Centers in Upper Elementary

I love teaching with math centers and creating practical and engaging resources for students to work with in math centers. I get a lot of questions about managing math centers and how I do it. If your management is not strong, then your students will not be thriving and learning in math centers. I wanted to share some ideas and tips for managing math centers in upper ... Read More

## Math Anchor Charts to Start the Year

Setting expectations and norms for math instruction and math class time is so important to set your class up for success. This post will share my go-to math anchor charts to start the year. These are the math charts that I use to set the tone and introduce a lot of my procedures expectations in math. In fact, these charts are the basis for my math mini-lessons the first ... Read More