I will have to admit it that I was a bit on the fence when I first heard about teachers using Bean Boozled in the classroom. If you are not familiar with this "game", the players spin a spinner to determine which color jelly bean they will eat. The color could be one of two different flavors: a yummy flavor (peach or berry for example) or a disgusting flavor (barf or ... Read More

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## Playing Jenga: Engaging Test Prep

Testing season is almost here (or already here for some of you!). I always embed review throughout the year in using spiral review, but I also take 2-4 weeks (depending on pacing) to review before our high stakes assessments. I like to do a mixture of text prep activities ranging from paper and pencil review to games. I try to include a lot of engaging test prep in my ... 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

## 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 far. I have read many articles and blog posts that are ... 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. Create an anchor chart with clear examples and your ... 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

## Engaging Ways to Review

One of my biggest struggles as a teacher has always been students helping students all the skills they are learning in all the subjects. I have to be very purposeful about spiraling skills consistently so the students don't forget what was learned at the beginning of the year. Read more details about how I use spiral review in all subjects (and not just morning work) ... 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 well as how I introduce this skill to my students. Introducing ... Read More

## Amazing Race { Fun Test Prep Review }

As demanding and time consuming as our curriculum is, I have found that I always need to pause my pacing and spend some of my time reviewing after a long break from school. Today, I want to share with you a fun test prep review or "after a long break" review that my students loved last year. Here is the basic rundown of this fun test prep activity review: Students ... Read More

## Implementing Math Error Analysis in Your Classroom {Freebie Included}

One of my favorite activities to use during math instruction involves math error analysis. I love having my students dig deeper into a concept or skill by analyzing, identifying, and explaining errors in example work. In this post, I will discuss a few of my favorite benefits to using math error analysis tasks and then some ideas for how to easily implement these types of ... 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