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14/11/2023 *
Hi fifth grade parents,

Has it been a minute since you’ve multiplied decimals?

Does it seem too soon that your 10 year old is expected to do so?

One tip:

Connect a whole number times a decimal to repeated addition

2nd tip:

Remind your child that the “x” symbol can mean “groups of”

So

3 x 2 =

Can be three groups of two

Solving with repeated addition

2+2+2= 6

So they can connect

3 x 0.23 =?

Three groups of 0.23

Or 0.23 + 0.23 +0.23 = 0.69

Connecting decimals to money can be a helpful tool.

The attached video gives a great visual model for why 3x0.23=0.69

Then, a quick reminder of how you likely learned with the standard algorithm

https://youtu.be/r8sngF1WSVU?si=6cLQy8b-r6uVXIU4

Video credit: Terry's Teaching Tidbits

Multiplying Decimals and Whole Numbers
This video takes you step-by-step through solving a decimal multiplication problem using a visual model and the standard algorithm. The problem is multiplyi...

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04/02/2023 *
I love this! If you see number bonds on homework, they’re a powerful visual for breaking apart units in all elementary grades! Thanks Math Coach's Corner!

How do number bonds and part/whole thinking facilitate mathematical reasoning? http://www.mathcoachscorner.com/2013/08/04/the-evolution-of-a-number-bond/

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24/10/2021 *
Mrs. Raymond is a 34 year veteran teacher & her students are surely enjoying powerful math! Thanks for sharing your idea with the Building Math Minds community! Shared with permission. Follow her on instagram

Check out this amazing lesson to help your son, daughter or students visualize numbers within 1,000! Surely a math lesson this class won’t soon forget! Pumpkin seeds in LOTS of ten frames to count! 🎃

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10/10/2021 *
Any parents wanting to help your child build a strong math foundation, check out the video below to learn about a powerful tool called a Rekenrek! It is beneficial for age 2-9 and even any upper elementary students who struggle to add & subtract within 20 mentally. (Such as 17-9)

Graham Fletcher is an amazing resource for teachers and parents. He created this video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp_ogl2iH_Q

Got Rekenreks?!?!?
Intro to the Rek: Numbers are abstract, which is why many students have difficulty making sense of them. Incorporating a Rekenrek allows students to discove...

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16/01/2021 *
Parent resources from an amazing math researcher & educator!

“When I consult with districts, I ask for us to have a parent math night so that I can explain to the parents why we are teaching math the way we are now. I can't tell you how many parents have shared with me that if they had learned math that way when they were kids, they wouldn't have developed the hatred of math that they have. I created some videos that explain learning math facts by using number relationships rather than memorization, the heart of addition, subtraction, and multiplication (division is yet to come). I have them all on a padlet where I've curated amazing free resources for parents. Anyone can access it at https://tinyurl.com/RecordParents.” -Ann Elise Record

Parent Math Resources
There is nothing elementary about teaching elementary math!

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07/01/2021 *
Does your child have a math concept coming home and you want a little more confidence in understanding why they’re learning a certain method?

Private Message Moms Master Math on this page! We can message back to answer questions & help you know what is coming later in their math learning that it is setting them up to understand.

You’ve got this.

As a caregiver, you’re raising children which is the hard work 💪 ...

..so feeling confident with supporting their math hw should NOT feel like the hard or frustrating part.

We are here for your questions & to share ideas to help your kiddo grasp it a different way, if they’re not getting it yet!

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25/11/2020 *
For teachers, parents & anyone trying to understand why we strive to celebrate student thinking and teach math differently:

Mike Flynn gives a great explanation! Well worth your 8 minutes

🎤 drop!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR35vSM9xkJoM9nKs2GrjriQO7g92R7E4Q5BUg5t8ZOJ_8RY846G9B3oLbA&feature=youtu.be&v=UzjZXLyuj5c

Redefining What It Means to Be Good at Math
Our conventional ways of defining success in math class valued only certain kinds of thinkers and performers. In this video, I discuss how we can address thi...

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12/11/2020 *
It is hard to believe it is November of a new academic year!

It can be a little intimidating at times to not know what your student must know & be able to do by the end of the year.

I remind teachers I work with that common core and state standards for math, reading, writing & such are year end standards, and it is a good reminder to eager parents. Knowing the learning targets will help you confidently support your child on their way. It can also give you check points to look for if you’re concerned your child hasn’t met last years performance.

Every child progresses at their own rate! Keep that in mind.

Here is a resource:

https://achievethecore.org/category/1232/family-guides-supporting-learning-in-2020-21?fbclid=IwAR0dwACCpQ0kh5-4qDb29rCROmUDIqgQpBQT7Hg6vnTzn_dvbpixluf-Lkw

Reach out if you have any questions!

Achievethecore.org :: 2020–21 Priority Instructional Content - Family Guides: Supporting Learning in 2020-21
Seek Common Ground and Student Achievement Partners created Family Guides to help anyone supporting a child's learning in the 2020-21 school year learn more about what children should know and be able to do, grade by grade, in math and literacy. These guides provide information on the most im...

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19/09/2020 *
If you have a 5th grader, this is a must watch. Eureka Math & Duval Math start Module 1 with decimals. In 4th they’ve learned tenths and hundredths. In 5th, they’re introduced to thousandths place value.

This is all super challenging to conceptualize for 10 year olds at first because it is counterintuitive to everything they’ve learned about whole numbers (ie thousands are 10 times greater than hundreds, but when you’re talking about decimals, the relationship is 10 times smaller.

We’ve got this! Parents can master math so they can help their kids master math!

https://youtu.be/lfk4ei4yONo

4th Grade Decimals
4th Grade -Understanding Decimals (tenths & hundredths)

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22/08/2020 *
If you have a rising 2nd or 3rd grader, ARRAYs are a model of multiplication.

Eureka Math/Duval Math/Engage NY start Module one with learning facts such as 3x6 and 5x6 and 7x7.

A powerful tool to help your kids learn their times tables is to start with a KNOWN Fact :

Here is an example of how arrays can show this strategy that we eventually want them to do mentally.

7x7 is a hard one and just memorizing facts won’t help your child love math! Colorful manipulative will help them explore concepts so they start to build their list of facts they know.

7x7 = ?

Model a think aloud: “ I know that 5 rows of 7 is 35 because 5x7= 35

Then they just add 2 more group of 7

(5x7) + (2x7) = ?

35 + 14 = 49

This is the distributive property, and END of year 3rd grade expectation.

Visual source: Graham Fletcher check out his website! Great info for parents & teachers 👩🏫

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15/08/2020 *
Parents: if you’re starting to think about the next step for your rising 1st 2nd or 3rd grader, practice adding their doubles math facts.

IE

6 + 6 = 12

7 + 7 = 14

8 + 8 = 16

9 + 9 =18

Next work on how to do their doubles plus one

IE

“If you know 6 plus 6 = 12,

What do you think 6 plus 7 =?

Then ask:

Why? How do you know?

Teach the pattern:

“7 is one more than 6, so if 6+6=12, then we can use our doubles to solve any double +1 equation!”

6+7= 13!

If 8 and 8 is 16, then 8 and 9 equals 17 (answer is one more)

Draw circles or use tiny objects like pennies to show what you mean. When kids touch objects & connect it to numbers, eventually they will see the math in their heads.

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15/08/2020 *
Teachers:

What do you think this child’s misconception is?

What would you do to help them understand subtracting across zeros?

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13/08/2020 *
Research indicates that Math for PreK & Elementary school children should include lots of hands-on experiences for children to use manipulatives to engage with concepts.

Here’s some info on C-R-A from Florida Department of Education:

http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/subject-areas/math-science/mathematics/cra-model.stml

What is the Concrete-Representational-Abstract Model?

Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) is an intervention for mathematics instruction that research suggests can enhance the mathematics performance of students with learning disabilities. It is a three-part instructional strategy, with each part building on the previous instruction to promote student learning and retention and to address conceptual knowledge (American Institute for Research, 2016). The CRA instructional sequence consists of three stages: concrete, representation, and abstract:

Concrete: The teacher begins instruction by modeling each mathematical concept with concrete materials (e.g., red and yellow chips, cubes, base-ten blocks, pattern blocks, fraction bars, and geometric figures). Students manipulate the hands on concrete objects to model the math concept/skill.

Representational: The teacher transforms the concrete model into a representational (semi-concrete) level, which may involve drawing pictures; using circles, dots, and tallies; or using stamps to imprint pictures for counting. Students draw pictures that represent the concrete objects previously used.

Abstract: The teacher models the mathematics concept at a symbolic level, using only numbers, notation, and mathematical symbols to represent the number of circles or groups of circles. The teacher and students use operation symbols (+, -) to indicate addition, multiplication, or division.

As the teacher moves through the concrete-to-representational-to-abstract sequence of instruction, the abstract numbers and/or symbols should be used in conjunction with the concrete materials and the representational drawings.

An informative self-paced training that provides greater insights on the CRA model may be viewed by visiting the CPALMS website.

iCPALMS - Professional Development Program - Concrete – Representational – Abstract Instructional Model
Learn about the concrete – representational – abstract model of instruction and identify a standard you will teach using the CRA model. After completing this module, you will be able to answer the essential question. How will using the CRA model of instruction help my students master the Florida...

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20/07/2020 *
Happy Monday, K-1 parents & families, here is a quick activity for some summer math work:

Ask your child:

“If I had 10 pieces of candy, what are all the ways I could share them between you and me?”

Skill: understanding how to break apart 10 into all the addition equations that equal ten. This builds the foundation for the “make a ten” strategy for addition. An important number sense tool to build fluency & automaticity with basic facts.

Answer:

0 + 10= 10

1 + 9

2+8

3+7

4+6

5+5

Then you can have an interesting conversation about how

6 + 4

7 + 3

8 + 2

9 + 1

10 + 0 =10

In this “story problem” You get 9 and I get 1 candy equals 10 means something different than you get 1 and I get 9 candies!

But it can let them discover the commutative property of addition...aka switching the order of the numbers leads to the same sum (total)

Hands on materials like 10 small objects physically moved into groups can help you child see all the ways.

Eureka Math, Duval Math & Engage NY also use “Number Bonds” to help kiddos break apart numbers.

Happy learning! Stay tuned for more ideas for 2nd-6th grade!

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27/06/2020 *
Math is all around us & helping students do a little math this summer can stem from real world problems.

As you go about your world, talk to them about math you use. Send me a Message for info on what math your child will need to start next year strong.

Flower Gummies Challenge:

In the comments, have your child come up with a math problem about the flower gummies pictures below. There are lots of numbers on the package & endless possibilities.

It can be as simple as mommy had 14 and ate 5, how many are left? (K-2)

To

*volume problems for 5th,

*percent for 6th grade

* division with 3 digit divided by 1 digit (Common Core/Florida Standard grade 4)

Example:

A serving size of TJ flower gummies is 120 and there are 5 gummies in a serving. If I eat 1, how many calories did I consume? 😂😉

This really happened today & I solved with mental math that I ONLY know from my years being an elementary math coach & teacher.

120 divided by 5 is the same as

How many 5s are in 120?

So I broke the problem into easier chunks:

100 divided by 5 = 20

20 calories divided by 5 = 4 more calories per delicious gummy.

Then 20+4 = 24

Each gummy is 24 calories.

Parents: Here is a refresher for the vocabulary

120-~~~~this is our dividend (total # of calories)

5 ~~~~ is our divisor

24 ~~~~ is the quotient (answer)

Instead of using a calculator or busting out a piece of paper and doing long division (standard algorithm...which we still expect students to master by end of 6th grade) ...I used a common core math stratey: My favorite for division of big is called partial quotients.

All this means is breaking the problem up into easy to solve how many 5s are in 120?

5 x 20 = 100

+ 5 x 4 = 20

First partial quotient is 20 & next PQ is 4

Last step is to add them together to get answer= 24

What are your thoughts? Drop a comment, question about common core/FL math, or a problem you create with your child below!

Also, if you have a 4th-6th grader

Read them this problem, give them pencil paper & encouragement to solve any way they want! (120 divided by 5)

Happy Saturday! Treat yourself to some trader joes flower gummies if you read this whole post. 😆🤓

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24/06/2020 *
How does your brain think about solving 1103 + 177 if you didn’t have pencil & paper or access to a calculator? Let’s see all the way in the comments! 🤔✏️🤸🏽♀️🙋🏻♀️

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06/06/2020 *
This summer, parents & tutors can use games to build math skills for kids.

Here is a simple & awesome one that involves a spinner, but you could also use dice.

Similar to Math Investigations’ “Close to 100”, you’re challenged to place the digit in the place value that would give the highest number.

So with dice, if you rolled a 4 & 5...add them to get “9” ( your digit). Player would want to place the 9 in the thousands place not the ones or tens. If you roll/spin a 2...strategy might be to put that in the tens or ones place value spot...helping to build the understanding that 2,000 is much less than 9,000.

PM me for questions & math game ideas by grade level!

THE WEEKEND IS THE TIME TO PLAY

PLAY FOR FUN - THINK AND WIN - PLAY TO LEARN

The rules of the SPIN HIGH SPIN LOW GAME are simple.

There are versions of the game for all ages and it can be played by any number of players. It's a good game for the whole family.

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13/05/2020 *
Multiplication Fluency-Thinking Beyond Skip Counting (Grade 3-4)

Strategies for 6s, 7s, 8s

https://youtu.be/Du0Ub2IYkMQ

Strategies for multiplication
How to use 5s facts to solve other multiplication problems

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11/05/2020 *
Questions to keep your children thinking 💡📓✏️

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28/04/2020 *
Many of our 4th graders in Jacksonville are learning about decimals. This video has helpful visuals to understand the difference between tenths and hundredths. Understanding the thousandths place value isn’t until 5th grade.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lfk4ei4yONo&t=173s

4th Grade Decimals
4th Grade -Understanding Decimals (tenths & hundredths)

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08/04/2020 *
Geometric Wooden Shapes are a great way to explore properties of polygons such as a:

Rhombus

Trapezoid

Parallelogram

Square

Rectangle

Hexagon

Kindergarten-5th grade has geometry standards related to characteristics of flat (2D) & Solid (3D) shapes.

Here are some educational companies you can order learning tools/ hands on manipulatives from. Google:

- Hand2Mind

https://www.hand2mind.com

-EAI

https://www.eaieducation.com/

(They can ship to you & avoid Amazon packages since they’re overwhelmed with Covid 19 essentials)

Magna-tiles are also great for this type of exploring!

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05/04/2020 *
Hi there, families! Working full time as a virtual educator has led me to be a little behind on creating Youtube Teaching Videos instructing students on how to solve questions of the week. There are some good ones I created, so search "Moms Master Math" on Youtube if you want your child to see some short learning videos. They are labeled by grade level.

Remember, if there is a math problem your child is struggling with understanding, take a picture of it and send me a PM. I will work on weekends to give short videos to solve.

Be sure to share the question of the week with your elementary school friends. Post below with your city, you child's name, grade level, and what they get for an answer. Let's see how many different cities we can get children to answer these questions by 1 week from today.

Questions Of The Week for April 6th:

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03/04/2020 *
3rd to 5th could handle this one! Go Jags!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KAaSIEc5EJ4&feature=youtu.be

5th Grade Math #Problemoftheday with Jacksonville Jaguars Gardner Minshew & Michael Walker
We invite fifth graders to solve this math word problem and share your thinking with your parents, friends, and teachers. You've got this fifth graders!

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24/03/2020 *
Parents & Families:

Dreambox is a great math website that is offering free 90 day online learning. My son is 6 and he is already hooked & asking to play.

As a parent, I can see the math skills he is working on. I learned about this from a math educator friend & she shared it is great for young mathematicians!

I loved seeing that it uses visual dots to built important early math skills, like missing addend.

Ex of what Missing addend means : 5 + ? = 7

( addend + addend = sum) -> answer to addition problem.

www.dreambox.com

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23/03/2020 *
Here are kindergarten to 5th grade problems of the week. Have your child solve & video answers will be posted to the Moms Master Math Youtube Channel this week! On youtube, they can check to see if they were right. My channel is kid-friendly.

Families, download the “Florida Standards” app to help understand the learning goals for every grade level: k-12. The app is a yellow icon with the state of FL in black.

Welcome back, Jacksonville students! Enjoy working with your teachers virtually this week! We are excited to teach you in new ways!

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19/03/2020 *
Hi there! Check out the Youtube Channel for recent content added for 3rd grade:

MAFS.3.MD.1.1- Tell & write time to the minute. Solve word problems involving time.

Here is an intro video on problem solving strategy of using an Open Number Line to solve time word problems.

https://youtu.be/9r-4cwW0aV4

Strategy for 3rd Grade Telling Time & Time Word Problems
How to use an open number line to solve word problems with time-Grade 3

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19/03/2020 *
Sample word problems for Elapsed Time.

3rd Grade MAFS.3.MD.1.1:

3 word problem types to practice. Change the times to be start and end in the same hour. Once mastered, the harder is time word problems going over the hour.

IE We watched a Netflix TV show starting at 3:45 and we ended at 4:07. How long did we watch a show?

3 Types:

1) Finish Time unknown

2) Length of time (elapsed) between a known start & stop time (like Netflix example)

3) Hardest example: Finish time & length of time given. Solving for unknown start time.

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16/03/2020 *
http://learnincolor.com/educational-activities-for-when-youre-stuck-indoors.html

70 Educational Activities for When You're Stuck Indoors
If you're stuck indoors for whatever reason, try these educational activities to crack boredom from easy science experiments to fun activities.

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16/03/2020 *
Good morning, Moms & Dads who might be looking for math activities for your littles. Or those wondering how to fill the hours in the coming weeks.

Game 1: Monopoly

Here is a conversation my 1st grader & I had recently while playing.

“She landed on ____. How much change does she get if she gives me 50 money and owes 26?”

Me: “Hmm lets think about it. Lets start at 26 & count on to 50. Model finger counting 27,28,29,30. Ok. Now how do we get from 30 to 50?”

Son: “Looks up with his eyes at the ceiling. He is thinking and doing mental math. Pauses...20”

Me: “Ok so 4 ones and 2 tens is 24.”

Son: “I thought it was going to be 34?!”

Me as a math teacher...super excited to explore this misconception in a future lesson.

Naturally his 6 yr old brain is thinking

20+ 30 = 50

So expecting 24 + 36 to be 50. (Not accounting for the ten 1s turning into a new 10...so it’s 60.

Comments below will show all the Common Core & FL Math Standards your children practice during a Monolopy Math lesson. Drop a comment below if you play with your kids!