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Resources and the Environment: The Math Link
Take advantage of this interdisciplinary resource and bring together topics in science, language arts, and math. Use characters and events from the story Tillena Lou's Big Adventure as a context for practicing addition and subtraction, learning basic probability, comparing amounts, and sorting objects.
K - 2nd Math CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Fractions I
Practice adding and subtracting mixed numbers, finding the parts of a whole, and adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions with a complete set of worksheets. The worksheets contain a variety of fractions activities, perfect for your math lesson.
3rd - 7th Math CCSS: Adaptable
“I Can” Common Core! 1st Grade Math
Any first grader can master the Common Core math standards with this checklist! With each standard rewritten as an affirmative I can statement, children are provide with clear goals to work toward throughout the school year. Display an enlarged copy of this checklist in the classroom to serve as reference during math lessons Implement this resource as an ongoing assessment of student growth, documenting the abilities of each child with respect to the Common Core standards
1st Math CCSS: Designed
New Review Initial Fraction Ideas Lesson 20: Overview
Whether you're measuring the ingredients for a recipe or splitting pizza between some friends, fractions are everywhere. Teach young mathematicians how to add fractions in order to solve real-world problems with this elementary math lesson.
3rd - 6th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Half Math Quilt
Help your third graders become familiar with equivalent fractions for one-half by having them create a quilt. They will use triangles to create a quilt of equivalent fractions over a period of 6 days. As they create the quilt pieces they will write the fractions on the triangles.
3rd - 4th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Just Enough Carrots: Math Lesson
Practice addition and subtraction skills with your class. They read Just Enough Carrots, by Frank Remkiewicz, and use math manipulatives to solve addition and subtraction problems associated with the story. This lesson includes group problem solving, class discussion, and math practice.
K - 3rd Math CCSS: Adaptable
More and Less Handfuls
Working as a pair, two kindergartners will sit at a table and will pick two handfuls of counters. They will combine their individual handfuls into one, and count their own selection. They will then draw and record their count on a record worksheet (not provided but see the set-up section on the lesson plan for details on how to create).
K Math CCSS: Designed
Properties of Real Numbers
Students use paper cups and colored chips to observe properties of operations with real numbers. As a class, students brainstorm and use manipulatives to demonstrate associative, commutative, distributive identity and inverse properties. In groups, they write a "properties poem" and create a slide show explaining the properties.
7th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
The Doorbell Rang
After listening to the story, The Doorbell Rang, young learners apply concepts from the book in an interactive math activity. They decorate and cut out twelve cookie templates (included, but seem to be cut off), and solve "cookie math problems" with a partner, who also has twelve cookies.
2nd - 4th Math
New Review Second Grade Adding and Subtracting
Reinforce addition and subtraction in your second grade class with a series of lessons that feature manipulatives, ten frames, spinners, and number lines. The unit is divided into three sections and includes concepts such as counting objects by groups, solving problems on a number line, and writing equations to match the story.
1st - 3rd Math CCSS: Designed
New Review Initial Fraction Ideas Lesson 9 Overview
Visual models support young mathematicians with exploring equivalent fractions. Starting with a quick warm-up problem, children go on to work through a series of guiding practice problems before working with a partner identifying and describing the fractions represented by a series of visual models.
3rd - 6th Math CCSS: Adaptable
The Power of One - Math in a Different Angle
In this 2-day instructional activity focused on exponents, middle schoolers will cross the curriculum by engaging in science, history and language arts activities. Exponential growth will be explored using grains of rice on a chess board. Exponential power, as well as the power of one, will be connected to a historical event as a way for the class to make connections to real-world events.
5th - 7th Math CCSS: Adaptable