How to improve number fact fluency in your students

When a child can answer 7 + 8 quickly and correctly we know they’re developing strategies for number fact retrieval. And when you’ve spent the last two weeks teaching them the mental math strategy – doubles plus one, this…

addition games for teaching addition strategies

How to Make Addition Strategies Stick

I love it when I know kids are using addition strategies to answer their number facts quickly and accurately. You know how it is, at the beginning of the year they’re using a ruler, their fingers or blocks to…

Make wanted and not wanted food posters for your food and nutrition theme.

Ideas for Teaching a Food and Nutrition Unit

Space, the sea, pets, insects … what theme do you love to cover year after year? What gets your creative juices flowing thinking about all the activities you can do? For me, it’s a food theme. No, it’s not…

8 Strategies That Will Make Subtraction Easy

Do you spend a lot of time teaching the addition strategies but a lot less time on subtraction? No matter what country you teach in,  you will find a mathematics standard that says something like, ‘Fluently add and subtract…

Differentiate your word work activities

Have you ever noticed how your low readers want to be doing the same word work activities as your high readers? Of course with everyone on different word lists and at different reading levels this just isn’t possible, but…

21 Word Work Activities to Engage Young Learners

Editable word work activities are a huge time saver. It’s so easy to create a range of literacy centers, sight word practice activities, even homework sheets – all with the words you need for your kids. Type in the words you…