As I have been feverishly working to finish my CGI subtraction resource this week, I had some discussions with teachers about CGI and realized that not everyone is familiar with "Cognitively Guided Instruction"! I attended the University of Wisconsin during the development of CGI, so I "grew up" teaching with it! For today's "Texts on Tuesdays", I thought I would share some resources ... Read the Post
A Remainder of One–and a Kiss or Two!
We continued our division studies by reading and sharing the following book: If you aren't familiar with it, it is a cute tale that follows an insect "army" as they try to parade before the queen. They have 25 soldiers, and no matter how many rows they make, poor Joe always ends up a remainder which displeased her royal highness! Fortunately--the book DOES have a happy ending! I ... Read the Post
Literary Essays: Digging Deeper
Hello! I don't know about you--but I can't lie. I am excited to have a four day week and a week off next week! I know not everyone has the same break schedule (or even breaks!) so I promise to not rub in that not only am I off next week, but that I am going to be on a small land mass totally surrounded by water! I have a few blog posts that I hope to write this week, ... Read the Post
Constructing MORE Meaning! Division Day 1!
Hello and Happy Sunday! Thanks to ALL of you so much for your support of my fraction unit! I was so happy to see so many of you were able to get it yesterday. . . and the kind comments you left just made my day. Thanks so much . . . hopefully lots of students will be having fun learning fractions in a really meaningful way! I didn't really blog much about my little mini unit on ... Read the Post
I did it! I published it! 190 pages of fraction fun! I cannot begin to thank all of you for your kind words over the last few months . . . you have kept me going when it didn't seem worth the time and you have made me feel very appreciated! So . . . the unit is up and published. I feel so bad about how expensive it is . . . I asked several top sellers how much to sell it for, ... Read the Post
Fractions Day 16: Word Problems and Critical Thinking
Well . . . I promised a little update on the problem solving from the other day, so here goes! What I often do toward the end of a unit is provide students with a class period or two to work collaboratively or on their own on an assortment of word problems. Some of the problems are right at the level I would expect them to be able to do and others "push" and help them work on their "problem ... Read the Post
Fractions Day 11: Where’d You Get THAT Number Line?
Hello everyone--and thanks for coming back for more fraction adventures! Today's post is really a combination of classroom "happenings"; I don't know if you've noticed, but sometimes something I plan as a quick warm up turns into something just a teeeeeny bit more involved! Fraction Number Lines That was the case with my warm up the other day. It seemed simple enough. Note: I purposely did NOT ... Read the Post