If you teach math, you are well aware of how essential it is that students learn basics such as multiplication and division. Of course math shouldn’t be all about rote memorization but if you believe it is a waste of time for students to memorize 9 x 7 = 63 you came to the wrong…

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## Teaching with primary sources: Buffalo hunting

Are primary sources important? Have your students watch the following two videos back to back. Not the galloping buffalo, the video below that. These two videos together are great resources for a lesson on the value of primary sources. How did a Dakota boy learn to hunt buffalo? How old did you have to be?…

## Converting a fraction to equal 1

Converting a fraction to equal 1 To follow up our lesson plans on introducing fractions and teaching equivalent fractions, we want to talk about converting fractions to a whole number. The simplest case to start converting to whole numbers is converting a fraction to equal 1 This presentation gives several examples of when a fraction…

## Equivalent Fractions: Lesson Plan

Equivalent fractions are different fractions that name the same number. The numerator and the denominator of a fraction must be multiplied by the same nonzero whole number in order to have equivalent fractions. The presentations and videos below provide multiple explanations and examples. Using Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line I really like this PPT on how to use equivalent…

## Introducing Fractions: Lesson Plan

STANDARD: Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. Before you jump into teaching how to add, subtract, multiply or divide fractions, it’s best to take some time to be sure your students understand what a fraction is. Today’s lesson starts with four videos that explain what exactly IS a fraction. Would you…

## Adding Fractions with Like Denominators

Now that you understand what a fraction is, what’s a numerator and what’s a denominator, you can start doing operations with fractions. The easiest place to start is in adding fractions with like denominators. Some people also call these ‘common denominators’. This video comes from our game, Fish Lake. You can get it here. In…

## Time Rate Distance Problems : 10 minute lesson

Time-rate-distance problems are word problems that involve the distance an object will travel at a certain average rate for a given period of time. This type of problem drives many students crazy. That’s why we find it so helpful to have multiple examples. Okay, maybe this is a 15 or 20-minute lesson, but we didn’t…

## Visualize: Problem-solving video

Do you remembering first learning addition and subtraction? Did the teacher just give you numbers and sit you at a desk? If they did, I am so sorry. Most teachers first teach with a fancy tool we like to call visualizing. Did you ever use little bears to count, coins, or any small items to help…

## What is half? – Fractions video

One half means it’s fair Who doesn’t want life to be fair? Learning fractions? Start with the most basic – dividing a whole into two equal parts. Equal is the key point emphasized here. It’s not enough to be in two parts, you need two equal parts. Fractions are more than pizza I like this…

## When is a fraction the same as one?

When first learning fractions, I’ve found most students benefit from lots and lots of examples. It’s fine to teach rules and procedures, which I do, but I also try to show that rule applied in many different contexts. Watch this video for many examples of how N/N = 1 . Whether it is one trip,…