When it comes to teaching multiplication, I believe several things are important, some because they help students learn and others because they make the learning more pleasant. Don’t underestimate the latter. First of all, students are in school for much of their waking hours, other things being equal, why shouldn’t they enjoy their time, or…

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## Adding and Subtracting fractions with a Common Denominator: Multi-step problems

Students often struggle with multi-step problems for a lot of reasons. In my experience, the most common one is they stop too soon. For example, in the first lesson below, the student may add up the fractions of the rice gathered by each of the two sisters and stop there. However, the question asks, “How…

## Student Progress Reports

I love staying up late grading papers – said no teacher, ever! Get student progress reports in seconds I’m serious. You can watch the video below and see how you can register as a teacher and then add all of your students’ usernames in a few minutes. After that, any time you want to see…

## Multiplication Lesson Plan

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…

## 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

Begin the lesson with a definition 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. NOTE: This lesson plans follows the lesson on Introducing Fractions. If…

## 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…

## Visualizing the Exact Fish Problem

Here’s an example to practice visualization of a math problem. This problem solving technique will help you understand any math problem in an easy way. Like the video? You’ll love the game. Get Fish Lake here. In Fish Lake, players practice with fractions while learning math problem-solving strategies. They’ll also be introduced to Native American…