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Card Coins

It's tough teaching students the value of coins and how to count them when they may not have had much experience touching and handling them.  Here is one say to give students some visual and tactile experience with coins....Read more

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The Area Model

Here's a quick look all together at three common methods of multiplying multi-digit numbers:  the area model, the partial products method, and the "standard algorithm."  Decomposing the factors in the first two methods helps clarify how the standard algorithm works...Read more

Write Word Problems about your Students!

"Hey!  This has your name in it!"   "There's my name!"   "Mr. Murray, did YOU write these?!"  All of a sudden they're interested in word problems.  You can insert your students' names into word problems ...... Read more

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