Blog Posts from Beyond Traditional Math

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Hands on Equivalent Fractions
How to Teach Equivalent Fractions and Make it Stick for Good! Use a variety of manipulatives to help with exploring equivalent fractions in a hands on way. This is especially important for 3rd grade!
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5 Tips for Making Anchor Charts Like a Pro
5 Tips for Making Anchor Charts Like a Pro | Beyond Traditional Math
How to Subtract and Regroup Mixed Numbers with Visual Models
Tips for how to make subtracting mixed numbers visual, which is especially helpful for regrouping. Includes a link to a youtube demonstration.
Teen Numbers are Early Place Value
Tips for Teaching Area and Perimeter
For as long as I can remember students have mixed up the difference between area and perimeter on standardized tests. Around this time of year as state testing approaches, we all get this nutty feeling that we need to start hammering test prep activities and get out flashcards with vocabulary. Here are three easy ways to ease your test prep anxiety and get students engaged with these two concepts.
3 Tips to Help Students Tell the Difference Between Area and Perimeter
Reinforce Geometry Vocab with Games
I love to be sneaky with using vocabulary in the classroom. One of the ways that I like to embed it is through game playing. For example, instead of using two color counters, we pull out the pattern blocks. Instead of saying “I want blue!”, I tell the students that I would like them to sound more like a fancy mathematician. Instead you must say, “I would like to play with the trapezoid, please.”
Start Geometry Vocabulary Early!
I love to be sneaky with using vocabulary in the classroom. One of the ways that I like to embed it is through game playing. For example, instead of using two color counters, we pull out the patter…
The Absolute BEST Way to Practice Multiplication Facts
Ditch the flashcards and timed tests...try this instead. Motivate and delight your students with a new way to practice multiplication facts.
Real Life Examples of Multiplication
When students mix up numbers and symbols for multiplication, give them practice with real life VISUAL examples.
Visuals Make EVERYTHING Clear
Visual 100 Chart: Help Students Connect Quantity to Numerals
I Am NOT Doing Math Today: Math Fortune Tellers
Math Fortune Tellers: (Blog Post) A fun idea born today on a Monday, when doing anything feels painful. :)
Deepening Math Vocabulary In One Simple Step
Deepening Math Vocabulary In One Simple Step (Blog Post) Math Vocabulary Instruction | Tips for Math Vocabulary Practice | Math Vocabulary Ideas
Swear Words In Math Class
Swear Words in Math Class (Blog Post) Multiplication Concepts | Multiplication Center Ideas | Math Intervention Ideas | Using Tools in Math