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# Mental Math Strategies

## Collection by Whitney Vance

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If you are like me, you have a number of students in your class that still don't know their math facts. They didn't know them last year. They didn't know them the year before. They think they are "bad at math" because of their inability to quickly retrieve these basic facts. Don't get me wrong--fact "fluency" is important...and it sure makes "big math" an awful lot easier! The key is that students maintain perspective on the role math facts play in the big picture--and once THEY know that…

Vowels and Consonants We started first grade about 5 weeks ago. Ah! Time flies when you are having fun! We reviewed vowels and consonants for a few days and I needed to see where my kids were. I also needed to keep my back to school sanity. We headed outside with chalk (and clipboard) in hand for a little formative. Students wrote their names and marked the vowels and consonants. We did it with a few other words, too. They love marking words, playing with chalk, and being outside. I loved…

Here is a game I recently played with the class for practicing doubles. There is a directions sheet included so it can be used as a center or you could do it with the whole class. Two different game boards are also included (one with directions on the page and one without). You can download ... Read More about Doubles Math Game

A great way to work on decomposing numbers and addition facts!

These March printables are great for building number sense and part part whole relationships! Themes include March Madness, St. Patrick's Day and Spring.

In math, students should be doing more talking than the teacher. See how number talks can transform your instruction.

WHY do we need to help our students become fluent in basic math facts? And HOW can do that? I am so glad you asked! I will be answering those two questions for us! Let’s start with the WHY:...

Doubles Facts Freebie- I like the real world connections- would help with understanding even/ odd, too!

No Prep game for second grade - Players roll 2 dice, add and double while trying to make four in a row. More print and play games and also colored board games for second grade in Back to School Math Games Second Grade.

Tweet I have written before about some of my favorite apps for primary students on more than one occasion but today I want to share with you my favorite app for working on place value to 1000. It is called Math Slide. It is free for a limited number of game and 1.99 for unlimited play. It can be played by 1-4 players and has 10 different games. Game 1 In game 1 they show place value pieces, money pieces or a number line and students have to figure out what number it represents. If they have…

Here is a game I recently played with the class for practicing doubles. There is a directions sheet included so it can be used as a center or you could do it with the whole class. Two different game boards are also included (one with directions on the page and one without). You can download ... Read More about Doubles Math Game