April 26, 2021

Beginning to Understand Decimals in 4th Grade Math and the Upper Elementary Classroom


Beginning to Understand Decimals with free decimal activities for the Upper Elementary classroom

Believe me when I say that teaching decimals to 4th Graders can sometimes be a challenge! It is hard for fourth grade math students to grasp place value, much less decimals and their places. While it may be typical for students to struggle with decimals and place value, it doesn’t have to be the norm!


Learning about decimals and their place value is an extremely important skill, especially when students transition to learning about fractions and percentages along with basic number and money sense. 


First, I begin by reviewing with students that a decimal is less than one or less than the whole thing. Then I slowly build for understanding using place value.  It is important that the students visually see that tenths and hundredths are just a small part of the whole thing.


When teaching students how to read and write decimals, creating a visual chart like this can be helpful. Remind students that the decimal is said as "and" when reading a whole number with decimals. 

Beginning to Understand Decimals with free decimal activities for 4th Grade Math and the Upper Elementary classroom

Beginning to Understand Decimals with free decimal activities for 4th Grade Math and the Upper Elementary classroom

After using place value, then we move to ordering them on a number line, eventually comparing to adding/subtracting decimals.  My last step is to practice and introduce multiplying and dividing decimals.

Decimal FREE Activities for Fourth 4th Grade Math


Introduce or practice decimals with students with my freebie here. Students will practice adding and reviewing decimals. This is a great way to determine where your students are at and their understanding of place value. 

Decimal FREE Activities for Fourth 4th Grade Math


If you’ve been around here for very long, then I’m sure you know what my FAVORITE way to introduce or review a new concept is through catchy songs.


Number Rock has some great videos that will have your students up on their feet, moving to the beat, all while they learn about decimals and their places. 


Check them out! Decimal Place Value, and Rounding Decimals are sure to be hit in your classroom!




Once students have a stronger understanding of decimals, then it’s time to move to Comparing and Ordering them. And as always, you can count on Tricia for engaging resources. 


I love using this decimals resource in math centers, small groups, as homework and even during asynchronous work. Your 4th and 5th graders will be so engaged with 14 different activities. And to make your life easier, I’ve also included two parent communication forms along with an anchor chart. 

Beginning to Understand Decimals with decimal activities for the Upper Elementary classroom and 4th Grade Math Classroom

What more could you want?! 


Your students may turn into math lovers after all! Happy teaching!

Check out my Beginning Decimals Resource below.

Beginning to Understand Decimals with decimal activities for 4th Grade Math and the Upper Elementary classroom

You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!


April 22, 2021

3 Ways to Teach Teen Numbers in Kindergarten

Free Teen Number Activities and Ways to Teach Teen Numbers to your Kindergarten Math Student

Do your Kindergarten students struggle with understanding teen numbers? No fear, you can count on Tricia!


Sometimes reading and even writing teen-digit numbers can be tricky for little learners. While it’s a skill learned in kindergarten and first grade, it sets the foundation for mathematical building blocks in later grades. 


Teen Numbers are the numbers between 10 and 20.  We practice representing them by taking a ten and adding more.  Ways to compose teen numbers include using tally marks, ten frames, addition and subtraction equations, coins and identifying teen numbers on a number line or a number grid.  


There are SO many options for students to practice composing teen numbers. But how can we help our students master teen numbers with ease? I’m going to share 3 of my favorite tricks for mastering reading, writing. counting and decomposing teen numbers

  1. Incorporating Music 

  2. Composing and Decomposing Teen Numbers with manipulatives

  3. Differentiated Activities


INCORPORATING MUSIC

One of my all time favorite ways to introduce and review a concept like teen numbers in with….


You guessed! JACK HARTMAN!!

I love incorporating a video with catchy songs into our lessons. Plus, my students can’t get enough!


Check out these Jack Hartman videos that are guaranteed to get your students up and moving, while also learning about teen numbers. We just love that guy. 


Teen Numbers in the Air

Teen Numbers Rap

Teen Numbers Song


 In the classroom, I like playing these music videos as a review in the morning during bellwork when the students are starting their day or before math as a warm up to our teen numbers lessons. They are short and sweet!


Students can also practice place value with this video here


COMPOSING and DECOMPOSING TEENS WITH MANIPULATIVES

When we learn about teen numbers we practice composing and decomposing numbers. Begin by using manipulatives like mini erasers, cubes or base ten blocks for students to make a visual connection.  


Begin by reviewing making familiar numbers like 7 and 8 to get students in the mindset of practicing ways to compose numbers.  In class we talk about numbers, like us, belonging to families.  The largest number in a family is 9.  


We practice chanting this  "This largest number, the largest number, the largest number in a family is 9."   If there are nine members (cubes, mini erasers..) in a family, it is all good.  Once the 10th member comes, the numbers bind together and jump over into the tens family.   This chant helps students understand making ten and numbers greater than 10.


DIFFERENTIATED ACTIVITIES

Some students seem to catch onto the concept of composing teen numbers quickly while other students need more support and scaffolding of the concept. Differentiated teen number activities help Kindergarten Math students who benefit from extra help.

Free Teen Number Activities and Ways to Teach Teen Numbers to your Kindergarten Math Student
I’ve created differentiated worksheets to help students out when learning about teen numbers. Use these Teen Number Activities for math centers, buddy activities, peer tutoring, small group, enrichment, homework or even independent review.

Free Teen Number Activities and Ways to Teach Teen Numbers to your Kindergarten Math Student


Don’t leave without grabbing a freebie here! Students will practice ways to make teen numbers while also engaging their fine motor skills by cutting and pasting. So perfect for little learners. 


This Teen Number resource is a fantastic supplement to those teachers looking for more support and ideas for teaching teen numbers . From cut, sort and gluing activities to different ways decomposing numbers 10 to 20 to detailed parent communication forms, this resource is perfect with fun activities to practice understanding teen numbers. 

Teen Number Activities and Ways to Teach Teen Numbers to your Kindergarten Math Student

Helping your Kindergarteners or First-Graders write teen numbers can be tricky, but it’s an important skill they need to master to count with confidence! 


If you’ve ever noticed your students struggling with the “tricky teens”, this packet is perfect practice. You can use it as morning work, homework, in small group enrichment centers, or even as partner work. Just print and go!


Kindergarten teachers are loving this resource for tackling the teens! One teacher said, "This was an awesome resource. My Kinders loved it and it did a great job reinforcing teen numbers. It was very organized and well designed. Many thanks."


Another teacher said, "This was just what I was looking for to help students fill the gaps with a daily routine to practice and learn the tricky teen numbers."



You can always “count on me” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!

Teen Number Activities and Ways to Teach Teen Numbers to your Kindergarten Math Student

You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!

April 18, 2021

Fun Spring Addition Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade Math Students

Spring Addition FREE Activity Color by Number for Kindergarten Math and First Grade Math Students

 I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that Spring is here! One of my favorite parts about this time of the year is incorporating elements of it into worksheets and activities. 


Early learners in kindergarten and first grade are introduced to and practice new addition facts for most of the school year. Students learn these new facts for mastery and to strengthen their ability to instantly recall math facts. 


But why is this so important? For students to grow and develop as mathematicians, they must first master basic facts. Learning these facts will create fluency and set the foundation for high level thinking that is needed for subtraction, multiplication and even division. 


There are so many different activities and ways for students to practice addition fluency, but I have found that many students love to do so through color by number activities. Plus, activities such as this are also perfect for hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills. 



Little hands won’t realize how much they are actually learning while they work their way through  a color by number activity. Try it out in your classroom this Spring by clicking here. Students will use instant recall to work their way through this adorable frog coloring page FREEBIE.

Spring Addition FREE Activity Color by Number for Kindergarten Math and First Grade Math Students


If you love this activity, then there's more where that came from! I love using this activity for more ways to practice addition and help my students master facts in the classroom. Plus it’s little prep for me. What’s better than that?! 


Happy Students and Happy Teacher. 


Students will be engaged while coloring addition facts by code (Spring style). I love to use this addition activities during small groups, math centers and even enrichment time. 

Spring Addition Activity Color by Number for Kindergarten Math and First Grade Math Students
You can always count on Tricia for engaging math resources that your students will love, and some that might just turn a few of your students into math lovers after all. 

Spring Addition Activity Color by Number for Kindergarten Math and First Grade Math Students
You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!


April 5, 2021

Practice Multiplying by 12 with Games, Activities and Songs


Multiplying by 12 Free Activities for Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade Math Review

Once students have mastered basic addition and subtraction, then they are ready for the fun stuff. One word, multiplication. 


This is a concept that I feel can go two ways for students. They are either thrilled to be learning something new or they have major anxiety about the unknown of multiplication. 


Whatever the case may be, introduce or review multiplying by 12 with these fun, upbeat and engaging activities are sure to cure any nervousness related to multiplication. 

Interactive Videos

I love using YOUTUBE videos in the classroom This YOUTUBE video from NUMBEROCK is awesome!  I love the rhythm, and your students will too! They will move to the beat, while also learning the multiples of 12. How fun! 

(In my next life, I want to come back as a dancer in this video 💃🏻)


As always, I love introducing and reviewing math concepts with a short and catchy video.  If Jack Hartmann  creates it, we play it.  Plain and simple.  We love that guy! In this video, students can learn to multiply by 12 (along with Jack, of course!).

 


Multiplication Activities

Students can practice their multiplication facts with this Multiplication Facts Activity. This is a great way to review, enhance or simply learn new multiplication facts by 12. The games, activities and flashcards in this Multiplication Resource have been proven to be highly effective in helping beginners master multiplication factor 12 facts and times tables. Students will have FUN while also learning. Win-Win!

Multiplying by 12 Activities for Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade Math Review


Bottom Line: Knowing Multiplication Facts with instant recall and accuracy is crucial for higher learning in math. Once students understand the basic concept of multiplication, looking for patterns within times tables and practicing facts in a fun way can help students achieve mastery. 


But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered 


Grab this awesome FREEBIE to practice multiplying by 12 with your students! Students can find the missing product of multiplication facts to make each number equation true. 

Multiplying by 12 Free Activities for Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade Math Review

Math Games continue to be an important part of my math block. In Times 12 Bump, students will play a fun, multiplication game with partners. The only materials needed is dice and some counters. The player who solves the most products, wins! 
Multiplying by 12 Free Activities for Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade Math Review
If your students find the above Multiplication Times 12 free activities helpful, you may also like my Multiplication Facts Times 12 worksheets. The Multiplying by 12 resource is a wonderful supplement to those teachers looking for more support and ideas to practice and review multiplying by 12. From word problems to mathematical mazes, this multiplication packet is perfect with fun activities to practice multiplying by twelve.

The Multiplication Times 12 resource, as seen above, is versatile, as well as perfect for morning work, homework, small group enrichment centers, and partnered work. Plus, it is a fun and engaging resource for your students and no-prep for you! 

You can always count on me for high quality resources that your students will enjoy.


You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!