Tag Archives: 1st grade

Secret 3-digit numbers

For the past two weeks, in my first grade math class, we had been playing with 3-digit numbers. Many of the students in this class are the same ones that participated in the lessons described in the posts 3-digit numbers … Continue reading

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Drawing heads, tails, knees, and toes – useful?

Drawing a useful picture or diagram is an important problem-solving skill.  From teaching different groups of elementary school children, I have noticed that some students are very reluctant to draw anything whereas others will draw elaborate pictures with lots of … Continue reading

A number talk that turned into an investigation

It all started out with 12+12+12 a problem that was not particularly difficult for any of my 1st/2nd grade students.  The students took turns suggesting strategies for doing this computation and I recorded them on the board (this was an … Continue reading

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Logical Fun, Part II

Here is the long overdue follow-up post to Logical Fun, Part I. The previous post left off with the following logic problem being posed to the students: A man is looking at a portrait.  A passerby asks him whose picture … Continue reading

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Logical Fun, Part I

Once a week, I teach a joint math class at my school which combines children of ages 6-10.  For these lessons, I generally try to pick an activity that I can present as a series of “problems” of increasing difficulty … Continue reading

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