Tag Archives: addition

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

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Conservation of fingers and toes

Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading

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Lots of fun with Tiny Polka Dot

For a week in our kindergarten class we have been playing with Tiny Polka Dot!  I had been excited about these cards arriving for a while, and I was not disappointed.  They are colorful, sturdy and creative, and my students … Continue reading

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Numbers on a Line

A few weeks ago, we spent several days exploring and playing with number lines in our Kindergarten math class.  Before introducing the number line, I wanted to surprise the students by telling them about numbers less than zero.  I went … Continue reading

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Great Mathematicians, Old and Young

Almost every week, I read or tell my second grade class a story about a famous mathematician.  Recently, we have been reading from the book Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians and the students have been … Continue reading

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Kids are like marbles

In addition to teaching Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and partially 3rd-4th grades at the Main Line Classical Academy, I am also continuing to teach enrichment math at the Golden Key Russian School.  There, I have two groups of Kindergartners, one group … Continue reading

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Gruesome Math

Zoe has a recent fascination with blood – not the real kind (luckily), but the kind that appears in stories when someone gets hurt.  Here is an example of how an innocent math problem turned into a gruesome tale.  I was … Continue reading

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