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Math Practices
(Pedagogy/Theory)
This video gives an overview of the 8 Math Practices and how they apply to the elementary grades.
Demystifying the Fraction Rules We Teach
(Free Trainings–Webinars)
This webinar was facilitated by Graham Fletcher.
In this webinar, Graham discussed…

how the rules we teach undermine algebraic reasoning

how we can connect the operations of fractions to our whole number understanding

how to conceptually understand some of the rules we teach

resources that you can help you put theory into practice
Resources to be added this month
Fluency Games K5 – Here are some engaging games that can be played with any set of math facts no matter what the operation and no matter where a student is on their journey within those sets of math facts! This is in the Resources area under Classroom Resources.
Addition Fact Flashcards with Strategies
Access to StrADDegy – This is normally a paid site, but BMM members now have access for FREE!!! StrADDegy is a learning portal for teachers that gives you lessons, activities, stories, etc to help your students explore early number sense and develop their flexibility with addition & subtraction facts. It is one of my favorite online sites and I’m so excited to be giving you all access for free!!
Accessible Mathematics Book Study
(Book Study Course)
The Accessible Mathematics Book Study will be starting. The books were back ordered and so we are delayed in receiving them. If you didn’t submit your mailing address, then you can purchase the book yourself and still participate in the book study. Ann Elise Record will be posting prompts each week for you to comment on inside the Book Study area.
Number Sense Scope & Sequence
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
How should standards in your grade level be grouped and organized throughout the year? How does number sense help you meet those standards? This scope & sequence gives you ONE suggested progression that you can use to help guide your instruction in grades 3rd5th and weave number sense throughout.
Resources to be added this month
Virtual Math Summit!!!!!
The 2019 Virtual Math Summit will go live July 29August 1. We have over 30 presenters again this year. The sessions will be available for general public to view for a week. After that you will continue to have access to them inside the BMM site.
Accessible Mathematics Book Study
(Book Study Course)
July the Accessible Mathematics Book Study will be going every week. Ann Elise Record will be posting prompts each week for you to comment on inside the Book Study area.
Resources to be added this month
ConcreteRepresentationalAbstract Approach to Teaching Math
(Pedagogy/Theory)
ConcreteRepresentationalAbstract approach to teaching math has been around for awhile. However, it is usually done in a linear path. In this video we will take a look at how we should be combining these three stages to build connections for students. You will do a few math problems and look at how to solve each using the ConcreteRepresentationalAbstract approach.
Comparing Decimals
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
Learn about how we can compare decimals in ways that reinforce decimal number sense. We will explore comparing decimals using concrete manipulatives, visuals, and numberlines.
Adding Fractions
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
In this video, we explore how to add fractions using the concrete, representational, and then abstract progression so that we are not only determining sums efficiently, but also building our students’ fraction sense.
Resources added this month
Strategies for Comparing Fractions – Here is a cheat sheet describing all the various strategies that can be used to compare fractions. This resource now accompanies the Comparing Fractions.
Getting Started with Cuisenaire Rods – Cuisenaire rods are one of the most versatile and powerful math tools we can use in our classrooms. Here is a short guide to help you get started using them in your classrooms no matter what grade level you teach. This resource now accompanies the Cuisenaire Rods in PreK2, Cuisenaire Rods in 3rd5th – Multiplication, and Cuisenaire Rods in 3rd5th – Division videos.
Exploring Perimeter and Area – This resource is a compilation of ideas shared by members of the Build Math Minds Facebook Community on how to explore Perimeter and Area of shapes with students so that they have a true understanding about what they are measuring.
Beyond Answers: Exploring Math Practices and Developing Math Reasoning with All Students (with Mike Flynn)
(MiniCourse)
By experiencing what it’s like to be a student engaged in the mathematical practices, teachers will develop a better understanding of the practices and how they can leverage them in the classroom to elevate students’ interest and sensemaking.
Word Problem Types Involving Addition & Subtraction with Ann Elise Record
(MiniCourse)
Based on the research of Thomas Carpenter et al. in Cognitively Guided Instruction, there are 15 types of singlestep word problems that involve addition and subtraction alone! In order for us to facilitate our students’ navigation through exploring all these problem types, we must first become familiar with them ourselves.
Number Sense in 3rd5th with Christina Tondevold
(MiniCourse)
In this course you will learn fun ways to build your kiddos’ number sense in 3rd5th grade. We will investigate how to build the number sense concepts along with how it makes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions so much easier. You will walk away knowing how to assess your students’ number sense, how to help them catch the number sense concepts, and how to help them use that number sense in other areas of math.
Resources added this month
Each of the MiniCourses comes with lots of resources to help you implement the ideas. Check out each minicourse page for the resources.
Number Sense in PreK2
(MiniCourse)
In this course you will learn fun ways to build your kiddos’ number sense in PreK2nd grade. We will investigate how to build the number sense concepts along with how it makes math content so much easier. You will walk away knowing how to assess your students’ number sense, how to help them catch the number sense concepts, and how to help them use that number sense in other areas of math.
Mathematical Games in PreK2 with Dan Finkel
(MiniCourse)
In this minicourse, we’ll explore how to make Play The Engine of Learning by investigating what makes a great game, how to use them in the classroom to best effect, and what & how students learn as they play.
Mathematical Games in 3rd5th with Dan Finkel
(MiniCourse)
Properly taught, games encourage a playful, engaging experience with mathematical ideas, and can motivate skills practice and exploration of deeper concepts. Dan will help you see how Play is The Engine of Learning by showing you a range of ways to use games in the classroom, and explore how his collection of favorite games can create a more robust understanding of arithmetic, estimation, strategic thinking, and more.
Resources added this month
Each of the MiniCourses comes with lots of resources to help you implement the ideas. Check out each minicourse page for the resources.
Decimal Sense
(Procedural/Conceptual Understanding 3rd5th)
Learn about ways we can use concrete manipulatives and visuals to help our students develop their number sense around decimals.
Comparing Fractions
(Procedural/Conceptual Understanding 3rd5th)
Learn about how we can compare fractions without resorting to tricks….there is no place for butterflies in math class! We will explore comparing fractions using concrete manipulatives, visuals, and numberlines.
Resources added this month
Multiplication CRA Progression – This resource is designed as a general guide for how students can progress through the CRA progression to explore multidigit multiplication before the algorithm is introduced and what we can do within each step to help students use strategies throughout the process rather than having them count by ones. This resource now accompanies the Strategies for MultiDigit Multiplication video.
Division CRA Progression – This resource is designed as a general guide for how students can progress through the CRA progression to explore multidigit division before the algorithm is introduced and what we can do within each step to help students use strategies throughout the process rather than having them count by ones. This resource now accompanies the Strategies for MultiDigit Division video.
Subtraction CRA Progression – Here is a sample CRA progression of multidigit subtraction with tips along the way to help our students move away by counting by ones. This resource now accompanies the Strategies for MultiDigit Subtraction video.
Equivalent Fractions
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
Learn about how we can explore methods to determine equivalent fractions using visuals and various math tools.
Operating with Powers of Ten
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
Kids will see the pattern of just “adding a zero” when multiplying by a power of 10, but that “rule” doesn’t extend. In this video we will look at how to help kids understand what’s really happening when multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.
Classifying Triangles
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
In this video you will learn the progression of standards that lead up to children being able to classify triangles as well as how to help children classify triangles by both their sides and angles.
Resources added this month
Math Fact Progression of Strategies – For each operation, there is a suggested progression of strategies as recommended by Dr. Nicki Newton within her researchbased Math Running Records. Explanations of the strategies as well as the math facts within each set will be described in a way intended to be sent home to parents.
Addition CRA Strategy Progression – Here is a suggested progression from concrete to representational to abstract exploring the concepts of multidigit addition.The use of Cuisenaire rods and drawing representations using subitizing dot patterns makes this progression particularly powerful. This resource now accompanies the Strategies for MultiDigit Addition video.
Free Universal and Number Sense Math Screeners – Inside the Build Math Minds Facebook group we get asked a LOT about math screeners and assessments. This cheat sheet is list of the FREE screeners and assessments that were shared by Build Math Mind members. This is NOT an endorsement of the assessments, but instead a summary of some to investigate and see if they meet your needs.
Math Fact Strategy Flashcards A set of flashcards will be shared for each operation with suggested strategies listed on the back side of the flashcards with an explanation of a strategy sort activity that can be done with the flashcards to help build flexible thinking.
Modeling Multiplication with Cuisenaire Rods
(Implementation Course)
Learn about how you can use Cuisenaire rods to help your students explore multiplication concepts such as the commutative property, area models, and strategies from basic facts to multidigit numbers.
Modeling Division with Cuisenaire Rods
(Implementation Course)
Learn about how you can use Cuisenaire rods to help your students explore division concepts and strategies from basic facts to multidigit numbers.
Number Sense Scope & Sequence
(Procedural/Conceptual PreK2 Course)
How should standards in your grade level be grouped and organized throughout the year? How does number sense help you meet those standards? This scope & sequence gives you ONE suggested progression that you can use to help guide your instruction in grades PreK through 2.
Managing the Sharing of Strategies/Representations
(Implementation Course)
Allowing kids to solve problems in whatever way they want is essential….but when letting them share all those ways can be overwhelming and feel like a waste of time. This video shows how to use the ideas of the 5 Practices book to manage the sharing of different strategies and representations.
Resources added this month
➾ Birds Worms and Apples – Fractions Game – Introduce your students to one of the most addicting games ever – Birds and Worms! You can choose between the card version or the dice version. Students accumulate points by making apples while dealing with the pesky worms who eat the apples. Luckily, there are some birds as well who like to eat the worms! This resource is located here.
➾ Birds Worms and Apples – Make 10 – Introduce your students to one of the most addicting games ever – Birds and Worms! You can choose between the card version or the dice version. Students accumulate points by making apples while dealing with the pesky worms who eat the apples. Luckily, there are some birds as well who like to eat the worms! This resource is located here.
➾ Multiplication and Division Word Problem Assessment – Word problems have traditionally been among the most difficult situations to help students navigate. This assessment will assist educators in determining which multiplication & division problem types are causing their students the most difficulty so that they can plan their instructional response. This resource now accompanies the Multiplication & Division CGI Problem Types video.
➾ Math Games and Resources for Parents – Here is a list of games, resources, and websites geared towards helping parents engage in positive math experiences with their children as suggested by members of the Build Math Minds Facebook group. The resource is located here.
Number Lines Across the Grades
(Understanding Connections Course)
Sometimes it hard to know if THIS model or THAT model are worth the time it takes to help students understand how to use it. The number line is one of those that is definitely worth it. In this video I’ll show how the number line (and number path) gets used throughout all of elementary.
Cuisenaire Rods in PreK2
(Implementation Course)
Learn how to use Cuisenaire Rods in PreK2 to help build your students’ math minds.
Webinars
(Archive: Webinars Area)
This month two webinars were added into the BMM Members Area: Super Easy Ways to Get Your Students Fluent with Addition and Super Easy Ways to Get Your Students Fluent with Multiplication
Resources added this month
➾ Multiplication & Division Model Matching Activity This activity is designed to be used with students as well as educators learning about the various word problem types that involve multiplication and division. Based on the work of Thomas Carpenter et al. in their book Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction on various problem types, there is one word problem for each type and with the unknown in each position. This resource now accompanies the Multiplication & Division CGI Problem Types video.
➾ Addition and Subtraction Word Problem Assessment Word problems have traditionally been among the most difficult situations to help students navigate. This assessment will assist educators in determining which problem types are causing their students the most difficulty so that they can plan their instructional response. This resource now accompanies the Addition & Subtraction CGI Problem Types video.
➾ Math Websites Aligned to Standards – One of the most frequent questions asked within the Build Math Minds Facebook group is wondering what are the best websites that provide students practice that is aligned with the CCSS. This cheat sheet is a description as well as summary of the comments shared by Build Math Mind members for the websites mentioned the most. This is NOT an endorsement of the sites, but instead a summary of the comments people made about these sites.
Classifying Quadrilaterals
(Procedural/Conceptual 35 Course)
In this video you will learn the progression of standards that lead up to children being able to classify quadrilaterals as well as how to help children classify quadrilaterals.
Spatial Sense
(Procedural/Conceptual PreK2 Course)
This video gives you insight into what is Spatial Sense and how it links to future mathematical success.
New!!! Resources Page
One thing I’ve been wanting to include is a page of resources to help you implement all that you are learning. We are adding in lots of resources I already have, but each month we will be creating new resources to help you implement the ideas in videos. This page is not complete, we only have the Freebies off my site in there now, so watch as it will be updated.
Resources added this month
➾ Multiplication & Division Word Problem Sort – This activity is designed to be used with educators (NOT students) as they build their math minds to become familiar with all the various word problem types that involve multiplication and division. This resource now accompanies the Multiplication & Division CGI Problem Types video.
➾ Addition & Subtraction Word Problem Sort – This activity is designed to be used with educators (NOT students) as they build their math minds to become familiar with all the various word problem types that involve addition & subtraction. This resource now accompanies the Addition & Subtraction CGI Problem Types video.
➾ Addition & Subtraction Model Matching Activity This activity is designed to be used with students as well as educators learning about the various word problem types that involve addition and subtraction. Based on the work of Thomas Carpenter et al. in their book Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction on various problem types, there is one word problem for each type and with the unknown in each position. This resource now accompanies the Addition & Subtraction CGI Problem Types video.
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