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Multiplication facts

Are you students struggling with Multiplication facts?

Very often, we see students struggling with multiplication facts, and this extends to multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions and later Algebra. How do we support these students? Here are some suggestions. Concrete – Pictorial – Abstract (Bruner, 1960) Jerome Bruner stressed that learning is an active process and for students to acquire full conceptual understanding, …

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Are your students struggling with Fractions?

Grade 2 Subtracting Like Fractions Subtracting Fractions is easy! “To subtract fractions with the same denominator, keep the denominator the same and just subtract the numerators.” This example is taken from a worksheet that we came across recently. After explaining the procedures, the worksheet moves on to 20 similar “skills and drills” exercises where students …

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Using Money to Teach Subtraction with Regroup

We all want our early learners to have a strong number sense and understanding of place value. However, once standard vertical computational algorithms are introduced, students tend to prefer to jump straight into computing rather than rely on their own number sense. Using money to teach subtraction with regroup is a great strategy to use …

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Introducing Logic Reasoning with Mas

Introducing Logic Reasoning in the Topic of Mass

The topic of Mass in 2nd grade is a good opportunity to introduce logic reasoning. Take the following example. Here, students are required to place the vegetables on a relative line, given their pair-wise weight comparisons. This requires the students to reason logically and derive a conclusion based on separate pieces of information (data processing). …

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