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Finding Greatest Common Factor by Prime Factorization

We received a question regarding the 2nd method of finding Greatest Common Factor by Prime Factorization in the Math In Focus Grade 4 materials. This example is from Math In Focus workbook 4A page 23, The “Method 2” mentioned above uses prime factorization as a procedure to find the GCF between two numbers. Procedure In each …

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Addition and Subtraction for Numbers to 1000

Math Strategies for Teaching Addition and Subtraction – Part 4: Numbers to 1000

Once students learn the foundation for adding and subtracting up to 100, extending to 1000 and beyond is more straightforward than the previous two progressions, i.e. from numbers within 10 to numbers within 20, and to numbers within 100. However, there are still a few new pitfalls and common challenges when first trying to teach addition and subtraction beyond the hundreds. Here we discuss some of our observations and suggestions about how to overcome the challenges faced by teachers and students.

Singapore Strategies for Teaching Addition and Subtraction – Part 2: Numbers to 20

Addition and Subtraction to 20 is an unique milestone because it is the first time kids are exposed to concepts like place value and regroup. Many rely on counting for addition and subtraction within 20; while this is perfectly fine for young learners, they should also be exposed to concepts like making ten, decomposing ten and derived facts. This would go a long way in building a strong foundation in number sense.

Subtraction Within 20 – The Cost of Working Memory

Part of our role as educators is to continually reflect on the teaching methods and evolve them as we adjust to students’ learning. One such adjustment came about from teaching our first graders addition and subtraction for numbers within 20. Specifically, the problem of subtraction with regrouping was a major hurdle the kids had to get through. Let us look at some examples from the textbooks and workbooks, and why we decide to tweak the method for our classes.

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