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In our Advanced Exercises Series we share exercises with non-standard solutions which we’ve stumbled upon while doing our work. You may find some of them useful for challenging the advanced students in your class (or the whole class at some point!).

For this post we decided to talk about the exercises on column addition.

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# Math with #numberschat

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## Helping Non-Readers to Excel in Numeracy through Technology

Difficulty in reading can spill over into other subjects, affecting student performance. Our mission is to make math accessible and enjoyable for all students, while helping teachers run effective, independent centers. For some time now, Happy Numbers has been working to add auditory directions to our online math exercises. This new sound feature allows students to click on the directions within any exercise to hear them read aloud. Now, your primary students can strengthen their math skills without being hindered by reading ability!
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## Counting by Tens to Build Number Sense

How can you help your primary students make the leap from working with small numbers to becoming fluent with larger ones? One way they can start thinking in larger ‘chunks’ is by counting by tens. More than just an oral exercise, counting by tens is an essential skill that builds number sense, encourages thinking about number structures, and economizes counting and operations. Students with a strong conceptual understanding of round numbers, a ‘ten’, and ‘the tens place’ are better prepared to work with two-digit numbers and beyond. In this post, we will share the ideas behind our exercises in the topic Counting by Tens and some additional tips on reinforcing counting skills using Unifix cubes...
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## Math and Mystery Number Skypes

During the month of March many primary classes in my school are emphasizing whole number characteristics. Second grade was and continues to focus on place value, even/odd numbers and patterns.  Stu...
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## If You Want Your Kid to Be a Better Speller: A+ Spelling App

A+ Spelling is a free app that involves the students from start to finish in an iPad environment which helps them master spelling lists.
I had the opportunity to visit a first grade classroom and observe how one educator implemented this app with her students.
Her first step was to review the spelling list of words with her class...
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## 10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

The main goal of a flipped classroom is to enhance student learning and achievement by reversing the traditional model of a classroom, focusing class time on student understanding rather than on lecture...

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## Number Sense Step by Step: 22 Lessons for your Students

22 Animated activities to lead students through the basics of number sense and to help them take the first steps toward understanding addition and subtraction.

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## [Free for Limited Time] Targeting Maths Grade 2

If you are in the need of a nice math app tailored to review math topics typically found for grade 2 mathematics, download the app Targeting Maths 2 while it's free for a limited time. Regularly \$6.99.
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## Valuable Vocabulary: Tweeting A-Z

Each school day, students will work with a new letter of the alphabet. Pupils will brainstorm words that begin with the letter-of-the-day and a final word-of-the-day will be tweeted out. Words come from independent reading, curricular content, or our good friend, the dictionary

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## My Math Journals Video

Here is a video I created to show how I use Math Reflection Fans and DynaMath in my 5th grade math journals.

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## 6 Good iPad Apps for Learning Grammar

Talking about grammar instruction, I have done some researching and compiled for you this list which features some of the most popular grammar apps in the app store. Check them out below and share with us if you know others to add here.

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## ICT to support early years learning

Looking for ICT to support early years learning? Here are some of the best rated tools out there and some free resources for teachers...

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## Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype

Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week's article about Techbridge, the after-school
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## Will Studying Math Make You Richer?

A Fed study says yes. You should be smart enough to be skeptical—especially if you studied math. (Students who took advanced math in high school have higher wages and lower unemployment rates.
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## Going from Concrete to Visual Representation: Combinations to 10

Every year when I start things rolling in my third grade classroom, I am amazed at the levels of abilities of my students. There are always a handful of students who, for whatever reason, are lacking number sense in big ways. This handful of students typically struggles with making combinations to 10. So I do what any teacher would do best, I re-teach, and re-teach, and re-teach...
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## How to Teach Early Numeracy Using the Number Line

While cubes and other manipulatives support learning by representing numbers, the number line actually develops learning by giving students another look at number relationships...
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## Explain Your Thinking With Math Stations and the Explain Everything App

We are working very hard this year to make our thinking visible and to talk more about our math
strategies and how we arrive at an answer.  This has led me to create many stations that incorporate the Explain Everything App.  Students use this app to explain and show their thinking...

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## Best Math Apps Aligned to Common Core Standards

Here’s a list of some Math apps aligned to Common Core Standards that according to me are among the best available out there.
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## Nice Tip! Offer Immediate Feedback and Correction Opportunities

I realized several times this week the benefit to student learning by offering students the chance to correct their work immediately after it was passed in. As soon as students turned in their standards-based weekly check-in and I glanced over their math processing, I noticed some changes that students could probably make if they were given the opportunity. I simply circled the numbers of the ones that I wanted the students to check. In most cases, students were quickly able to identify their error and easily resolve it. To me, giving students that immediate feedback and the opportunity to "fix their work" is respectful, it creates more engagement and fosters a culture of genuine learning rather than one of gotchas!

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## Digital Drifting: Happy Numbers - Learn Addition or Subtraction Algorithms

Happy Numbers is a nice online site, iPad compatible, used to allow students practice opportunities towards mastering the traditional addition and subtraction algorithms.

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In our Advanced Exercises Series we share exercises with non-standard solutions which we’ve stumbled upon while doing our work. You may find some of them useful for challenging the advanced students in your class (or the whole class at some point!).

For this post we decided to talk about the exercises on column addition.

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## Programming with Hopscotch (year 6)

Hopscotch is a free iPad app which allows children to create their own games and animations with a simple programming language. Hopscotch works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re finished with a script, press play to see the code in action. More advanced users can add additional objects and use custom events, such as shaking and tilting the iPad, to run different parts of the code.

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## 8 Apps for Winter Reading

For families traveling this winter or teachers simply looking for an alternative to tablet games, there are lots of great apps for winter reading. Android devices, iPhones and iPads can be turned into ebook readers with a quick tap or swipe. Portable and kid-friendly, these interactive storybooks will support and engage young readers.

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My students learn from others on Twitter and share their learning with a broader community. Through whole-group Twitter activities (mirroring our iPads through Apple TV) and individual Twitter activities (tweeting independently using iPads), my students recognize that there are connections to be made beyond our Ontario classroom.

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## Math Games in the Classroom

This post relates to #MTBoS assignment four.  For this mission I decided to listen to one of the Global Math Department's webinars.  I came across GMD about a year ago and look back occasionally at...
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## If you could fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach the moon!

An article recently claimed that if you could fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach the moon. Real world math to engage students in discussion.
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