Bridges Blog Archive for January 2014

Creative Resources Explore the Coordinate Plane

Fifth grade Common Core State Standards asks students to "Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems." [CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2] With a large number of resources available to creatively explore the coordinate plane, you'll have no problem finding some ideas to add to student und

Penguin App Addition & Subtraction

First grade teachers preparing for Unit 4 may want to investigate an online app in which animated penguins demonstrate addition and subtraction facts to twenty.

The app, one of fifteen interactive math teaching resources on Visnos, connects the visual model of the penguins with the number fact or equation.







Making the Most of Mistakes

Trevor entered my 5th grade math class this year feeling less than confident about his math skills. His mom told me that they reached a block last year when he tried--and failed--to memorize multiplication facts. Down on himself, his mom finally told me that he said he was stupid at math.

How Does CCSS Change the Way We Teach?

In Kappan Magazine (Oct. 2013), Professor Valerie Faulkner explains "Why the Common Core Changes Math Instruction." Her detailed list proposes how many old math teaching habits must be replaced by new ones. Here are two examples from her list of 14: