Bridges Blog Archive for Fact Fluency

Mastering the Skills of Estimation

Children need lots of practice, with various activities in different settings, to develop a strong sense of number. I like to introduce a fun activity, Estimation Bag. I place a small plastic container inside a canvas bag, and a student adds a single type of object: paperclips, pennies, barrettes, etc. We start with 10 or fewer and increase the quantity to between 10 and 20 after a month or so.

When the Girls Get Loud

When the Girls Get LoudWhen I reflect on the overall pattern of my math lessons, I notice that instruction happens through my interaction with individuals and small groups, as well as through whole group presentations and accompanying class discussion. Knowing that, I worry that some students may be demanding and receiving more of my attention than others.

Anchor Chart Assessment

Teacher Question: I’m not sure whether my students really understand the models and strategies that we’ve been talking about this year. Do you have any ideas about how we might assess them?

Fact Strategy Posters

The Math Learning Center has created 4 sets of free, downloadable posters describing strategies—1 set each for basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

How Do I Meet All Those Needs?

If you’re like me, you constantly question how to meet all the needs within your fourth grade classroom.

Fluency: Accurate, Efficient & FLEXIBLE Thinking

As a math coach, few things excite me more than seeing children develop mathematical fluency: efficient, accurate, and flexible ways of learning.

Daily Prime and Composite Practice

Daily Prime and Composite PracticeBridges Grade 4 covers prime and composite numbers and finding factors. When students have the ability to find factors quickly, it helps them use the associative property with more ease and success. And finding factors is a great way to practice multiplication fact families.

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