## This Tool Will Accelerate Your Students’ Understanding of Fractions

Just because students recognize a fraction model doesn’t mean they can reason about the size of the fractions in comparison to other fractions.  This number line helps alleviate some of that difficulty for students.  You can proudly display this in your classroom on the wall as a year-long reference tool.  The number line stretches to about 10 feet long and is spaced by increments of twenty-fourths.

If you don’t want to introduce your students to twenty fourths yet, you can  use the included blank fraction cards to cover up these increments.

Fractions to show equivalence are also included.  Students can see how the blue portion of the square is the same size as the equivalent fraction above it.   You could play a whole class matching game in which you have students place their equivalent fraction underneath the fraction on the number line.

In case students have a hard time visualizing the space being the same size a variety of fraction cards are provided in which the rectangles are in different directions.  For example, see below.

Because this number line prints on 8.5 x 11 card stock there is some assembly required.  I assembled this one in less than 30 minutes. Cutting out the additional cards can be done as needed and is not necessary at first.

## Could You Be Hurting Your Students by Using This?

Recently, I started doing math intervention with a small group of students.  I noticed when given a mat similar to the one above that the students didn’t really understand all of the wording beneath the boxes.  They heard the word thousand and they were completely confused.  This caused them to begin looking for the thousands box when hearing a number called out orally.  I also had students holding the mat vertically and writing the numbers vertically.  For this lower group of students, I finally just pulled out the white boards and had them begin writing numbers by filling in blanks such as this…

_____,  _____  _____  _____,  _____  _____  _____

This worked out better with much less confusion after I explained how when coming to a comma that you say the name of the period such as thousands or millions.  Show students how to cover up everything on the outside of the comma and just say the three digit numbers.  This will give students a starting point.  Most students can say three digit numbers in third grade and beyond.  If you teach kids that there is a pattern to being able to say numbers, they will feel so empowered.

In case you are having difficulties with this in your classroom, this product below may be just what you are looking for!  It completely explains how to verbalize large numbers with great ideas for anchor charts like below.

## How to Set Up an IKnowIt Account (free)!

Guess what?!  Have you heard about this great new math website?!  There are math lessons set up for kindergarten through 5th grade.  Students are given a score for problems they get right so that you could potentially use this for a quick grade. Winning!  Right now you can set up an account for your class absolutely free–until August 2018 that is!  In the following video, I show you how to set up your free account and how to assign lessons to your students.

Sad but true…Most kids start out struggling with fractions.  In real life, we don’t count by fractions and fractions are smaller than our normal counting numbers.  Sometimes students get the “top number” and “bottom number” confused.  The computer makes fractions with a slash, and teachers tell students to write fractions with a straight line and not a slanted line.  There is so much to stumble over as a student!

Could making fractions a part of your daily routine actually help students have a better conceptual understanding?!  But of course, darling (with godfather accent)!  I mean, after all, when teaching kids to count, we count over and over again EVERY DAY in kindergarten.  Students count by 2’s, by 5’s, by 10’s etc. and that is how we teach them to develop number sense.  We somehow lose this idea when it comes to fractions.  What if we actually gave the same tenacity to counting with fractions?

I am going to show you the tool to use to be able to support your students through scaffolded understanding of counting with fractions.  Behold!  Fill in Fraction Number Charts! 😉

Students have the opportunity to count by ½, ⅓ , ¼, 1/5, 1/6, ⅛, 1/10, 1/12, and 1/100. There are a variety of number charts included so that students can start out finding patterns when counting by a unit fraction.  Then there are three levels of charts when counting by each fraction.  Each chart level gets increasingly more difficult as it scaffolds learning.  This could also provide differentiated practice for your learners.  When students become comfortable counting by unit fractions, they can then try the three levels of simplified charts if the unit fractions can be simplified.  Then after daily practice, ta-daaaaaa, better fraction understanding!

Oh, my gosh!  What a great idea for morning work!  Great way to start the day!

I’ll be back in a few days to show you a special fraction freebie I have in store for you!

## Have You Ever Needed a Number Line That Counts Past 1,000?

By request I made this number line which counts from 900 to 1,200 to hang on your classroom wall.  This number line spans almost 11 feet.  There are matching base ten blocks for every increment of 25, but the number line has lines for every increment of one.  This is a great visual tool for those students who struggle to comprehend the transition between hundreds and thousands.  You can see this tool pictured below.  Stop by my TPT store to pick one up.

There are certain skills that if not learned early in math will be a detriment throughout a student’s entire math career.  Learning to add ten or subtract ten is one of these skills. In later elementary grades, if the simplistic skill of adding and subtracting ten is not learned students will struggle with other math concepts.

For these reasons, I believe that is why this product is one of the best sellers in my shop.  The skill of adding or subtracting ten is visually taught through patterns on the hundreds chart.  I have newly revised this product to include answer keys, new borders, and new fonts.  If you are looking for a product to teach your students to add or subtract ten— a skill they will need for their entire school career, look no further.

A Discovering Patterns worksheet with the hundreds chart and Mental Math Fluency Check are included in this packet for each of the following:
*Adding 10 to a One-Digit Number
*Adding 10 to Multiples of 10
*Subtracting 10 from Multiples of 10
*Subtracting 10 within 100
*Adding Multiples of 10 within 100
*Subtracting Multiples of 10 within 100

## Dress Up Your Number Line

Folks, are you feeling the need to dress up your number line, well, look no further!  Originally, I made these word cards and expanded form cards in black with white lettering to match the classroom wall number line with base ten blocks.  But by popular request, you can now get them with a white background and black lettering.  What does this mean to you?  The beauty of using these cards is that you can #1 SAVE INK and #2 USE WHATEVER BACKGROUND COLOR YOU WANT.  You are only limited by your colored paper!  I hope you can find a use for these on your classroom wall number line.  Here are the new versions on these products pictured below.

## Use This to Help Teach Expanded Form

I know at this point in the year many of you have already taught expanded form. How do you get your students to maintain their understanding of expanded form?  You could leave a reminder up all year long which doesn’t take up much space.  Use your classroom number line, and add these special signs to your number line. Ta-da!  This is even better than an anchor chart!  You can choose from space saving triangular ones…

or longer ones so that the numbers are easier to see from a distance.

If you hang your number line low enough students can help add the cards to the number line, and you can print the signs on card stock.  This way students can easily attach and reattach them with velcro onto the number line (great for long term use).  Tape works fine too!

You can use your own store bought number line, or you may enjoy using this number line especially  created  for use with these signs that includes base ten blocks already attached like shown in the instructions above.

You can go here if you are interested in purchasing this product.

Happy counting!

## Do You Have Problems with Your Students Misspelling Number Words? Try This!

“Miss _______ (insert your name here), how do you spell ________(insert your number word of choice here)?”   I always have students ask how to spell different number words, only to tell students, “The best way you can.”  Now you will never have to tell students again how to spell number words.  Simply point to your number line.  You can now have access to word cards for you number line right here:

There are smaller triangular size cards to save space.  There are also larger/longer cards that can be seen more easily from a distance.

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Tell everyone you know about this great new free animated website iknowit.com that helps elementary kids practice math skills by playing games.  This site will remain FREE for at least the next year while improvements and more lessons are added.  Iknowit was built by the makers of Super Teacher Worksheets and Modern Chalkboard, a SMART board lesson site.

The lessons give children immediate feedback so that they know if they have answered each question correctly or incorrectly.  There are drill lessons for basic math facts–addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  These lessons are timed.   Then there are lessons based on progress in which students answer a certain amount of questions.  Right now the lesson topics include addition, multiplication, division, time, money, fractions, and there are many more to come!

In the future as a teacher, you can log in and set up a class roster.  You will be able to assign lessons, monitor student scores, and track their progress.  You will also be able to adjust the number of hints children are allowed to have on each problem.  Teachers will be able to set the amount of time students practice drills and set the number of questions a student must answer for a lesson.

Because this small business was set up by teachers, they value teacher’s and student’s constructive feedback as they venture forward with improvements to this site.  You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to give your input.  Just imagine a website built with your feedback in mind