Intro to Ratio Tables

If you find this helpful, maybe consider making a small donation to help build an accessible playscape for children with disabilities. To introduce ratio tables, I draw upon a relevant prior knowledge for a child. Food, especially pizza is a go to context for me. Use a CRA approach by using manipulatives (concrete), pictures (representational),… Continue reading Intro to Ratio Tables

Dividing a Binomial

If you have taught algebra, you have likely experienced this error. We know many students will make this type of error and we can help many students avoid it by being proactive. Below are excerpts from a Google Jamboard that can be used to unpack the underlying concept of the division or simplifying shown above.… Continue reading Dividing a Binomial

Grumpy Cat Multiplication

If you find this helpful, maybe consider making a small donation to help build an accessible playscape for children with disabilities. Here is a CRA approach to multiplication that can be individualized. I created this one for a student who loves cats. Here is a link to the Jamboard. You make a copy by clicking… Continue reading Grumpy Cat Multiplication

Introduction to Adding Integers

Operations on integers and integers in general is challenging for many students. Negative numbers are abstract. Whole numbers and fractions can be represented with images. The activity presented draws upon student prior knowledge of thumbs up and down in a vote to make negative more accessible. The following images are from a Jamboard. Here are… Continue reading Introduction to Adding Integers

Counting Money – Jamboard

If you have a student who is learning to count money, here is a virtual set up to do so. I suggest having the student do a test run by moving coins into a box and bills into a box. It is easy to duplicate each item by clicking on the item to duplicate it.… Continue reading Counting Money – Jamboard

Instructional Strategies

Click on a topic to see related blog posts. Color Coding Meaning Making allows information to be processed and there for retrieved more effectively. This can be accomplished by activating prior knowledge or making information relevant. CRA is a process of presenting information first though concrete representations, then visually, and finally the symbolic or abstract… Continue reading Instructional Strategies

Exponent Rules with Jamboard

The Product and Quotient Rules are challenging largely because there are few ways to present them in an accessible format. This post outlines an approach using manipulatives on a Google Jamboard. Jamboard The Jamboard activity involves using moveable variables as manipulatives to provide a hands on approach to learning the rules. The first slide presents… Continue reading Exponent Rules with Jamboard

Introduction to Volume – Manipulatives (starting with perimeter and area)

Here is a Jamboard to introduce volume and units of volume. (See photo at very bottom for making a copy to edit.) The students start with building an animal pen and shading in the space inside. The hands on approach and connection to prior knowledge of a fenced in area for animals sets the stage… Continue reading Introduction to Volume – Manipulatives (starting with perimeter and area)

Introduction to Absolute Value – Distance from Home

Here is a Jamboard to introduce the concept of absolute value (make a copy and you can edit – see photo at bottom of this post). Start with prior knowledge of how many houses a child is from home. Emphasize that the number of houses is positive. Change the setting from a row of houses… Continue reading Introduction to Absolute Value – Distance from Home

Multi-step Word Problems – Create Groups of Items

Here is a Google Slides file as a follow up to the Multiplication Word Problems Matching and Creating Groups post. Each slide has a multi-step word problem (multiplication and either addition or subtraction) that continues the use of the grouping approach. The boxes (for groups) and dots (for items) and dynamic and can be copied… Continue reading Multi-step Word Problems – Create Groups of Items