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Fun Activities for Teaching the Doubles Strategy

Mental math skills are integral to our daily lives and as such we should be teaching them to our students. Knowing their doubles facts is a key component in being able to use a variety of mental math strategies such as doubles plus or minus one, two, or three. If you have never used the doubles strategy before and aren't sure of how it can help students, consider this: "I know that 10 + 12 = 22, because I know that 10 + 10 = 20 so I just add on 2 more".  Before children can learn the doubles mental math strategies, however, they need to master their doubles facts. Read on for some fun activities for teaching the doubles facts and mental math strategies.

Morning Work Made Easy!

If you were a fly on the wall in my classroom, you would see that I like routine and structure. This isn't to say that I don't do things on the fly (had to throw that in there! )....but there are very clear routines and structure to my day.

One of my favorite routines is starting the day with morning work. I get a lot of questions about how I do this. Specifically, how I mark it or take it up. The truth is, I don't really mark it. Read on to learn about how I use morning work to start our day off right!

20 Activities To Do With Reading Buddies or Big/Little Buddy Time

At my school we call them learning buddies but you might know them as reading buddies or big buddies/little buddies. Whatever you call them, some times it's hard to think of activities to do with them. I often found myself planning things on the fly so I decided to compile a list of activities that could be done with our buddies. Some require more planning than others or prep time before the buddies get together, and some are low prep activities.
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