## How can I charts…

I saw this “How can I chart” on Pinterest. I like the structure. I think it would be great to make a series of math anchor charts about “How can I…” such as “How can I add two digit numbers?” “How can I multiply a fraction by a whole number?” “How can I add single digit numbers quickly?”

Then, the chart lists several different ways to do it…going through the cycle of engagement: concrete ways, pictorial ways and abstract ways.

Then, you should definitely take pictures of these charts and have the students put the copies in their thinking notebooks or store the charts somewhere where they are accessible…or put them in a photo album that is labeled so students can use it as a reference when needed….or have the students copy the charts into their thinking notebooks…

The big point here is that charts should be a tool that is used throughout the year, not just for a moment!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Math Strategy Resources

Here are two great math strategy posters!

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## Best Math Posters Ever!

Eureka! I have found math gold!!! This is a whole website of fabulous, standards-based, free math posters! It gives you a jumpstart on hanging up those math posters! Look around your room. What is the ratio of math posters to literacy posters presently? What message does this send to your students? Does your room environment reflect a balanced commitment to teaching literacy **and** math?

Math research has always stated that students should know and use a variety of strategies based in place value. Now, the Common Core emphasizes that **students should know and use strategies**. You want **students to be flexible with numbers**. You want them to **be able to talk about the relationship among number**s. When they solve problems, **ask** them **what strategy** they used.

***They have one poster at the bottom of the page where they divide by zero. But, we all know that that is undefined so I wouldn’t use that poster!**

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## More math strategy posters!

Here are some more terrific math strategy posters by Amy Lemons from Step into Second grade! Thanks Amy for such great, colorful, standards-based posters! YAHOO!

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