Great Resources for Digital Math Centers

Posted on April 9, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Elementary math, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |

Here is a resource that you can use to get good sites for the computer math center!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Free Digital Fraction Math Tools to teach Math Common Core!

Posted on July 31, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This is a great FREE resource for digital fraction math tools.  Fractions is a difficult concept according to all the research.  In the new math common core it has its own domain starting in 3rd grade.  Students are expected to illustrate visual representations of fraction concepts.  These tools help them to do just that!


Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Sesame Street Math Games: Great for Math Centers

Posted on April 3, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math Centers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , |

Here are 5  great Sesame Street math games!

Pattern Game  

Counting Game

Measure that Animal


Mixed Skills (Counting and Measurement)

Go here (Numbers and Counting Games) to find more Sesame Math Fun!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Place Value Games: Math Centers and Guided Math Group Activities

Posted on February 16, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math Centers, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , , |

10 More  Great Place Value Games: (This is fun! Don’t lose your boat!) (target number game) (place value and rounding games) (rounding game) (a variety of skills) (scroll down to see the place value games) (bbc rounding game) (place value jeopardy) (great multiplication game based in place value)

(Be sure to search other place value posts in this blog!)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math News from ISTE: Great Minilessons and Center Activities

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: Math Centers | Tags: |

Hey everyone!  I am at the ISTE’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado (International Society for Technology in Education).  I went to some great sessions today.  Three important websites I’d like to share:

1. Brainpop – I went to a research session on the effectiveness of Brainpop in improving students’ academic achievement.  The research looks promising and shows  statistically significant achievement in the students that used Brainpop as a supplement to their learning.  I have seen the math Brainpop videos used effectively in some classrooms.  The videos are engaging, filled with rich content and student centered.  Some of it is free.  For most of it, you have to have a subscription.  It helps make math content more accessible through funny cartoons about various math topics.  and and

2.  Harvey’s Homepage (Only for folks with Smartboards)- I went to a great session with this guy who does some amazing things with math and smartboards.  If you have smartboards his stuff is definitely worth looking at.  It is all free and downloadable…a lot of great stuff for elementary grades… he also sells a thumbdrive with everything in one place for a bargain.  Check his stuff out at and 

 3.  Create a Graph -This is a site by the National Center for Education Statistics ( It is a website to help children understand, read and create different types of graphs and charts. 

Stay tuned for more great websites!

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Guided Math Lessons Using Tens Frames

Posted on January 30, 2010. Filed under: Differentiated Instruction, Graphic Organizers, Guided math | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Tens frames are a great tool for teaching guided math lessons.  The ten-frame provides a spatial representation that supports children’s visual understanding of  “five-referenced, ten-referenced, and doubles-referenced conceptions of numbers up to ten and the development of mental imagery for such numbers. It also supports development of partitions of ten.

Teachers should start off by using 5 frames to make sure that students learn the complements of 5. Then they can move on to using 10 frames.  These frames can be used to teach students at the concrete, pictorial and abstract level.  Use two color markers (if you don’t have these then just spray paint some lima beans so they are two-colored). See the ideas and links below for resources.  

Concrete Level Activities:  

1.  The markers are tossed and then placed on the board.  The children add up how many are red and how many are white.  They do this several times, noticing the different ways to name 10.

Ten Frame Board:

2.  A number is generated with dice, dominos or cards and then the children place that many markers on the board.  They have to tell how many more they would need to get to 10.

Pictorial Level

1.  The children actually play the above games, but color in where the markers would go.

2.  The children play games with ten frame flash cards.  This is a great way to illustrate FACT Families.  They get to SEE the FACT FAMILY in this way.

Abstract Level

1.  At the abstract level, students are bringing together their understandings and actually working with the numbers by writing out the number sentences.  At this level I have students make a book and write the number sentence under each representation.

2.  I also have the children match the picture of the ten frame with the correct number sentence.            

3.  Here are free downloadable worksheets using 10 frames for problem solving.       


Use these to teach complements of 20.  Also use these to teach doubles and double +1 facts.  So for instance, you have the students illustrate 3 +4 so that they can see this is a doubles +1 fact… have them do the +1 in a different color so it stands out.  You would illustrate this at the concrete level and then carry it over to a pictorial level by drawing it and finally by having the children find all the double +1 facts in a stack of flash cards.  You want them to easily recognize doubles +1 facts because it helps with their automaticity.  You can definitely lay the foundation by illustrating and practicing with the tens frames.  Great activity and song for teaching compensation with 9’s using a tens frame

More Ideas and Games:

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Math Centers at the Computer Station

Posted on January 18, 2010. Filed under: Math Centers | Tags: , , |

There are many types of math centers in the classroom.  The computer station is an important one because it allows students to work individually or in pairs.  It taps into a variety of intelligences, including visual spatial, bodily-kinesthetic and often logical mathematical.  Here are some great places to start:

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