You know, some people holiday over the summer. Me, I seem to write teacher resources. :o)
I am very pleased to announce the release of my newest resource called Mastering the Facts – Subtraction: Lessons for Making Sense of Subtraction for grades 1 to 3. This teacher book includes 17 complete lessons aimed at supporting primary aged students in mastering the subtraction facts to 20. Each strategy-based lesson features:
- a 3-part direct instruction lesson
- a task for guided practice
- games and worksheets for independent practice
- open-ended story problems
- targeted fluency building opportunities
- an assessment task customized to match the facts learned
All the lines masters for games, written practice, flash cards, teacher materials and other instructional support are included in this 185 page resource. Organized by strategy, these lessons are designed to promote mastery of the facts, not just memorization! Teacher tips for using and organizing manipulatives, for supporting students who struggle and for working in a combined grades setting are also included.
Matched to the WNCP and BC math curricula, this book is designed for classroom teachers of grades 1 to 3 and primary resource teachers. Select lessons are suitable for kindergarten students as well.
Cost for the resource is $40 plus shipping.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a copy, click here to order online.
Thanks for your ongoing support. I hope the book proves helpful.
PS – Please click below to download select colour line masters drawn from the resource. All other line masters are included and are to be copied onto black and white, but these ones deserved a little colour…!
One of my all time favourite stories for introducing division is “Bean Thirteen” by Matthew McElligott. He is a mathematically clever author whose stories play with important concepts in accessible ways. “Bean Thirteen” is a story about 2 crickets who gather beans to eat, but find that, no matter how they share them, or with how many friends, there is always one left over! The story makes an excellent read aloud, and the pictures are worth sharing with students of all ages. I ask that learners copy the pictures on key pages, then record what a mathematician would write for that particular image. It inspires interesting conversations about doubles, groups of and division with remainders…
The next post contains some of the key images from the book so you can project them for your students to view and discuss.
Don’t forget to play “The Game of Remainders” as follow up! Rules can be found by clicking here:
PS – For another, more advanced look at division and sharing, consider “The Lion’s Share”, also by Matthew McElligott. In it, creatures share a single cake into increasingly small fractional pieces… Smart – and visually appealing for kids looking to truly understand multiplication by fractions!
I am very proud to announce the publication of two teacher resources called Mastering the Facts – Addition and Mastering the Facts – Multiplication. Created in collaboration with the Campbell River School district, these resources combine my work with the work of teacher leaders in elementary schools in Campbell River. We wanted to put together a set of lessons that could be used in classrooms across the province to help students truly master – and not just memorize – their basic facts.
Each book includes a set of lessons describing each of the facts, both addition and multiplication. Featuring strategies like “doubles”, “double doubles” and “bridging through tens”, the books make explicit connections to our WNCP curriculum and the mental math learning outcomes at each grade level. Each lesson features a direct instruction component and a “before-during-after” lesson frame. Guided practice, literature connections, real-world problems, independent practice (games) and fluency builders are also included. For each lesson, there is an assessment component to sort out what students know and can do. It evaluates in numbers, pictures, words, models and real-world problems the extent to which students have mastered the strategy – and also mastered the facts themselves. Games, line masters, literature links and assessment tools are included in the resource.
In addition to the teacher resources, a set of Addition Posters and Multiplication Posters are also available to describe – in pictures, and in students’ words – how each strategy is applied. There are 9 posters in the set, printed on 11″x17″ glossy bond paper.
Although the books and posters are being distributed through the Campbell River School District, I am available – and happy! – to do professional development with school staffs and resource teams around the materials. This might involve a series of sessions with time scheduled in between to apply and try the strategies, or an overview session to learn techniques and practice the games… Books for participants would be made available for the sessions so we could speak to the lessons explicitly.
I am very proud of these materials and of all the teachers who collaborated to produce them.