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The Building Blocks of Number Sense

Number sense plays an essential role in helping students to develop mathematical understanding.


I've been doing a lot of thinking about math in my classroom. More specifically, how it's going,

what our math routines are, and how they can be improved. As teachers, we spend a lot of time

reflecting on our teaching practice, so today I want to share with you some of my thoughts on 

building number sense in the primary classroom.


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The foundation of math is having a true understanding of the relationship between numbers.

This is what we call number sense, not to be confused with number fluency, (though number fluency

can be built while building number sense).  However, it's much more complicated than its name

suggests.


What Is Number Sense?

When a student has number sense, they understand what numbers are and the relationships

between numbers, which means that they have sense of what the numbers actually mean.

They are able to understand and manipulate quantities, comprehend concepts such as more

or less, larger or smaller and they can compose and decompose numbers.  They can compare

numbers, perform mental math and can use numbers in real-world situations. When they are

confronted with numerical situations, they use their skills to solve for what they don't know.

Number sense plays an essential role in helping students to develop mathematical understanding.

Story Task Cards for Read Alouds


Good readers ask questions before, during and after the story. These story task cards can help make it easy to do!


Hey guys and dolls, today I'm here to quickly chat with you about questioning your students in the

classroom, especially during read aloud time.


I know how chopped up our school day can get, and sometimes we just need a quick routine to make

the most of our day. Sometimes we have special questions for certain books, especially when there is

a specific comprehension skill that you would like to teach. But on the days where you want to read

some fun read alouds, you can also step up your questioning.


Whenever I pick a story to read aloud, I always discuss with my students how good readers ask

questions before, during, and after reading. And then I pick when we are going to ask questions

about our story.

Good readers ask questions before, during and after the story. These story task cards can help make it easy to do!

Having these questions on a handy dandy ring, allows me to keep them close by. It's also great

to leave behind for a sub. I also have a set of story task cards that I leave in my reading center with

my students. There is a version for our readers, and there is also a picture version for our babies

who are just starting out!


You can grab these for free right here!



Good readers ask questions before, during and after the story. These story task cards can help make it easy to do!







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Spider Activities

Spider craft and activities for the primary classroom that are easy to prep and implement!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? Oh you know, just getting ready for my favorite time of year,

FALL!!!! From the weather, pumpkin spice everything, cooler weather, the beautiful colors of the fall

leaves, you name it, I love it! Autumn also brings with it some of my favorite units to teach as

well. Today I want to talk everything spiders with you! I have searched high and low for the best

spider activities, and they're all here in this post! Oh, and did I mention that they are easy peasy to

do? Who wants to prep all week for a unit? Ain't nobody got time for that!

Classroom Safety Drills


Classroom safety drills and procedures are important skills to practice during the first few weeks of school. This pack contains easy to implement activities and read alouds to make it so much easier!


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? Today I would like to discuss classroom safety drills and

procedures. It's something that we all have to teach and practice with our kiddos.  As I was thinking

of what I want to cover the first few days of school, I realized that I never really teach safety drills

the same way. I just kind of go over it, we practice it, and BOOM!! Done!


I want to be more intentional on teaching the drills, because it really is a big deal. Five years ago

my school was hit by a tornado, and I'm so glad to say it was early in the morning before anyone

had arrived on campus. So, Classroom Safety Drills was born! This allows me to be able to

have easy to implement lessons to explicitly teach all of the drills.


6 of the Best Fine Motor Activities

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? I'm just sitting around thinking about beginning of the year

skills that are always beneficial to focus on, and that got me to thinking about fine motor skills and

how they are necessary in the classroom. Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning

that is often overlooked.


So, what are fine motor skills? Fine motor skills are when the small muscles of the hands, wrists and

fingers coordinate together in conjunction with the eyes. It affects the ability of your students to

write, color, cut, snap, button, buckle, zip, tie shoes, and the list could go on and on!


So today I'm here to share with you guys some fine motor activities that are easy to prep, simple

to implement in your classroom, and cheap to boot.