Children can more easily solve subtraction problems if they imagine a context for the problems in question. Helping students understand math beyond an algorithm that must be memorized opens up their imagination to the world of living mathematics.
There are many ways to teach subtraction to young elementary students that do not require the memorization of an algorithm. This example uses a strategy of breaking the math problem down in ways students can more easily grasp, based on the fundamentals they already know.
This article reviews a subtraction strategy that provides children with an understanding of basic approaches to calculating subtraction problems by using what they already feel comfortable doing — addition.
This activity helps children realize that in order to fulfill their dreams, they must set goals and have self-discipline to achieve those goals, and thus, their dreams. I use this lesson plan in the fifth grade, however, it can easily be adapted for third or fourth grade students as well.
This is a lesson plan teachers can use to help develop self-esteem within their classroom communities. In addition to reading and discussing the book, the students will create posters that can then be displayed.
This is a simple yet effective lesson designed to enhance the cooperative/teamwork skills among intermediate level students on the higher elementary grades. It’s easy and fun, the students really enjoy it, and the entire class will
This lesson plan builds on the concept of a strong student-centered community in the classroom. It is designed to build cooperation and teamwork among students by using a shared experience from which they have a written conversation.
This is a lesson that explains how to initiate interest in a self-guided project related to a unit on ecosystems. By allowing children to discuss and select their own organisms and decide on a type of project you can make sure they are more invested than they would be if you chose something.
Once you’ve decided you want to establish book clubs in your elementary classroom, you next need to use whole group book study to model various reading responses. This prepares your students to take on the responsibility of appropriately managing smaller book groups based on reading interests.
This heartfelt book by the author of Sarah Plain and Tall is a good story for a classroom read aloud or for book group studies. Here we discuss the relative merits of the book, how it helps teach about mortality and the impact such tragedy has on people’s lives.