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Elementary Thoughts
A Collection of Gail's Responses

Gail Englert, a T2T Associate since 1998, has been a teacher for over thirty years. Currently she teaches 7th grade at Blair Middle School, in Norfolk, VA. This is a collection of her responses to questions in the Teacher2Teacher service from elementary and middle school teachers, parents, and students.

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[Addition]  [Classroom Management]  [Decimals]  [Division]  [Estimation]  [Fractions]  [General]  [Geometry]  [Manipulatives]  [Measurement]  [Multiplication]  [Numbers]  [Statistics]  [Subtraction]

Addition
Addition Error Pattern
What strategies can you suggest to help remediate this addition error pattern?

Addition of Two Digit Numbers
How can I help my nephew on two digit addition operations?
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Classroom Management
First Day of School
What do you do on the first day of school?

Fourth Grade Classroom Materials
What types of supplementary materials related to mathematics would you suggest having in a fourth grade classroom?

Math Classroom Structure
I would like to get some ideas of how to structure the daily math classroom for students of various abilities.

Math Homework
What purpose(s) does math homework achieve?

Setting up Math Groups
How do I set up math groups?

Why I Am a Teacher
Could you answer some questions about why you became a teacher?
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Decimals
Converting Whole Numbers and Decimals to Percents
What is the simplest way to teach a student how to convert whole numbers and decimals into percents?

Decimal Manipulatives
How would you teach multiplying decimals using only manipulatives?
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Division
Division
Please explain the partition method and the subtraction method in teaching division.
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Estimation
The Duck Story
How do I teach rounding to fourth graders who just don't seem to get it?

Estimation
What is the difference between methods for estimation?

Estimating Lesson
I am looking for help with teaching third graders about estimation.

Estimation: Compensation
Please give me some techniques for teaching specific estimation strategies.

Rounding Numbers to the Nearest Ten
What strategies can I use to help with rounding numbers to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred?
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Fractions
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
What is the best method of teaching how to rename fractions to have common denominators in order to add or subtract?

Basic Math Fractions
How do you teach fractions and division using manipulations?

Beginning Fractions
How do you teach beginning concepts of fractions?

Dividing Fractions
Why do we invert and multiply when dividing fractions?

Reducing Fractions with Large Denominators
How can I teach how to reduce fractions with large denominators in a clear way?

Subtracting Fractions with Borrowing
How do you subtract a fraction with whole numbers when you have to borrow?

Teaching Fraction Addition
How do you use "hands-on" objects to teach the concepts of adding fractions?

Thousandth
How do I introduce the concept of thousandth, based on their prior knowledge of tenths and hundredths?

Working with Fractions
Do you have strategies for teaching students to understand regrouping when working with fractions?
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General
4th Grade Math
Could you please give me ideas as to what my fourth grade daughter should be learning in math?

100th Day Activities
What are some activities I can do with my students on the 100th day of school?

Children's Literature and Multiplication
What titles in children's literature can be integrated into the teaching of the multiplication concept?

Math - Elementary
Any suggestions to review subtraction and multiplication facts and to practice strategies for solving real life math problems?

Teaching Techniques
How can I scaffold learning experiences for the others during test time and help them relax while still learning?
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Geometry
Coordinate Graphing
I am looking for different ways to play Battleship on graph paper.

How Pi Fits into the K-12 Curriculum
How is the concept of Pi taught?

Tangrams
What are the educational benefits for using tangrams?
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Manipulatives
Homemade Math Manipulatives
Do you have any ideas on homemade math manipulatives?

Pattern Blocks for Middle School
How can I use pattern blocks with my 7th and 8th grade students?

Touch Point Math
Could someone help me try to locate information on touch point math?
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Measurement
Teaching Capacity
Could you give suggestions teaching capacity?
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Multiplication
Learning Multiplication Tables
Is there a tried and tested "best" way of learning multiplication?

Multiplication Table
Is there a trick for learning the 8's?

Multiplying and Dividing by 10
What is the best example or way to introduce the concept of multiplying by 10's, 100's, and 1000's?
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Numbers
Introduction to Odd and Even Numbers
I would like any suggestions about introducing the concept of odd and even numbers.

Place Value and Different Bases
How do I get my daughter the help she needs without spending a fortune on tutors?

Predicting Terms in a Sequence
I need help on how to teach my 4th graders about sequences.
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Statistics
Mean, Median, and Mode
Could you give suggestions for helping students remember the definition of mean, median, and mode?
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Subtraction
Decomposition in Math Subtraction
Could you give ideas for teaching the decomposition method for subtraction?

A Different Way to Subtract
Could you explain this subtraction method that is different than what is normally taught?

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