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Deanna Cooley » Welcome to My Class

Welcome to My Class

My name is Deanna Cooley. I'm a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I majored in Elementary Education and Generic Special Education. I have taught second grade and special education for twenty years. I have been at Fred Douglass for 10 years.
This year I'm teaching resource math and a reading program. 


place value
This anchor chart from Pinterest shows place value which is used from grades 1st-4th.
4th grade uses place value to a million.
3rd to hundred thousands
2nd to thousands
1st to hundreds.
So in order to modify this chart you would stop at the place value for that grade. Students should be able to draw a place value chart. Practice reading numbers using chart. *If you'd like to have an activity for place value use dice. Roll the amount of dice to fill in the chart for your child's grade. They can arrange the numbers in any order. Read the number. How many tens? How many hundreds? And so on.
area model
Area Model: 4th grade
When you have a 2x2 digit number such as 32 x 24 an area model is one way to work it out. Another way is MMOMMA; not on this post. Remember you will get partial products in the boxes which you will add.
On the IXL website you can practice these skills on D25 &D26 4th grade.
This activity is for 1st and 2nd grade. The objective is to identify numbers. Also, find the sequence of numbers before and after a number.
You will need your hundreds chart, 2 dice, dry erase.
1st: Roll the dice for your number.
2nd: Circle your number.
3rd: Name the 5 numbers that come after your number. Write them down.
4th: Next name the 5 numbers that came before your number. Write them down.
Looking for ways to help with fractions. Use Legos.
All grades: Have student build towers and then write fractions for each tower. Ex:  1st tower; white 7/8, yellow 1/8. 
3rd and 4th grade, you could have them then compare fractions.
3rd: Which is more 1/8 or 7/8?  
4th: Compare using the butterfly and then write symbol <,.<,=.
For more Lego fraction lessons and inspiration refer to this link: