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Win a $10 Gift Card for Teachers Pay Teachers and a Math Resource!

It is time for the annual Teachers Pay Teachers back to school sale!  Which means you can get up to 25% off of all the resources you want for the upcoming school year! Teachers Pay Teachers has generously donated a $10 gift card to use during the sale (or any other...
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The Evolution of the Area Model: Elementary through Algebra

When children are beginning to learn how to multiply numbers, one of the first things they learn is to make a pattern with objects in an array.  They count the manipulatives and notice that there is a length and a width.  That they can also count all of manipulatives...
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Free Lesson Plan Materials for Area Model Multiplication

Area models are an important tool for teaching multiplication understanding, but it can be difficult deciding where to start with your students.  In one class a teacher may have students who do not know the multiplication facts and cannot multiply all the way to students who are ready to take off with decimal multiplication.  Planning lessons for this wide variety of learners takes a lot of time because the teacher is essentially planning for at least three classes in one!  

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