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If you've been paying attention to the assessments that are following the Common Core State Standards, then you know that we need to raise rigor in our classrooms when it comes to problem solving. These problems will help prepare students for

Subjects:

Math, Math Test Prep, Word Problems

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}

Types:

Activities, Test Prep, Rubrics

Students get to step into the shoes of a designer in this open ended performance task. After years of begging student's parents are finally letting them design and remodel their bedroom.
What is in the problem?
There are 6 in-depth problems

Subjects:

Math, Applied Math, Word Problems

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Projects, Activities, Test Prep

Everyone loves to mini golf! In this math project students design mini golf course holes on paper, buy supplies, and build their design as a model. It is an engaging math project that became a student favorite.
This math project has been used for

Subjects:

Math, Geometry, Measurement

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}

Types:

Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, GATE

CCSS:

3.G.A.1, 4.G.A.1, 4.G.A.2

Open ended problems encourage students to think outside the box, find multiple answers, and to challenge themselves. I've used these prompts for years to promote math talk in the classroom, and finally put them all together into a large document,

Subjects:

Math, Word Problems, Mental Math

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Workbooks, GATE, Math Centers

Go beyond coloring sheets and cleaning up the playground for Earth Day. Go deeper with students by studying important environmental issues.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an environmental problem in the Pacific Ocean. Discovered in 1997, it is

Subjects:

Math, Writing, Informational Text

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Lesson Plans (Bundled), Minilessons, Nonfiction Book Study

Strengthen your student's skills with benchmark and equivalent fractions with real world problem solving! Students are given a problem page with lots of reading that includes a recipe, and then a problem to solve. This is especially perfect for

Subjects:

Math, Fractions, Word Problems

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}

Types:

Projects, Activities, Simulations

This resource is here to help students engage in math talk, practice for the SBAC, PARCC or other standardized tests, and to work through the Standards for Mathematical Practice. In this activity, students decide for themselves whether six

Subjects:

Math, Word Problems, Place Value

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Test Prep, Math Centers

My first set of open ended problems became an overnight best seller. I was asked by many buyers to create more, and they are finally here. I think these are just amazingly fun to create, and the students love to solve them. These problems will help

Subjects:

Math, Math Test Prep, Word Problems

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}

Types:

Activities, Test Prep, Rubrics

This resource is here to help students engage in math talk, practice for the SBAC, PARCC or other standardized tests, and to work through the Standards for Mathematical Practice. In this activity, students decide for themselves whether six

Subjects:

Math, Measurement, Math Test Prep

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, Staff

Types:

Activities, Test Prep, Math Centers

Tired of using worksheets to teach map skills? I used worksheets for years but something didn't feel right. I knew my students weren't learning map skills deeply when I was teaching this way. That was when the Hands on Map Skills project was

Subjects:

Applied Math, Social Studies - History, Geography

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}

Types:

Projects, Lesson Plans (Bundled), GATE

Incorporate problem solving into your math block with 90 practice word problems that are based on CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) problem types. These multiplication and division problem types are in the Common Core State Standards and

Subjects:

Math, Basic Operations, Word Problems

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}

Types:

Activities, Printables, Math Centers

CCSS:

3.OA.A.3

An architect firm would like to hire your students! In this math project students design a one room space of their choice to learn how to calculate area to estimate flooring needs. They are paid for their designs and can be hired on for more!

Subjects:

Math, Measurement, Word Problems

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}

Types:

Projects, Unit Plans, GATE

CCSS:

3.MD.C.5, 3.MD.C.6, 3.MD.C.7, 4.MD.A.3

This bundle includes ALL eleven of my Reasoning Puzzles, with all 110 puzzles:
Reasoning Puzzles: Early Place Value, Place Value and Rounding, Meaning of Multiplication, Higher Level Multiplication, 2 Digit Addition/Subtraction, Addition and

Subjects:

Math, Word Problems, Place Value

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Lesson Plans (Bundled), Test Prep, Printables

This resource is here to help students engage in math talk, practice for the SBAC, PARCC or other standardized tests, and to work through the Standards for Mathematical Practice. In this activity, students decide for themselves whether six

Subjects:

Math, Numbers, Place Value

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Test Prep, Math Centers

This is an exciting STEM project that spans several days (depending how you'd like to structure it, you could fit it in for two full school days up to a week). This unit is cross curricular, with structured lesson and learning targets in Reading,

Subjects:

Reading, Math, Writing

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}

Types:

Projects, Unit Plans, GATE

CCSS:

3.MD.B.4, 4.MD.B.4, RI.3.1, RI.4.1, W.3.2

Subjects:

Math, Measurement, Math Test Prep

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, Staff

Types:

Activities, Test Prep, Math Centers

Students plan an epic sleepover in this open ended performance task!
What is in the problem?
There are 11 in-depth problems within this gigantic problem (each step is it's own problem) walking the student through what they need to do. The

Subjects:

Math, Applied Math, Word Problems

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Projects, Activities, Test Prep

This is a chance for students to plan their dream party! Using the attached budget sheet, flyers from the grocery store and a little cash upfront from you (or from your students), students create the best party that they can with the limitations

Subjects:

Math, Word Problems, Decimals

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}

Types:

Projects, Unit Plans, GATE

Subjects:

Math, Basic Operations, Math Test Prep

Grades:

2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}

Types:

Test Prep, GATE, Math Centers

Open ended problems (or performance tasks) are a great way to get students to think deeply, and to use the Standards for Mathematical Practice. You can purchase all three separate, or save by purchasing all three together.
Open Ended Word Problems

Subjects:

Math, Applied Math, Word Problems

Grades:

3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Lesson Plans (Bundled), Test Prep, Printables

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Elementary Math Coach, 10 years experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade. Striving to teach deep conceptual understanding through real world math projects, math talk, and rigorous problem solving.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Problem/Project Based Learning, Inquiry Learning, Hands on Activities. I use Jane Pollock's GANAG format for many of my products. Her method is research based and gets results! My math lessons heavily focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yet to be added

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in Pyschology/Human Development Teaching License Grade 1-8 Master's Degree in Educational Technology

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GRADES

1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Homeschool, Staff

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, Computer Science - Technology, Math Test Prep, Geography, Critical Thinking, Statistics, Word Problems, Writing, Mental Math, Decimals, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Early Intervention