Entries by Shannon McCaw

New K-2 Supports (Part 1 of 2)

K-2 teachers, we have heard your requests for resources and supports designed just for primary students; the recent updates to our website, ccssmathactivities.com, are just what you have been waiting for! As we designed these new sections, we were focused on building number sense in your students. We know the foundation of math success is […]

DecaDeck Card Set for K-2 Number Sense

Free printable?  Yes, please!  Introducing our DecaDeck card set for a variety of number sense activities! In a classroom of 5- and 6-year-olds, how do you keep the interest of those who have highly developed number sense while still providing active learning opportunities for those that need a bit more practice? Enter the DecaDeck! We […]

Improved Planning and Assessment Resources for EngageNY Math

  Back in April, we posted about two of our favorite free EngageNY resources – a compacted pacing guide and standards-focused “snapshot assessments.”  Both come from Federal Way Public Schools in Federal Way, Washington.  Since that post, FWPS has done some reformatting – and we’ve done some reorganizing on our site as well! Planning The […]

Performance Task = Math Masterpiece

One of the components to the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is the performance task. Performance tasks allow students to engage in an extended problem solving situation. The rich task gives students an opportunity to show their mathematical and critical thinking knowledge and skills across different standards. Using all of these skills helps students on their […]

Building Academic Math Vocabulary

Academic vocabulary in mathematics is often one of the largest barriers for students.  They understand the mathematics when asked to perform it in a specific way, but when asked using vocabulary they are not comfortable with, they may respond like they have never seen the content before!  Students must also be able to “attend to […]