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January Edition: Multiple Methods to Teach Double Digit Addition

I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, and fun holiday and New Year! While I spent the majority of my time spending quality time with my family, I did manage to sneak in some time for creating more products for all you!

I’ve been so pleased at how many of you like and have implemented the use of multiple methods for teaching addition into your classroom! So, I’m trying to create more products for you all to use! Here’s a “January” (or any winter month for that matter!) pack for double digit addition. These charts are perfect to help introduce or practice each method, handouts for parents, or reference pages for your students. The practice pages are perfect for math centers, independent work, morning work, homework, sub plans, etc. And an assessment is always helpful as well!


This product includes two charts for each of the three methods (one chart for regrouping and one without regrouping), 2 practice pages for each method with answer keys, and an assessment. You can preview the entire product HERE! Enjoy!

-Mrs. B



5 Extremely Important Classroom Management Tips for Teachers

Classroom management is the foundation for everything that happens in your classroom. Without it, deep learning can’t take place, and with it, the opportunities in your classroom are endless! Here are a few tips that I used to transform a chaotic and unstructured classroom into a beautifully run classroom that teachers and administrators would come to observe frequently!

A little background…I was thrown into an elementary school classroom as a brand new teacher, mid year, in a Title 1 school where nearly all students were English Language Learners and performing far below grade level. The majority of my students came from extreme poverty and lacked rules and structure at home. The school had an extremely hard time keeping teachers because of classroom behavior, and a consistent, firm but loving teacher was exactly what these students needed.

Within weeks, the classroom was an entirely different place. We finished the year very successfully, with the majority of my students performing at or above grade level. I honestly credit most of that to the classroom management that was implemented into the classroom. The remainder of the year we were able to maximize student learning time!

Here are a few tips that I think are most important when dealing with classroom management/behavior management in your classroom:


  1. The more effective routines and procedures you have in place in your classroom, the less discipline you will have to do. With effective routines, rules, and procedures in place in the classroom, when a student doesn’t follow a rule, they know exactly what will happen to them and why. This minimizes disruption and maximizes precious learning time.  If you are interested in a checklist of routines and procedures that I introduce and teach in my classroom, check out this freebie here! 
  2. As the year progresses, don’t think it’s too late to implement a new procedure or routine. As long as you explain to your students what it is, why it’s needed, model it and have them practice, practice, practice, a new procedure or routine can be easily implemented at ANY time during the year! Remember, I came in to a classroom mid year and changed EVERYTHING successfully in a matter of weeks! You can do it! It’s not too late!
  3. Positive reinforcement- everyone loves being complimented and acknowledged. This can be as simple as saying, “Johnny, I really love that today you came right in the classroom, sat down, and started working right away” or as elaborate as a class reward incentive program (behavior clip chart, marble jar, table/class points, stickers, etc.)
  4. Stay strong and firm with your decisions- never argue or let a student gain control by getting into it with them. I’m not saying to not listen to their point of view ever, but make sure that they know you are in charge and your rules, routines, and procedures are there for a reason. It’s so important to be consistent with them and what happens when class rules aren’t followed.
  5. Make sure every student feels special, respected, and cared about. Developing a personal relationship with every student is so important and really helps with classroom management. When students feel like their teacher truly cares about them and their learning, they will work harder and behave better in the classroom. This is especially important with your “hard to reach” students. Talk to them, get to know them, their likes and interests, and try to really connect with them. I promise it will work wonders! A great way to help students feel special is having every student have a meaningful classroom job. Check out my class jobs here!

I hope these help!

-Mrs. B

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Holiday Partial Sum Addition!

Recently, I posted about the partial sum method and why I love it for helping teach double digit addition. Because it’s important to continue to teach high quality content during the holiday season, I created this little pack to give students some extra practice with the partial sum method while also making it feel a “little” festive!


This would be perfect to send home during the winter break for homework and/or to use anytime in December (or January) in your classroom!


-Mrs. B!

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Base Ten Method for Addition

I’m so excited to share another method to teach addition for The Common Core Standards. If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with the other methods I have shared (PARTIAL SUM and DECOMPOSITION). I’m hoping you had great success introducing and teaching the methods in your classroom, and you are back to get another method!

I call this method: Base Ten


I call it this because you are essentially drawing out the base ten blocks for the ones and tens. To make it easier and not so time consuming, I’ve simplified it to drawing dots for the ones (instead of the little unit block), and a line for the tens (the ten-block or rod/long). Trust me, if you let the students draw it out the other way to look exactly like the base ten blocks, some spend WAYYYY too much time trying to make each rod have ten cubes on it. It becomes more of an art lesson than a math lesson. And since the purpose isn’t for the drawing, this is an easy way for students to still identify with the base ten blocks, while not spending an entire lesson making perfect looking “rods”.

Here’s mini anchor charts that help show how it works (one without regrouping and one with regrouping):

Teaching the method without regrouping is pretty simple. I focus on the base ten method without regrouping for at least a few days. You want your students to have this down completely before you add regrouping into the mix!

You have students draw out the dots for the ones place. Then, you have students draw lines for the tens to the left of the dots. Make sure they line up the ones and the tens for easy adding. After the lines and dots are drawn, have students add the ones first (this is important to do first for when you introduce regrouping), followed by the tens.

When you are regrouping, you draw out dots first followed by lines. When students count the dots and realize there’s more than ten, they circle ten of the dots, draw an arrow over to the tens, and add a line for the regrouped ten. They finish the same way, by adding up what ones are left over and last add the tens.

I really love this method because it has that visual component that really helps students understand what is happening when you have to regroup ones. Where was this method when we were in elementary school? I would carry the one over to the tens place, but I’m not sure I understood this conceptually until much later.

Check out the entire resource HERE that includes charts, a sort, practice pages with answer keys, and two assessments! Let me know how you like it!


-Mrs. B

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Helping Students with Math Fact Fluency!

Learning math addition and subtraction basic facts in the primary grades is essential to be successful in math in the upper elementary grades. When I taught fourth grade, there were still always a few students that had a hard time with these basic facts. It was heartbreaking to see them struggling with fourth grade concepts just because they didn’t have these facts memorized.

So when I taught second grade, I wanted to make sure that students were given plenty of opportunities to REALLY know these facts like the back of their hand! I found that this Math Fact Fluency Program was the perfect way to give students a fun and motivating way to learn these facts but not take too much time out of every day. It works great for any classroom because it is differentiated for every student. Every student works at their own pace to master the addition and subtraction basic facts 0-12.


The program comes with 26 leveled tests for addition and subtraction, flashcards that match each test, a whole class progress chart for monitoring, and an individual student progress chart that each student fills out as they pass each level.

This program takes 5-10 minutes out of your day and REALLY helps!

Take a look at the whole thing HERE!

Hope you enjoy it!

-Mrs. B


Decomposing Number Sorts!

If you enjoyed my Decomposition Addition Pack for teaching addition for the Common Core Standards, then you hopefully will love these sorting activities I created!

They cover many of the Place Value standards from Kinder-2nd grade.


Above is the double digit sorting mat and one of the double digit decomposing numbers sorting activities. All you do is either cut and paste the numbers onto the mat, or laminate the mat and numbers so you can reuse them again and again!


I also created a sorting mat for triple digit numbers along with ten sorting activities for that mat.

Get these sorting mats and 20 sorting activities along with all the number cards 0-999 RIGHT HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Mrs. B

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Letter Sorting

Before students can become fluent readers, there are many foundational skills needed. One skill is knowing the difference between lowercase and capital letters. An easy way to help your students practice this is by SORTING! Here’s an easy no prep cutting/gluing sorting page:


Another foundational skill that readers need is the ability to distinguish between letters and words. Here’s  a sort for that!



If you think you could use these in your class, check out all 12 of the sorts I’ve created right here: LETTER SORTING! 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Mrs. B

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Partial Sum Method for Teaching Double Digit Addition (with and without regrouping)

You might remember my recent post about double digit addition using the decomposition method. Well, today I’m excited to share another method you may or may not have heard of to teach addition.




This method might be the easiest to understand and master. It makes me a little jealous that I wasn’t taught methods like this when I was in elementary school. I remember carrying over the one to the tens place in regrouping, but not REALLY knowing what that meant for the longest time.

Partial sum addition really helps conceptualize the whole idea of addition. This method especially helps my struggling math students understand numbers better and improve their addition skills.


I created this pack to help introduce, teach and assess double digit addition with and without regrouping using the partial sum method. Included in this pack is: mini anchor charts/posters, a sort, 4 practice sheets and answer keys, 2 assessments (with and without regrouping) and answer keys.


Let me know if you love this method as much as I do!

-Mrs. B

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How to Easily Assess Sight Words

I always get a little anxious before report cards and conferences. I am the type of teacher that spends so much time debating what grade I’m going to give each student for every single standard. I have found that the easiest way to ensure each student is getting the most accurate and appropriate grade is to have artifacts/assessments/work samples from each student that demonstrate their knowledge on each thing. Sight Words is a big one in second grade. It comes up multiple times directly and indirectly on the report cards we use (sight word knowledge, reading fluently, reading at grade level, etc.). I want to make sure I know exactly what sight words my students know and don’t know. So, I created this easy assessment!


Using this assessment pack, you can assess students’ sight word knowledge one on one in about 5 minutes!

Here’s what you do:

Have one of these checklist pages printed for EVERY student. I keep an assessment binder with a divider for each student. On the divider I write their name and number so I can easily find their tab.

Give your student this sheet below. I have ones made for all the DOLCH word lists (pre-primer, primer, grade one, grade two, and grade three).


The words on these sheets are in the same order as the checklist. As the student reads them aloud, you are highlighting or checking off the words read correctly on the checklist! It’s that simple!

I have found that this way is extremely effective, and I have a list of all the words that the student knows (and doesn’t know) when I’m ready to do report cards and parent teacher conferences. I also give these word lists out to parents at conferences so they have a copy of the words to practice at home.


I hope this assessment pack will help some of you before conference and report card time!

Let me know how you like it!

-Mrs. B


5 Ways to get Your Students to Master Sight Words!


Mastering sight words is essential to read fluently. Teaching sight words can be tricky. Many of them go against common phonics rules and cannot be read by simply sounding them out. Memorizing them is the key to mastering them. There are so many different ways to teach your students sight words. Here are five of my favorites. They can easily be implemented into your classroom TODAY!

  1. Sight Word Word Searchesblogpicwordsearch

Who doesn’t love a word search?

2. Sight Word Memory


Just print two of each flashcard, and you have all the materials needed for sight word memory!

3. Sight Word Flashcards


I have students put their flashcards on a binder ring. Part of their nightly homework is to study them for 5 minutes. The flashcards are also perfect when you finish a lesson early and have a few extra minutes before recess, lunch, etc. Switch it up once in awhile and have students do flashcards with a partner (a partner who reads around the same reading level). Each student can read the flashcards to their partner, and their partner can help them on ones that they are struggling with.

4. Fluency Flashcards


I love fluency flashcards because they help students learn the sight words in context. There are so many uses for these!

5. Sight Word Spelling Staircases and Unscrambling Sight Words


These pages are perfect for word work time. Students absolutely LOVE making these staircases (I let them color the steps at the end of each staircase made). Unscrambling also helps students really think about which letter comes next.

Interested in getting all these pages for ALL the sight words, plus more? Here is 400+ pages to help your students master all the sight words! 

What are your favorite ways to teach sight words?

-Mrs. B