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## Smiles: A Strengths-Based On-Ramp Mathematics Task

Use this activity to support students in working together, recognizing one another’s contributions, and leveraging their mathematical strengths to solve challenging problems.

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## Growing TTULPs through Your Lessons

All students have strengths that can be leveraged through universally designed instruction.

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## Discourse Actions to Promote Student Access

We discuss how discourse actions can provide students greater access to high quality mathematics. We define discourse actions as what teachers or students say or do to elicit student contributions about a mathematical idea and generate ongoing discussion around student contributions. We provide rubrics and checklists for readers to use.

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## Early Mathematics Fluency with CCSSM

To develop second-grade students' confidence and ease, use these three specific types of tasks that align with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics expectations.

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## Digital Date Equations

This article shares ideas for using the calendar date to increase students' mental mathematics and problem-solving skills. Postscript items are designed as rich grab-and-go resources that any teacher could quickly incorporate into his or her classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact.

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## Picture it: Flashcards that Encourage Reasoning

Flashcards incorporating visual models are presented as a strategy to support mastery of addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. Postscript items are designed as rich “grab-and-go” resources that any teacher can quickly incorporate into their classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact.

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## The Power of Problem Choice

Fourth- and fifth-grade learners can use differentiated number sets within CGI problem structures to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

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## Butterfly gardens

Butterflies are beautiful insects for students to study. Unfortunately, some kinds of butterflies are on the endangered species list because their natural habitats are disappearing. Members of our school community are concerned about this dilemma, so we decided to plant a butterfly garden.

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## A second grader's algebraic reasoning

A talkative second grader helps her teacher describe, extend, and generalize about growing patterns.

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