New Math Poster Creations

After a very busy school year, I’m ready to start posting new ideas to my blog. “It’s about time!” the voice in my head shouts. To kick off my new avalanche of ideas, I would like to start with these cute math posters I just created with the purpose of helping students solve math problems.

The first poster features Dr. Math. He’s a specialist who can only perform four basic operations: add, subtract, multiply, and divide. On the poster he asks students, “Which operation would you like me to perform today?”

The second poster features Aunt Sally. She makes really great mathematical recipes but in order to get the right answer you have to follow the recipe which is the Order of Operations.

Both of these posters feature graphics from Thistle Girl Designs ( I recently purchased a Resellers license from her and a Smart Notebook Lesson Creator license too so I can create documents and files using her graphics and be able to share them with others. I hope you enjoy these files. You are free to photocopy and use them with students and teachers at your school. Be sure proper credit is given and maintained. Please feel free to leave me a comment or feedback. Enjoy!

Download the Math Posters Below:

Dr. Math (Basic Operations)

Aunt Sally (Order of Operations)


I P.A.W.S. for Word Problems

A few months ago I attended a workshop where a math teacher shared a strategy that she uses with her students to help them solve word problems.

The strategy involves a paw outline using the title “I P.A.W.S. for Word Problems.” This is what the acronym P.A.W.S. stands for:

Problem Key Words
Analyze the Steps
Work it Out
Solve! Does it make sense?

Then on the actual paw part of the outline, the students would work out their problems. This area is called the “Work Pad.”

This was such a creative idea that I decided to create a document for it.

Here are the files for you to download:
I P.A.W.S. for Word Problems (Color)
I P.A.W.S. for Word Problems (Grayscale)

New Florida Math Standards

I was recently trained in the new Florida Math Standards which we refer to as the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NG SSS) for Math. Basically, elementary grades are no longer going to cover all aspects of Math in each grade level (i.e. Number Sense, Geometry, Measurement, Algebraic Thinking, and Data Analysis/Probability). Instead, each grade level will focus on a few Math concepts which are referred to the Big Ideas.

In fourth grade for example, we will be covering Multiplication/Division, Area, and Decimals. We will also cover three supporting ideas which will help students review previously learned concepts and concepts they will learn in future grades. The state is moving from teaching a mile wide and an inch deep. Long gone are the days when we used to teach Math just to cover a topic without the students understanding it in depth. Now we will cover less but go much more deeper in the topic so students know it inside and out.

With these new standards, we are also getting a new Math textbook. The book is called Go Math! Florida and it’s published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. I Googled the book and found a really informative site with video FAQ’s with answers provided by the two authors of the textbook. Here’s the link:

I would like to hear from other Florida teachers who might be using this book and also what are your thoughts on the new standards. Thanks for stopping by.