Here's a nice little quote for the kids to ponder! 

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WIN! WIN! Get free Art Deco Christmas coloring pages and help St. Judes Childrens Hospital too! 

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Real "giving" bulletin boards for your students and school workers. Four different Reindeer Ready designs!

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Protect and display your center signs using acrylic sign holders.

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Some kids have trouble with fractions that equal one. They may be baffled as to why a fraction such as 5/5 equals one and the function it serves in a mixed fraction.  Check

out these free anchor charts that may help with this problem. 

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Oct 23, 2017

Here's a little ha-ha for Halloween.

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Halloween Fingernail Stickers to the Rescue...Classoom Management/Home Behavior

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Oct 07, 2017

Hooray! Birthday sale of educational/classroom resources, most of which are marked free for only a short time today. (Oct 7, 2017). Flash sale times are 10AM-1PM and 7PM-10PM Eastern time. Go to https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Margo-Gentile to join in the sale!!!!

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Helpful little sayings for writing and remembering which is which....b or d.

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Have you planned and prepped for the eclipse? Not quite? No worries...I have you covered here. You will find great websites, video streams, scientific facts about eclipse, a hands on eclipse simulator to make, 5 safe ways to view the eclipse (some with instructions to make, others don't need any prep), and your eclipse party planner! So, come on, join the fun and don't miss out on this special event!

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FREE Back to School Movie Ticket Name Tags. Don't forget the popcorn!

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How do the old dots and squares games support learning for students? There's a multitude of ways! Find tips on how to make these and 3 completed sample games here!

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Need some quick and easy flashcards that won't get lost? Glue these down in those interactive notebooks. Free for you.

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Learn more about this fantastic site that shares free online resources that help make playtime more enjoyable for kids with autism and developmental delays.

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Looking for a spring themed language arts vocabulary builder and bulletin board? Look here...sticky notes to the rescue!

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WOW! This video will really get your students wondering about the surface tension of water. Start your science class with this awesome video.

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Looking for some classroom management resources. Here's a beauty I dug up!

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Showing someone how much you're a fan of theirs is easy with these Valentine fans. If you can fold paper "accordion style", you can make these! Minimum

materials required.

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This post gives you lots of hints about teaching vowel sounds and teaching how to apply these in reading words. Many effective methods are explored and some really cool manipulatives are included.

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Do it yourself lacing cards that will last!!!!

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FREE....really good anchor chart for common capitalization. Yours to copy and keep. (just please don't sell it)

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Have you noticed the unbelievable number of free tutorials on the internet? These could be used to help kids write better expository "works". Read about this idea here!

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The cost of filling the  stockings is gettting to be more than the main gifts! How did this happen? Find some free and inexpensive fillers for preschoolers to early teens.

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Take a look at these wonderful Christmas gift catalogs. Specifically for Kids and teachers. 

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Just how out of control has the decline of courtesy and respect gotten? It's so sad that it's funny. Doesn't make sense? Open this post and see for yourself.

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Check this out! What do gallon plastic milk bottles have to do with elementary school gym classes?

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FREE video/tutorials that explicitly show how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to make backgrounds, borders, frames, and wallpapers for product covers and blog walls.

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Combine language arts and math learning with crafts. Give the kids a little fun "engineering" to do with making this cool pumpkin spinner/hanger.

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Hello parents and teachers! Are you falling for fall yet? Here's something to get your "autumn on". Easy fall leaf art that looks beautiful in the home or classroom. Can be done by kids and adultds. Great bulletin board. See sample and website address. FREE 

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Sep 02, 2016

spill and fill, grab the bag, win the tin, pat the mat, it's the pits, you can't, ant!,  STAY TUNED THIS POST IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

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Pokemon Hidden Pictures Multiplication Puzzles are a sure fire way to get the kids to practice and learn the multiplication facts. Don't let this product go! You gotta catch this one!

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A good little article on how some children may have to be "taught" how to play with toys.

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This fun movement and math activity provides lots of "hands-on" practice in multiplication. Multiplication memory becomes a reality! If you want your kids to memorize the multiplication facts, here's a way to get them to do so!

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Teaching subtraction? Take this hands on approach and your students will learn the concept and the facts in no time!

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Make a painted fireworks display using paint and toilet paper tubes! A Learning 4 Kids post.

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                       A free place value game that will keep your kids cool and ready for school. Can be modified for other number activities.

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Keep your child's school-learned skills sharp with this fun way to remember already learned words and to learn some new ones. This is reading and spelling....but I don't think the kids will know. Don't tell them...just enjoy!

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Five welcoming bulletin boards for back to school! Complete instructions, images, templates. Some free, some low cost. All original and eye catching. Very creative!

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Get the combo card and Dad's gift here for Fathers Day.              

                                 

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Don't let your child get sucked into the summer slide. There are lots of activities that can be done to reinforce/maintain math skills that DON'T involve

a computer or paper and pencils. Here are some fun learning activities you can use on the go and outdoors! These will keep skills sharp while making the

most of summertime opportunities!

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Don't buy a commercial card for Dad! Get this one for free and make it personal with your own decorating and a photo. This is a special card with a "view" that Dad and everyone involved will have lots of laughs and fun with. This is what you can truly call an "interactive" Fathers Day card.

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Math and Science songs for your kids.

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Do you like this Venn diagram for comparing Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Would you like it for FREE? Even better, how would you like a 34 page learning packet that includes this, 4 other Venn diagrams, and much more about these 2 patriotic holidays for only $1.00? Read more to find out how easy it is to do so!

 

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This fun activity is a game-like way to learn coin recognition and coin values. It's also a hand on "probability" exercise to find out how many different coin combinations make 100 ($1.00).  Reference chart of coins, task cards, directions, and extension suggestions are all here for you ....and it doesn't cost you a penny!

                

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Here's a freebie for you: an adorable movement poem for the position words bottom, middle, top, and an anchor chart to demonstrate this concept. Thanks for visiting. While here, take a look at my website about the "Color Coded Multiplication" program. Not "color by number" like the days of yore! It's a lot more and is based on nuerological fundamentals.

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Help yourself to this FREEBIE for a Mother's Day gift.

This is only a part of a Mother's Day product of mine. There are more interview questions and a colorfully bordered "statement" that professes one's love for mom. It could be put into a frame....to make a beautiful plaque. You'll have lots of laughs while doing this activity...create special memories of Mom.

To see more of the complete product, go to https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mothers-Day-Interview-Card-2524470

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The only props you need for these classroom games are brains!

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Here's the latest addition to the Math Tip Monday series! Join me and many others to find some great ideas and advice on teaching measurement. Read my post here, then to see others, go to:

http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=547553

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I found this on twitter. Great way to get student responses.

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Here are 2 Zen-type Easter Coloring pages that can be a terrific Easter basket item. Just roll into a scroll, tie with a ribbon, add coloring tools (crayons, markers. colored pencils) and pop into a basket! Not too detailed for children and not too simplistic for adults. Do these together! Color and connect! These 2 pages are actually part of a set of 18 pages. If you like these, you may want to see the others at:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Be-Calm-and-Color-for-St-Patricks-Spring-Easter-2400465

 

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Math Tip Monday March Math Activity is ideal for K-8. Yes!! It's a very flexible activity that can be easily modified for all of these grades. It provides practice with number sense, counting, and computing with basic operations including fractions and decimals if you want. Use of 100 charts, counters, number lines can be used by younger students for this activity. It's yours for free...download away!

 

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Smart boards have more or less replaced overhead projectors. If your school used these projectors in the past, do they still have the unused clear sheets in storage? One way to put them to good use would be to make them into see-through overlays. I made comparison pie fractions by drawing the fractional pies with different colored permanent markers on the clear sheets.

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Therapuetic coloring is "in" right now. The pictures to color are usually for adults...but now I've made them for children. My pictures have a valentine theme. As a matter of fact, they are hearts that are filled with beautiful designs for you and your children to color. Help yourself to this freebie. If you would like more, go to https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hearts-A-Flutter-Valentine-Cards-Coloring-for-Calm-2381123

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Too hot in the summer sun?  Do your summer reading inside this "cool" reading nook igloo made of plastic milk cartons!

 

Too cold outside to play in the snow and build an "igloo"? Bring the outdoors in! Build a life-size igloo out of plastic gallon milk cartons. Great for a reading nook or "hide-out" for the classroom or home!

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Word problems are fun. With the right attitude and approach, we look forward to solving word problems! Thinking Blocks is one approach that really works.

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Snowed in? Let's have a snowball fight indoors!  Here's some terrific place value activities/games to help cure "cabin fever". Young and old can join in and have fun!

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FREE templates for "house fronts" to make ordinal number apartment building and single residence house blocks. All you need are print-outs of the templates, crayons or colored pencils, scissors, glue, milk cartons. (pint and ½ pint sizes).

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Want to make positivity contagious in the classroom? Launch the new year with a good start by usingthis activity to ensure mindful positivity. Good attitudes will abound!

 

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These ornaments are fun to make, they help with addition, and they are edible!

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Open this post to link to a video that shows how to make this simple muffin pan Advent calendar!

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Simple and direct liquid measurement chart with big pictures representing gallon, 1/2 gallons, quarts, pints, and cups. No kings, queens, robots, etc....just bottles within bottles. Get your free anchor chart here.

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Measuring with a ruler to the nearest ¼, ½, ¾ can be tricky. This post comes with a video that shows how, a lesson, and some worksheets.

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Ordinal numbers product has an apartment house, a department store elevator, kids in a row, a train, snowman parade and more to give your child an opportunity to sequence ordinal numbers in more than one way (instead of just left to right). Get some free sample pages here and get the whole thing at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ordinal-Numbers-Apartment-House-More-for-BottomTop-LeftRight-Front-Back-2230722.

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Need help identifying different types of word problems so that the correct basic operation(s) could be applied to get the solution? This is the most complete list I've seen yet! It even gives you specific example word problems for each type. Use it as a poster, anchor chart, or for your own reference.

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A favorite product that teaches basic addition and subtraction in the way children think...from the concrete use of manipulatives to 2-dimensional scaffolding with pictures/colors to the abstract computation consisting of symbols and numbers. A great way to get kids to understand these operations and really get to know the basic facts.

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Word Shape Pictures are in! Have your students express their words of thanks while "drawing" the shape of a cornucopia with their written words. Read more to get this FREEBIE!

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A fun creative writing/persuasive writing activity where the author will take on the stance of a turkey who is trying to convince prospective diners not to eat it for Thanksgiving. Great for elementary school writers. Comes with turkey template, outline guide for the components of a persuasive composition, and idea suggestions. Persuasive writing doesn't always have to be about a serious topic! 

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Here's a colorful Patriotic Venn diagram Free for you to use with your students. Use this to compare Veterans Day to Memorial Day. Only 1 out of 4 here. See the rest (also free) at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Margo-Gentile

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Here's some easy algebraic concepts with pictures only! So fun! Make and finish equations cut and paste. FREE

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Math Tip Monday. Operations and Algebraic Thinking. This graphic organizer can help students make sense of addition and subtraction word problems. Works especially well with part-part-whole examples.

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Math Tip Monday (November) Operations and Algebraic Thinking

 A great way to introduce odd and even numbers! "Even" always has a partner...."odd" always has an odd man out. A simple little game, complete with colorful game sheet. Help yourself!

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This regrouping addition board has a lot of attraction for students and teachers! It's magnetic, hands-on, and easy to use as a demonstration board (great for small group work..hold up the board to show group how to manipulate parts and nothing will fall off) and as a student "work" board. Terrific way to reveal what's really happening when regrouping in addition.

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Halloween Costume Math.....compare with graphs and fractions.

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This is such creative genious! Decorate cardboard boxes, hinge them together, put a kid inside....and you've got a moving, changing Transformer. It's like the movie's main character came to life! See the photos here and get the link here to view the video. It's fantastic!

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A 2-person collaborative mirrored counting activity which can be done teacher-student, tutor-student, paraprofessional-student, parent-child, older sibling-younger sibling, older student-younger student, skilled peer-unskilled peer. Simple manipulative that can be made from a sentence strip, counters, and velcro.

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"Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math": If math were music, mastering the basic concepts would be like learning scales and leading students through discussions

of open problems would be like playing songs.  Education Week

Do you want to read the whole article? You know what I think about this? Open this post and see! What do you think of it? Respond in the comments, please!

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Sep 08, 2015 under ,

It's your choice! Many recycling projects and activities are listed in this We Are Teachers article. Recycle with Penny Pencil as well!

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Action Alphabet proudly presents the marvelous Mr. Moody. See him switch his mood from merry to mad for letter M.

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Shape up alphabet skills with Action Alphabet's Lifting Lion for Letter Ll. Great for letter and sound recognition.

 

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Make a simple kitten with a movable "kissing" mouth. Letter K of the Action Alphabet free for you here at www.margosmathand more.com

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Finally! Jiggly Jellyfish joins the Action Alphabet team!

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Be patient...Jiggly Jellyfish is slowly making its way to our shore. It will join the Action Alphabet very soon!

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Action Alphabet is a cool summer project. Finish off the summer with this fantastic alphabet project. Every item that represents a letter "does" what it's superlative says. For instance, Dizzy Dogs is made up of dogs chasing each other's tails while running in a circle. The dogs really move. Complete instructions and photos/pictures to help with construction. Every few days a new letter with its accompanying project is posted here. Come visit and get your freebies here.

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Hugging hippo is now ready for you to take for free! This is the latest member of the Action Alphabet .

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Action Alphabet's Directions for Letter G, Glowing Ghost

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Help yourself to this addition of the Action Alphabet-Letter F Famished (or Frisky) Frog. The kids will be delighted with this one..a frog that "sticks its tongue out".So silly! Please leave a comment under the directions.

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Keep the summer Action Alphabet project going! Free activity-letter E Elephant elevator.Make a "movable" alphabet!

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Get ready to add this elegant elephant to the Action Alphabet for letter Ee! Going up? Make the easy elephant elevator coming soon!

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Jun 27, 2015 under

A funny and unique way to look at the use of parentheses in math.

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Get the free templates and directions for Cc, the next letter in the Action Alphabet project. Crawling caterpillar is here now! Be on the look out for action letter Dd, on it's way!

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It's time to meet and make the "active" B in our Action Alphabet project. Add Bouncy Bug(Bb) to Active Acrobat(Aa). C will join them soon! What will it be? Keep checking our blog at www.margosmathandmore.com to get the FREE directions and templates for the next letter, C. We'll be doing this all summer up to letter Z. A great summer project!

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Every letter in this Action Alphabet is represented by a movable "action figure" or a prompt for the viewer to interact in some way. Easy enough for kids to make themselves (a few may require the guidance of an adult). All directions are here at Margo's Math and More, and of course, all are free. Keep watching for the next letter, Bb, coming soon!

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Posted by Margo Gentile on May 29, 2015 under

Mom is 28 years older than Zack.  Mom is 4 years younger than Dad.  Their total age is 84 years.  What is mom's age?

See how to solve this math word problem using a bar model.

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Spring is here and the peepers are back. Make your own tree frog using these simple but thorough instructions and photograhs. Part of my Action Alphabet Project. Watch out..... this famished frog is looking for food and doesn't hesitate from sticking its tongue out to grab some grub!

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Mar 17, 2015 under ,

Let your little leprechauns try their "thinking power" on this free practice sheet designed for St. Patrick's Day and math! Colorful challenging fun.

 

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Posted by Margo Gentile on Mar 13, 2015 under

Simple flowchart of information encoding to storage in long term memory.

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Follow me at www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Margo-Gentile. SAVE money too! All you have to do is leave a comment and rate any of my 57 products. When you do that, you will get credit which will reduce the price of the next product you buy.

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Traditional math is much more than rote learning.....read about its benefits and successes.

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