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Early Elementary Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice
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Early Elementary Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice

Foreword by Julia M. Aguirre, Brian R. Lawler, Series Editor



August 2022 | 304 pages | Corwin

“This book is a must-read for all elementary educators. A call to action, the guide for teachers offers incredible resources, including powerful lesson plans, to engage readers in the practice of teaching mathematics for social justice in early childhood settings. An immense contribution to the conversation around social justice and mathematics in elementary education.”

Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath
Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Empower children to be the change—join the teaching mathematics for social justice movement!

We live in an era in which students of all ages have—through media and their lived experiences— a more visceral experience of social injustices. However, when people think of social justice, mathematics rarely comes to mind. With a teacher-friendly design, this book brings early elementary mathematics content to life by connecting it to the natural curiosity and empathy young children bring with them and the issues they experience.

Tested in PK-2 classrooms, the model lessons contributed in this book walk teachers through the process of applying critical frameworks to instruction, using standards-based mathematics to explore, understand, and respond to social justice issues. Learn to plan instruction that engages children in mathematics explorations through age-appropriate, culturally relevant topics such as fairness, valuing diversity and difference, representation and inequality, and environmental justice. Features include: 

  • Content cross-referenced by mathematical concept and social issues
  • Connection to Learning for Justice’s social justice standards
  • Downloadable instructional materials and lesson resources
  • Guidance for lessons driven by children’s unique passions and challenges
  • Connections between research and practice

Written for teachers committed to developing equitable and just practices through the lens of mathematics content and practice standards as well as social justice standards, this book will help connect content to children’s daily lives, fortify their mathematical understanding, and expose them to issues that will support them in becoming active citizens and leaders.


 
Preface
 
Lesson 5.1 Exploring Fairness Through Data and Numbers
Heather Winters, Juan Gerardo
Lesson 5.3 Same and Different: An Exploration of Identity Through Geometry Shapes
JaNay Brown-Wood
Lesson 5.5 Family Counts! Math, Family, and the Diversity Across Our Homes
 
Lesson 5.6 Learning From Our Animal Friends: Mathematizing With the Artwork of Ricardo Levin Morales
Lauren Murray
Lesson 5.7 Activism Through Art
Sam Prough, Eric Cordero-Siy
Lesson 5.8 Seeing the Colors of Ourselves and Others
Jennifer Newton, Jan McGarry
Lesson 5.9 Human Diversity and Disability: Do We All Have 10 Fingers?
Elizabeth Barnes, Jordan Barnes, Natalie Uhle, Sandra Linder
Lesson 5.10 Feeding Ourselves and Others
Amber Beisly, Brandy McCombs
Lesson 5.11 Representation Matters in Math Class
Julia Aguirre, Melissa Adams Corral
Lesson 5.12 Respecting Our House: Protecting our Salmon Neighbors
Eva Thanheiser, Mary Raygoza, Jeffrey Craig, Lynette Guzmán
Lesson 5.13 Early Elementary Math to Explore People Represented in Our World and Community
Gloria Gallardo, Emy Chen, Cathery Yeh
Lesson 5.14 Journey for Justice: The Farmworker's Movement

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