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Teaching Essential Mathematics, Grades K-8
Increasing Engagement and Building Understanding of Key Concepts



December 2007 | 152 pages | Corwin

"The activities can be used to help students understand the reason for the algorithms. Students should not just learn 'how,' but also 'why.'"
—Carrie Chiappetta, Math Teacher
Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT

"This is a much needed resource book for both inservice and preservice teachers."
—Helen Melvin, Second-Grade Teacher
Dr. Levesque School Elementary School, Fort Kent, ME

Creative, ready-to-use classroom activities for teaching essential math concepts!

Not all educators feel comfortable teaching math, yet it is critical for all students to gain a solid foundation of mathematical understanding in grades K–8. Written by a national consultant in mathematics instruction and assessment, this resource helps educators gain the confidence they need to teach math in creative and engaging ways.

Teaching Essential Mathematics, Grades K–8 provides teachers with an overview of the key mathematics concepts students need to acquire and includes hands-on activities and clear examples to help students learn these concepts in depth. The classroom-ready activities and calculator exercises are organized according to the NCTM content standards, and each activity is directly aligned with specific benchmarks. The material also features:

  • Suggestions for incorporating cooperative learning into mathematics instruction
  • A comprehensive glossary of mathematical terms to broaden educators' subject knowledge
  • Reproducible blackline masters that can be used with students immediately

Both new and veteran teachers can leverage this book's many rich examples and student-centered learning tasks to re-energize their instruction and renew students' enthusiasm.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Number and Operations
Overview  
A Case for "Why?"  
Calculator Application: Multiplying Fractions  
Double Take  
GCF and LCM  
Make It With an Abacus  
 
2. Algebra
Overview  
Catch the Beat  
Growing Patterns  
Mathemagic  
Divide and Conquer  
Raising the Stakes  
 
3. Geometry
Overview  
Make Figures "Happen"  
Hands-On Shapes  
Guess My Pattern  
Crazy Quilts  
Fold It Right There!  
 
4. Measurement
Overview  
How So?  
Calculator Application: Finding the Measures of the Two Acute Angles of a Right Triangle  
I Scream . . . You Scream . . .  
How They Stack Up  
Calculator Application: Surface Area of a Rectangular Solid  
 
5. Data Analysis and Probability
Even the Odds  
Overview  
Calculator Application: Determining the Sum of Two Randomly Selected Numbers as Odd or Even  
Read More About It!  
Living Graphs  
Fire and Ice  
Games of Chance  
 
Appendix: Worksheet Blackline Masters
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Putting together a book for teachers that contains 'tried and tested' lessons created by award-winning educators is very important and useful. The activities can be used to help students understand the reason for the algorithms. Students should not just learn 'how,' but also 'why.'"

Carrie Chiappetta, Math Teacher
Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CT

"This is a much needed resource book for both inservice and preservice teachers."

Helen Melvin, Second-Grade Teacher
Dr. Levesque School Elementary School, Fort Kent, ME

"The activities presented provide a foundation that allows an elementary school teacher to make sense out of the mathematics being taught. The book will appeal to teachers because the lessons begin at a very basic level but methodically progress to a higher level of mathematical thinking."

Joyce Dodd, Sixth-Grade Math Teacher
Bryson Middle School, Simpsonville, SC

"The author has successfully created a resource book for teachers that accomplishes the goal of 'more discovery and more connections between topics' for mathematics classrooms, which will result in more student engagement. This book will be a valuable resource to new teachers looking for appropriate lessons tied to curriculum standards, veteran teachers looking for new ideas for content-specific activities, and college instructors of preservice and inservice teachers."

MAA Reviews, February 2008
Mathematical Association of America
Key features
  • Incorporates classroom friendly strategies for teaching core mathematics concepts
  • Connects to NCTM standards
  • Includes sample lessons for immediate use
  • Provides concise background understanding for teachers
  • Shares teacher-to-teacher expertise from a presidential award winning math expert

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Preface


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