ERIC Number: ED250212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Problem Solving in Mathematics, Grade 8. Lane County Mathematics Project. With Teacher's Commentary and Answers.
Brannan, Richard; And Others
Problem Solving in Mathematics (PSM), a program of problem-solving lessons for grades 4-9, is designed to be integrated into the regular mathematics program. Although the content objectives of the lessons are similar to those of most textbooks, PSM emphasizes problem-solving skills and a variety of instructional strategies which foster the development of such skills. These strategies include direct instruction, guided discovery, laboratory work, small-group discussions, nondirective instruction, and individual work. This PSM book for grade 8 consists of 11 parts. The first 10 parts contain activities focusing on: five basic problem-solving skills; drill and practice for whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; variation; integer sense; equation solving; measuring with protractors; geometry; calculators; percent estimation; and probability. The last section contains 16 challenge problems in which students select the problem-solving method to use. Each of these parts has an overview teacher commentary, which includes information on PSM philosophy and suggestions as to how the activities within the part should be used. In addition, each activity includes mathematics teaching objectives, problem-solving skills students might use, materials needed, comments and suggestions, and answers. General information on the PSM program and PSM strategies are provided in an introduction. (JN)
Descriptors: Calculators, Equations (Mathematics), Geometry, Grade 8, Integers, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Percentage, Probability, Problem Solving, Secondary School Mathematics, Skill Development
Dale Seymour Publications, P.O. Box 10888, Palo Alto, CA 94303 ($18.95, $120.00 for entire set; audio-cassette tapes no charge, on 2-week loan).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Policy and Program Development.
Authoring Institution: Lane County Education Service District, Eygene, OR.
Identifiers: Problem Solving in Mathematics Project
Note: For related documents, see SE 045 241-248 In-service audio cassette tapes, which provide indepth guidance on using the PSM grade-level books, are available for loan upon request.