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ERIC Number: EJ1008391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
So, Here's the Story
Columba, Lynn
Teaching Children Mathematics, v19 n6 p374-381 Feb 2013
Mathematics is about reasoning, patterns, and making sense of things. Children's literature provides a powerful opportunity to foster unique experiences in mathematics learning. Storybooks, thinking strategies, and manipulatives offer a winning combination for mastering multiplication facts based on conceptual ideas and relationships. The most effective method for multiplication-fact instruction is to introduce the concepts through problem situations and to link new concepts to prior knowledge. In the sequence, models are used before presenting symbolic representations. Then the rules are taught explicitly and followed with mixed practice (Fuson, Grandau, and Sugiyama 2001). Children's literature offers this problem-solving context. Seeley (2009) recommends stimulating students' interest in mathematics by developing their imaginative thinking and creativity. Storybooks offer a creative alternative to a formulaic approach. In this article, the author shares some successful approaches she used while working with third-grade students engaged in learning their basic facts. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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