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ERIC Number: EJ1020113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Sharing Beans with Friends
Bell, Clare V.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v20 n4 p238-244 Nov 2013
Teachers and researchers have known for decades that the use of storybooks can have a positive impact on students' experiences with mathematics. This article describes how first graders in an urban public school actively engage with mathematics by using the story "Bean Thirteen" as a context for developing number sense. This activity demonstrated support for students' active engagement with mathematical concepts by prompting movement through a sequence of problem-solving steps, encouraging imagination in mathematical thinking, helping the children make mathematical connections, and providing opportunities to demonstrate enthusiasm. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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