ERIC Number: EJ1074785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Reference Count: 8
Toy Stories: Modeling Rates
Swanson, Patricia E.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v22 n2 p76-83 Sep 2015
Elementary school mathematics is increasingly recognized for its crucial role in developing the foundational skills and understandings for algebra. In this article, the author uses a lesson to introduce the concept of "rates"--comparing two different types and units of measure--and how to graph them. Described is the lesson and shared materials developed to teach it. Then using the students' question as a lens, the mathematical practices that students engaged in as they attempted to make sense of their data are discussed.
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Algebra, Skill Development, Concept Formation, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods, Toys, Group Activities, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6
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