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ERIC Number: EJ782618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Posing Problems from Children's Literature
Young, Elaine; Marroquin, Christine L.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v12 n7 p362-366 Mar 2006
One of the most important principles in reform mathematics is allowing students to be challenged by mathematics problems. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM 2000) has called for changes in the problems that are typically posed to students, asserting that such problems should instead require students to reason, communicate, represent, problem solve, and make mathematical connections. Posing open-ended, extendable problems allows students to construct their own mathematical learning and understanding by building on previous experiences and making connections among topics and disciplines. One of the ways teachers can pose rich mathematics problems is by basing scenarios on stories from children's literature. In this article, the authors discuss how teachers can use children's literature in mathematics lessons and present three literature-based mathematics lessons. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A