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Lamb, Charles E.; Hutcherson, Lyndal R. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Some strategies for avoiding misconceptions about the greatest common factor and the least common multiple are presented. Several alternative methods for computing each are given. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts
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Beckwith, Melinda F. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Experiences and suggestions from a teacher using computers in a grade five-six classroom are given. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Shaw, Jean M. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Scavenger hunt activities for a range of mathematical topics are presented. Numbers, measurements, fractions, and geometry are among the topics included for the 14 types of hunts described. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Fractions, Geometric Concepts
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Slesnick, Twila – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
The problem-solving skills of logical thinking, critical thinking, visualization, and communication skills are linked with some activities for students. Sample activities with logic, strategies and patterns, breaking fixed notions, open-minded problems, spatial visualization, and communication are described. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Mathematical Enrichment
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Lichtenberg, Donovan R. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
When the words "problem" and "answers" are used in connection with computational exercises, students think they are solving problems. Distinguishing between computational forms and problems is illustrated with a variety of topics. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Dewar, Jacqueline M. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Using a proportions approach to solving the three types of percent problems is discussed, with a drawing of a comparison scale. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Percentage
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Schmalz, Rosemary – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Not only assigning articles to be read by preservice teachers but also posing specific tasks to be done as a result of reading them is suggested. Different categories are included, with 11 articles noted. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Learning Activities
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Flores, Alfinio – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Writing short computer programs can help students to develop an understanding of random processes in probability. Three sample programs are included. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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LeBlanc, John F. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1983
Attitudes of pre- and in-service teachers toward problem solving are discussed, and how to provide successful problem-solving experiences is described. Both formal and informal methods are included. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education
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Ott, Jack M.; And Others – Arithmetic Teacher, 1983
Children need more than activities to help them see that the relationship expressed in a formula is true. Giving them the underlying principles will contribute to better comprehension, retention, and transfer. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Logical Thinking
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Schroeder, Thomas L. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
Work with microcomputers should be included in the preservice teacher education program. Broadening students' horizons by making them aware of the scope and diversity of worthwhile uses of computers, questions to help them become discriminating, and modeling positive attitudes are each discussed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Change, Mathematics Instruction
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Bloomstrand, Nancy L. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
An enrichment program emphasizing activities with calculators and computers for mathematically advanced children is discussed. How the program was implemented in grades three - six and in grades one - two is described in some detail. A schedule of activities and a list of resources is also given. (MNS)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Calculators, Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Education
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Hart, Lynn C. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
How a group of seventh-grade students was involved in helping elementary school students learn to use a microcomputer is described. Objectives were identified, a schedule set up, and problems considered. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Junior High School Students
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Isenberg, Joan P.; Altizer-Tuning, Carol J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
The general professional preparation of competent primary-grade teachers, as well as the mathematical component of the teacher education program, are discussed. Overall goals, mathematical content, courses, methodological concerns, and teacher competencies are detailed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Curriculum
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Weber, Larry Jerome; Todd, Robert M. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
A letter from a parent about a homework assignment involving much repetition (and time) is used as the vehicle to discuss the problem. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Homework, Learning Activities
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