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Reys, Barbara J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1985
The history of mental computation in the elementary school curriculum is briefly described, followed by discussion of the benefits of mental computation. How thinking skills are enhanced is then illustrated. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, History
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Reys, Robert E., Ed.; Reys, Barbara J., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986
Using factoring as an aid to mental multiplication is illustrated. Other suggestions for teaching mental computation are also included. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Sowder, Judith T. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1990
Discusses mental computation and how and when it should be taught. Describes seven properties of mental algorithms. (YP)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Reys, Robert E., Ed.; Reys, Barbara J., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1987
Use of compatible numbers resulting in easy mental computations is described, along with related teaching and testing tips. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Learning Activities
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Reys, Robert E. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1985
This article calls attention to testing as an integral part of teaching mental computation. It begins with an overview of students' performance and is followed by some specific suggestions for testing mental computation skills in the classroom. (Author)
Descriptors: Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education
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Reys, Robert E., Ed.; Reys, Barbara J., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986
Activities on estimation and mental computation are presented. Patterns on a hundred chart, an amazing fact, teaching and testing tips, and other references are included. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Learning Activities
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Reys, Barbara J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986
What mental computation and estimation are, what is known from research about each process, and what can help students develop these skills are discussed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction
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Reys, Barbara J.; Reys, Robert E. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986
After summing up the current status related to estimation and mental computation, what needs to be done to promote increased instruction on these topics is discussed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Editorials, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Holmes, Emma E. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1975
Games for use in practicing rounding numbers and mental computation using tens and hundreds are described. The importance of estimation to computation is discussed. (SD)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Hampel, Paul J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
A program is given which offers students a chance to practice mental computation and judge the effects of various rules for formating output. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education
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Rea, Robert E.; French, James – Arithmetic Teacher, 1972
A study of activities in mental computation and in paper and pencil enrichment activities for sixth graders showed that both treatments produced increases in achievement test scores. Examples of both types of activities used are included. (DT)
Descriptors: Achievement, Computation, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics
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Payne, Joseph N., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1987
Four worksheets and teaching suggestions are presented, with the focus on mental computation for levels 2-3; factors, levels 3-4; and nonroutine problems, levels 5-6 and 7-8. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities
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Ockenga, Earl; Duea, Joan – Arithmetic Teacher, 1983
Four activities focus on estimation and mental computation. Each consists of a game that can be used on an overhead projector. The content involved finding costs and estimating sums, products, and percents. (MNS)
Descriptors: Addition, Class Activities, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics
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Parker, Janet; Widmer, Connie Carroll – Arithmetic Teacher, 1992
Describes the method to solve problems called T-E-M-T-T: trial, error, and modified trial through technology. The method integrates students' skills of estimation, mental computation, and appropriate choice of calculator use. Includes 2 activities for each of grades K-4 and 5-8 that illustrate the method. (MDH)
Descriptors: Calculators, Computation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education
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Hopkins, Martha H. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1992
Presents five activities focusing on mental computation and estimation for the K-3, 3-5, 4-6, and 6-8 grade levels that require the student, acting as a judge, to review solutions to problems and to pronounce and justify a verdict. Provides suggested materials, questions, possible extensions, answers, and worksheets for each activity. (MDH)
Descriptors: Addition, Computation, Elementary Education, Error Correction
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