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Orman, Sheryl A. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1993
Describes mathematics backpacks containing four mathematics activities designed to (1) strengthen the home-school connection; (2) present open-ended activities that encourage discussion; and (3) engage students and parents in learning mathematical concepts. Provides a sample draft letter to the parents, example activities, guidelines for…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Graphs
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Lubinski, Cheryl Ann; Vacc, Nancy Nesbitt – Arithmetic Teacher, 1994
Discusses the effect on classroom learning environments of teacher beliefs about mathematics and teaching, teacher knowledge of children's thinking, teacher knowledge of content, and worthwhile mathematical tasks. (MKR)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Classroom Environment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Spangler, Denise A. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1992
Presents 11 open-ended questions that can be presented to students and teachers at all educational levels in various formats to assess mathematical beliefs. Questions investigate beliefs toward mathematics, the problem-solving process, mathematicians, and mathematical applications. (MDH)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Stix, Andi – Arithmetic Teacher, 1994
Describes journal writing as an element of multimodal teaching. Discusses how students utilize journal writing that includes pictures, numbers, symbols, and manipulatives to help understand mathematical concepts. Provides a form to evaluate students' portfolio writing and examples of students' evaluated work. (Contains 12 references.) (MDH)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Concept Formation
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Yackel, Erna; And Others – Arithmetic Teacher, 1990
Two aspects of instructional practice in mathematics are discussed: the process of developing instructional activities and the importance of engaging students in mathematical discussion. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards are evaluated based on this discussion. (CW)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Learning Activities
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Kroll, Diana Lambdin; Yabe, Toshiaki – Arithmetic Teacher, 1987
Presented is a brief overview of Japanese education followed by specific ideas about important considerations in the teaching of mathematics in elementary grades. Examples are given for teaching flexibility in mathematical thinking. (RH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Achievement
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Bohan, Harry – Arithmetic Teacher, 1990
Described is a strategy that shows students how one mathematical concept can be connected to another. The emphasis is on both process and product and can lead to creating a learning environment where students do mathematics as mathematicians do. (KR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Carpenter, Thomas P. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1985
Research on the characteristics of individuals who have demonstrated a high level of ability in mathematics is presented. The importance of structure in mathematical thinking is stressed and implications for teaching are detailed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Wheatley, Grayson H., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1992
Discusses a variation on tiling that offers opportunities for the construction of the fundamental mathematical concept of constructing abstract units called "unitizing." Tiling integrates geometric and numerical settings to develop spatial sense and present mathematics as constructing patterns. (MDH)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary Education
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Davis, Robert B. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1991
Examined is the situation in which pupils invent mathematics on their own and teachers' reactions to this situation. The assimilation of students' original ideas into correct mathematical concepts is discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Computation
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Moniuszko, Linda K. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1991
Described are activities within extended problem-solving settings which allow middle school mathematics students, particularly at-risk students, to determine applications for a wide range of mathematical processes and concepts. Emphasis is on reality-based projects which often require more than one step as preparation for future consumer…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Hopkins, Martha H. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1993
Presents 5 activities for the family and K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8 grade levels that focus on the connection between mathematics and children's literature. Activities examine the mathematical concepts of sorting, classifying, geometry, estimation, averages, and measurement. Provides reproducible worksheets. (JAF)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classification, Content Area Reading, Elementary Education
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Young, Sharon L. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1991
Presented are activities that focus on gathering, using, and interpreting data about fingerprints as a basis for integrating mathematics and science. Patterns, classification, logical reasoning, and mathematical relationships are explored by making graphs, classifying fingerprints, and matching identical fingerprints. A parent-involvement activity…
Descriptors: Classification, Data Analysis, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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Wadlington, Elizabeth; And Others – Arithmetic Teacher, 1992
Presents a three-phase process that connects writing and cooperative problem solving to each other and to mathematical skills and concepts. The three phases are: (1) writing to communicate mathematics; (2) cooperative learning; and (3) problem solving. Provides examples illustrating each phase. (MDH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education
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Bitner, Joe; Partridge, M. Elizabeth – Arithmetic Teacher, 1991
Described is a "stock market" game in which students can strengthen many mathematical concepts and skills while learning more about economics and world events. Background information on the stock market, directions for playing the game, a worksheet, and ways to integrate other curriculum areas are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Economics, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics
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