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Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016
This article describes activities in which students deepen their relational understanding of the equals sign through exploring inequalities in a competitive dice game, built around the familiar fairy-tale "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Big Bad Wolf." The activity can be adapted to different abilities by choosing more or less…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Teaching Methods, Class Activities, Mathematics Education
Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016
The use of enabling and extending prompts allows tasks to be both accessible and challenging within a classroom. This article provides an example of how to use enabling and extending prompts effectively when employing a challenging task in Year 2.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts
Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016
The Smarties-Box Challenge encourages students to apply several different mathematical capabilities and concepts--such as, estimation, multiplication, and the notion of being systematic--to solve a complex, multistep problem. To effectively engage in the Smarties-Box Challenge, students are required to demonstrate aspects of all four proficiency…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction