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Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
When working within a meaningful context quite young students are capable of working with sophisticated data. Year 3 students investigate thermal insulation and the transfer of heat in a STEM inquiry, developing skills in measuring temperature by conducting a statistical investigation, and using a stylised graph to interpret their data.
Descriptors: Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Graphs, Data Interpretation
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Bicknell, Brenda; Young-Loveridge, Jenny; Simpson, Jackie – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017
A robust understanding of place value is essential. Using a problem-based approach set within meaningful contexts, students' attention may be drawn to the multiplicative structure of place value. By using quotitive division problems through a concrete-representational-abstract lesson structure, this study showed a powerful strengthening of Year 3…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Arithmetic, Mathematics Instruction, Young Children
Watson, Kelly – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2016
In order for students to move from using concrete materials to using mental strategies and from additive to multiplicative thinking, the use of arrays and visualisation is pivotal. This article describes a lesson in which students are taken through a Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) approach that involves noticing structure, using…
Descriptors: Multiplication, Visualization, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Chesney, Marlene – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013
Marlene Chesney describes a piece of research where the participants were asked to complete a calculation, 16 + 8, and then asked to describe how they solved it. The diversity of invented strategies will be of interest to teachers along with the recommendations that are made. So "how do 'you' solve 16 + 8?"
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mental Computation, Mathematical Logic, Addition
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Norton, Stephen; Zhang, Qinqiong – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013
We often hear about how well other countries are performing in international tests such as PISA. In this article, Stephen Norton and Qinqiong Zhang describe a classroom and a tutor session from a Chinese setting. They describe the amount of time spent in class and out of class working on mathematics. Also they explain how learning is highly valued…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cultural Influences
Northcote, Maria – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011
Digital cameras are now commonplace in many classrooms and in the lives of many children in early childhood centres and primary schools. They are regularly used by adults and teachers for "saving special moments and documenting experiences." The use of previously expensive photographic and recording equipment has often remained in the domain of…
Descriptors: Photography, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Skills
Betts, Paul; Crampton, Amanda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011
In this article, the authors describe a reform-based activity concerning multiplication, developed within the context of the children's story "The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs" by Phoebe Gilman. They also provide vignettes of informal multiplicative thinking by Grade 2/3 children that occur during these activities. The informal multiplicative…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Multiplication, Mathematics Instruction, Childrens Literature
Higgins, Heidi J.; Wiest, Lynda R. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2006
Teachers who believe "practice makes perfect" may engage students in repetitive, perhaps timed, computational exercises. If educators teach students to understand the procedures they practice, however, they will not need as much drill and they will have more flexible use of the computations they perform. Three-quarters of a century ago, William…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Arithmetic, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Logic
Sparrow, Len – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2004
Recently, the author has been fortunate to be a visitor in a number of classrooms in the United States, England and Europe. On one such visit to an Elementary School in Columbia, Missouri, the teachers accepted him into their normal classrooms for their normal lessons. He moved between three classes: Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 4. A snapshot…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 2, Grade 1, Problem Solving