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Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Benchmarking is an important strategy for comparing the size of fractions. In addition, knowing whether a given fraction is greater or less than a particular benchmark (e.g., one-half) can support students with accurately locating the fraction on a number line. This article offers a game-based activity that engages students in discussions around…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Benchmarking, Comparative Analysis, Fractions

Hourigan, Mairead; Leavy, Aisling – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2017

Working within the context of a contest to find the most beautiful tourist attraction in the world, Year 5 students investigate the most symmetric building from a short-list of three iconic buildings. This involves investigating both line and rotational symmetry in order to make an informed decision about the symmetrical nature of each building.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Architecture, Mathematics Activities

Hensberry, Karina K. R.; Moore, Emily B.; Perkins, Katherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015

In this article, the authors describe classroom use of technology that successfully engaged fourth grade students (typically aged 9-10) in the United States in learning about fractions. The activities involved the use of an interactive simulation designed to support student learning of fractions, and whole-class discussion where students were…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Fractions

Prescott, Anne; Pressick-Kilborn, Kimberley – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015

In this article it can be seen how primary school students, pre-service and in-service teachers can all benefit from the experience of participating in a lunchtime maths club. A range of activities suitable for an extracurricular club is included.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods

Roche, Anne; Clarke, Doug – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014

Anne Roche and Doug Clarke discuss the importance of developing students' persistence in relation to problem solving during the use of challenging tasks. They provide a useful list of strategies that teachers can use to encourage persistence amongst their students.

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Persistence, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics

Thomas, Troy A.; Wiest, Lynda R. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013

Troy Thomas and Lynda Wiest share an engaging lesson on statistics involving analysis of real-world data on the top ten video game sales in the United States during a one-week period. Three upper-primary classes completed the lesson, providing insight into the lesson's effectiveness. The lesson description includes attention to the manner in which…

Descriptors: Video Games, Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Mathematics Instruction

Clarke, Doug; Roche, Anne – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010

As part of the Contemporary Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Project (CTLM), the mathematics education team at Australian Catholic University has the privilege of working with principals, teachers, students, and parents in schools in the Melbourne Archdiocese. A particular highlight is the opportunity to work alongside project teachers and…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics

Muir, Tracey – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

When asked to calculate the area of a particular shape, one student responded by asking, "Is that the outside or the inside?" while another student replied, "I think it's the one where you put a little 2 next to it." Both of these responses indicate a lack of conceptual understanding of area and reinforce the research findings…

Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Mathematical Concepts

Wiest, Lynda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2005

Perimeter and area are important real-world concepts in their own right, and their relationship certainly is no less important. This relationship can be intuitively challenging for both children and adults. In this article, the author explores the relationship between perimeter and area with students from grades 4 to 6. The study of perimeter-area…

Descriptors: Grade 4, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra

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

Baker, John; Baker, Ann – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2004

In this article, the authors would like to look at a range of solutions submitted by Year 4-5 teams in the 2003 "Naturally Mathematical Challenge" to a question that involves no more than the numbers 1 to 6 and possible arrangements of them. In the context of other competition questions and in their elaboration of mathematical process, they have…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4, Grade 5, Number Concepts